MAS Community Chat - Bi-Weekly on Wednesdays
Join us bi-weekly on Wednesdays at 10:00 am for a Community Chat. Connect via Zoom and join museum folks from across the province for an online culture-sector hangout to catch up, chat, ask questions and seek advice.
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May 26, 2021, 10:00 AM - Vito Giovannetti - Introduction to Treasured: an online platform to create interactive museums
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of having a digital presence has become increasingly obvious. With social distancing, restrictions on travel, and rolling lockdowns, many businesses have shifted to offering ways for their community to engage with them digitally. For museums, creating online exhibits has provided a way for the public to enjoy the museum’s collections from home. Treasured is a software company leading a vision to amplify the impact of arts and culture around the world. Delivering meaning and accessibility are the most crucial aspects of a connected online experience, and Treasured achieves this by offering an easy-to-use tool for writing and publishing online stories.
- June 9, 2021 - 10:00 AM - Vincent Houghtaling - When the Bake Sale Goes Stale: Fundraising Adaptation for Challenging Times
Many museums traditionally rely on event-based fundraising to support their operations, but the inability to gather safely has interfered with that model. But if you can’t gather people or make food, what can you do? This presentation will provide some ideas and examples of COVID-safe fundraising events, as well as a general overview of safe and effective fundraising techniques for a variety of circumstances.
- June 23, 2021, 10:00 AM - Tangible & Intangible Cultural Heritage Panel Discussion
Join us for a panel discussion on tangible and intangible cultural heritage. The symposium will explore a range of topics and questions, such as:
- How do objects in collections help or hinder engagement with intangible cultural heritage?
- What changes to traditional collection-oriented practices such as cataloguing, storage, or
conservation are needed for artifacts with an important role in intangible heritage activities? What are the risks to collections in allowing artifacts to be used in these ways?
- Can and should intangible cultural heritage be made tangible in the form of documentation, recordings, images, and other materials? Should intangible heritage be catalogued, and if so, how?
- Can we develop broad best practices for the documentation and preservation of intangible cultural heritage? What ethical questions are raised by these relatively new activities?
- Given the complex and difficult relationship between museums and Indigenous peoples, is there a role for settler-led museums in documenting and preserving Indigenous ICH?
PLEASE NOTE: For July & August, we will be moving to a monthly Community Chat rather than a biweekly chat. The bi-weekly schedule will resume in September.
July 21, 2021 - 10:00 AM - TBC
August 18, 2021 - 10:00 AM - TBC
September 1, 2021 - 10:00 AM - TBC
September 15, 2021 - 10:00 AM - Joan Kanigan - Creating Balance: How to Manage the Ever-Increasing Demands on Your Time
Being able to balance work-life commitments is becoming increasingly more difficult. To-do lists keep getting longer and there never seems to be enough time to get everything done. This session explores the concepts around time management. How to manage time and how to make better decisions to create more balance in our lives. Practical tips and resources to delve deeper into time management concepts will also be provided.
September 29, 2021 - 10:00am - 2021 MAS Awards Ceremony!
Previously Recorded Chats:
- Sep 30, 2020 10:00 AM - Announcement of the 2020 MAS Award Winners! You can view a full video recording of the presentation on YouTube!
- Oct 14, 2020 10:00 AM - Megan Martin - Reimagining museum experiences through a digital mindset
COVID has made digital museum engagement more important than ever. But pandemic or not, disruptive technologies and digital possibilities are changing the world of museums and what they can offer society. And the most successful organizations are those who not only evolve their tactics but also their mindset.
What does it mean to adopt a digital mindset and how can it help you thrive in today’s uncertain world? Megan Martin will explore actionable strategies and examples of how museums big and small are reimagining what is possible. You can view a full video recording of the presentation on YouTube! You can also download and view Megan's slideset here.
If you wish to contact Megan for more information you can do so at the following:
firstname.lastname@example.org | c: 613-899-1893
- Oct 28, 2020 10:00 AM - Merissa Scarlett - Selling Your Museum’s Story
What’s your dream for your town’s museum? Is it a new roof over your collection? Could the dream be developing a partnership with the nearest Indigenous Community? Imagine the feeling of accomplishing your dream. Think about the look of a new roof or thriving on the enthusiasm of new volunteers. How do you achieve that feeling? You need to be selling your museum. Everyone is in sales. Museum volunteers and employees sell their museum through grants, exhibits, programs, and events. Applying sales techniques to telling your story will open more doors for growth for your museum. At the end of this session, you will have various different methods of telling your museum's story. You will be able to apply what you have learned to immediately build better relationships with your stakeholders. You can view a full video recording of the presentation on YouTube! You can also download and view Merissa's slideset here.
- Nov 25, 2020 10:00 AM - Indian Head Museum - Knowledge Keepers: Sharing Stories of a Metis Community
A multi-media joint presentation by four members of the Indian Head Museum will describe why and how they interviewed eight Metis Knowledge Keepers and built a Metis exhibit in the museum. They will discuss the project, including our partnerships with Metis Nation - Saskatchewan and the Indian Head Grand Theatre and we will talk about funding and show and describe the results of the project that, on the Culture Days weekend, brought 200 people into the Grand Theatre to watch a 30-minute video from the interviews on the Saturday, including Lieutenant-Governor Russ Mirasty and MN-S President Glen McCallum. The next day, 100 people came to the museum for the exhibit unveiling and cake. You can view a full video recording of the presentation on YouTube!
- Dec 9, 2020 10:00 AM - MAS library’s new online public access catalogue is ready for launch! Join us as our program director, Dan, shows you how to search, browse, and borrow books in a bunch of new ways. Also, learn more about the Museums For Me initiative with our special guest, Meaghan Patterson, Executive Director of the Alberta Museums Association. You can view a full video recording of the presentation on YouTube!
- Jan 6, 2021 10:00 AM - On This Spot - Using digital technology to turn your community Into an interactive museum
On This Spot is a Canadian app developer owned and operated by millennials with the purpose of changing how people interact with history. Their digital walking tours combine interactive then and now photography with engaging historical storytelling, allowing users to experience history in a whole new way. On This Spot can help you turn your entire community into an interactive museum that engages young people, attracts tourists, and educates the public. On This Spot's versatile digital toolkit can let your museum tell the diverse stories you've always wanted to tell, and take your exhibits outside the box of your museum's four walls. You can view a full video recording of the presentation on YouTube! You can contact the presenter Ross Hiebert via email.
- Jan 20, 2021, 10:00 AM - Karin Steuber - It's More Than Just Stones & Bones: How Archaeology Can Tell A Story
Many museums across the Canadian prairie provinces have within their collections Indigenous artifacts made out of material such as stone and bone. Most of these artifacts can be easily identified as hunting tools like arrowheads; however, sometimes an artifact's use or function is not readily apparent. This session will provide an overview of archaeological artifacts found in Saskatchewan and how museums can display and explain the importance of these objects. Information resources will be provided by the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society to assist in understanding these important artifacts. You can view a full video recording of the presentation on YouTube!
- Feb 3, 2021 10:00 AM - Kati Hannah - Changing Narratives: How museums can adapt language to promote Reconciliation
Learn about identifying and changing problematic language in museum exhibits through real-world examples from the Western Development Museum. Kaiti's workshop resource sheet and contact information can be downloaded here. You can view a full video recording of the presentation on YouTube!
- Feb 17, 2021 10:00 AM - Ern Bieman - From spoken word to artefact – Technical tips for small museums on capturing intangible cultural heritage
Many presentations at this conference will cover the telling of stories about tangible artefacts. This workshop will instead focus on the story as the artefact. Unlike physical objects, intangible cultural heritage can only be witnessed when it is expressed. While we often seek to preserve this form of heritage through repetition and demonstration, it is often lost.
What then is the best manner in which to capture and preserve this non-physical intellectual property? If your institution has a professional videographer or a sound technician on staff, this mini-workshop is probably not for you. However, if you are working in a small organization with nothing more than a smartphone, a point-and-shoot camera, or a box of old cassette tapes, this talk will provide you with tips on how to properly and affordably record, digitize, basic audio and video, and preserve it as part of your existing collections. *Please note, this session is around 2 hours in length. You can view a full video recording of the presentation on YouTube!
- Mar 3, 2021 10:00 AM - Jim Cullen - Significance Assessment in Collections|
Jim Cullen is Executive Director of the Revelstoke Heritage Railway Society in Revelstoke, British Columbia. His career spans three decades in human resources and general management in the corporate, non-profit and museum sectors, and a parallel volunteer career with several railway museums in leadership, operating and collections roles, serving on many non-profit boards.
In this presentation, Jim will explore how the railway equipment they have collected and preserved creates an idiosyncratic picture of Canada’s railway story. Our traditional transport collecting and museum presentations have often prioritized technology and nostalgia and excluded broader contexts. Future diverse audiences, whose lives are increasingly distanced from the railway, want and need more than nostalgia and dry technological data.
A well-designed significance assessment framework will help identify what material evidence of Canada's railway story we should save for future generations and help us make it as meaningful and relevant as possible. This has major implications for collections decisions and how we use collections in exhibits and programs. This presentation is based on Jim's 2017 Master’s Degree dissertation which explored the use of “significance” in museum collections of railway equipment. By extension, this research is applicable to nearly any type of collection. You can view a full video recording of the presentation on YouTube! You can find Jim's presentation notes here and you can find the reading list he referenced here.
Mar 17, 2021 10:00 AM - Justin Williams - How to tell the RCMP story
Learn about the unique and interesting partnership the RCMP and the RCMP Heritage Centre has within its walls and how the partnership allows the very Canadian story to be told even virtually. You can view a full video recording of the presentation on YouTube!
Mar 31, 2021 10:00 AM - One-Year in COVID-19 Check-In & Networking Opportunity
We are now over one-year into the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had major impacts in all aspects of life, including significant ramifications for museums. We want to use this Community Chat session to connect with the Saskatchewan museum community to see how everything is going as we move into the second spring of the pandemic. What is working well? What has been challenging? Have you done any innovative programming or fundraising? Share with your colleagues and hear how other museum folks around the province are doing. View the recording of the chat on YouTube.
Apr 14, 2021 10:00 AM - Helanna Gessner & Ian Hampton - Diefenbaker Canada Centre - Points of View: Bias, Interpretation, and Emotional Response to Storytelling in Museum Spaces
The museum visitor’s predisposed bias contributes to their interpretation and reaction to not only stories shared in the museum, but also the physical space itself. The co-presenters will highlight the importance of how personal connections with museum artefacts can elicit an emotional response through these encounters. In the Diefenbaker Canada Centre’s recent exhibit ‘Touch the Sky: The Story of Avro Canada’, the Avro Arrow blueprints, which became a focal point, was impacted by its relationship with the physical space that the story was being told in. This elicited strong responses from the public, both locally and nationally, and exemplifies how storytelling can help people connect personally with these objects and the space they are in. View the recording of the chat on YouTube.
April 28, 2021 10:00 AM - Julie Mushynsky - Enduring Objects: Decolonizing Canadian Ethnographic Collections
How Canadian museums educate the public about Indigenous history has come to the fore in recent years, especially in response to the TRC’s calls to action. One of the primary challenges for museums is “to authentically represent Indigenous voices inside museum spaces” (Moran 2016). Scholars have argued that to do this, museums must convey the multitude of meanings objects embody and have acquired over time. This talk will discuss the Enduring Objects project, a collaborative project between the University of Regina, the Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM) and First Nations groups in Saskatchewan that identifies the biographies and changing meanings of objects in the Stanley Collection – one of the RSM’s founding ethnographic collections. The talk will discuss how museums in Canada have addressed the TRC’s calls to action, argue for the use of “object biographies” in order to facilitate reconciliation and present some initial findings from the project. You can view a recording of the presentation here.
- May 12, 2021, 10:00 AM - Sandee Moore & Amber Andersen - Network Knowledge Exchange (NKE) Q & A Opportunity
For this year’s Network Knowledge Exchange (NKE) we wanted to highlight the ingenuity of a few of our members, in creating exhibitions that worked around these restrictions and have created interesting opportunities for wider community engagement.
Amber Andersen (EAGM) & Sandee Moore (AGR) were our guests on MAS’s Community Chat on May 12, 2021, to answer questions about their creative approaches to curating during a pandemic which was presented in this year’s Network Knowledge Exchange “Creative Approaches During a Pandemic".
You can view the Network Knowledge Exchange (NKE) presentations prior to the Community Chat recording on YouTube here: