Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Canterbury Arts Conference (CArtsCon) 2017

Interested in attending conferences with colleagues in England this summer? Check out the details below for the Canterbury Arts Conference!

Canterbury Arts Conference (CArtsCon) 2017
18—21 July 2017
Canterbury, England (UK)

The annual Canterbury Arts Conference (CArtsCon) brings visitors from around Britain and the world to beautiful Canterbury, UK to share knowledge/experience, network and make lifelong friends. It will take place at venues such as the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury Baptist Church and Warnborough College, from 18—21 July 2017.

Now in our fifth year, the definition of ‘arts’ has grown with each conference. Studio art, an art exhibit, art history, film & TV studies, a film festival, music, theatre, a book reading, culinary arts, naturopathy—and more—are addressed at this international annual event.

This year’s broad theme—“Art for Change” is a conundrum. “Change” is typically seen as making something different, developing it, and/or moving it from one place or state to another. But “change” can also refer to loose coins — the few pennies we have left over — or to money in general. Therefore, the topic for CArtsCon 2017 will fuse these concepts into a lively debate.

The deadline for initial proposals is 31 March 2017. Please read the Entry Guidelines for each category and make your submissions ASAP. Fees are reasonable and excitement is building. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity!

Relevant Links: www.cartscon.com (conference website home)
jkiefer@warnborough.edu (Dr. Jill Kiefer – Director, CArtsCon 2017)

http://www.cartscon.com/call-papers/ (entry guidelines)

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

HME visits the AGB

Learn more about the strengths and challenges your HME colleagues face in their home museum/gallery! The first of these events will be held at the Art Gallery of Burlington.
Come to this event to:
  • Get a FREE behind-the-scenes tour, given by fellow museum educators
  • Cultivate ideas and resources for your own institution
  • Network with colleagues
  • Enrich HME discussions

A one hour tour of the Art Gallery of Burlington will be followed by dinner at Saigon on Brant where you can connect with colleagues in a relaxed setting. Please note: dinner is optional and paid for by attendees.

Interested in joining us? Registration is limited!

Please register by: Wednesday March 22, 2017

Free parking will be provided for all attendees by the Art Gallery of Burlington.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Feb 27 Meeting Cancelled

Hi everyone!

Just wanted to let you know we've cancelled the Feb 27 meeting due to low RSVP.

There's some fun news and events happening in the coming months - watch your email for announcements soon!
Make sure you're on the mailing list here.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

CAGE Conference 2017 Invitation

Hi HME members! Ever consider attending a Canadian Art Gallery Educators conference? This year's is now open for registration! 

Dear Colleagues & Friends,

I am delighted to share with you news about the next Canadian Art Gallery Educators Conference. For April 20-23, 2017, we are headed to historic Halifax, hosted by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, to explore the themes of accessibility and advocacy in the context of art gallery and museum education.

Highlights of the conference include: A kick-off and a special keynote presentation by Amanda Cachia, an independent curator & critic specializing in bridging the arenas of contemporary art practice, politics and disability studies; a panel discussion moderated by Visual Artist & Disability Art Professional Elizabeth Sweeney, and hands-on art-making at artist studio & community hub Wonderneath. All this and more alongside stimulating conversations, AGNS programming and networking opportunities!

Do you have a recent program or project that relates to our topic? We would love to hear all about it! Please consider presenting a case study during the conference. All accepted case study participants will receive a discount on registration and the gratification of sharing your unique program with colleagues from across the country!

Full Conference Details: http://cageart.ca/

Dara Armsden

Senior Chair, CAGE
Head of Education & Learning, Art Gallery of Alberta

Travel Grant Opportunities:

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Letter from a New Member

Hi everyone! A new HME member, Amy Hetherington, has a message for us all. Please read below!

Dear Hamilton Museum Educator Group Members,

A few months ago you had an evening session all about social media.
Unfortunately, this was about two days after I joined the group and I
already had plans for the night and was unable to attend! However, it
left me thinking and certainly encouraged me to come out to an evening
gathering in November. It was wonderful to meet the people who were able
to attend.

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Dr Amy Hetherington and I’m a
Burlington-based freelance heritage consultant. I’ve recently moved back
to Canada from the UK and have decided to continue my freelancing over
here, and naturally that means I’d like to network with more museum
people, especially in Ontario.

My speciality is in audience research and visitor studies, aspects of
museum work that often fall by the wayside during projects or programs
and that most museums never quite get around to (the same thing happens
in Europe). However, as an extension of this, I have also become heavily
involved in social media over the years (going on 7 years now that I
have been doing social media assistance and marketing for non-profits
and for conference/event organisers). I know many of you are probably
struggling with one or both of these issues in your organisation
(museum, gallery, cultural centre, arts organisation, etc.).

Getting in touch with a consultant can seem daunting, and many people
have the assumption that we’re very expensive! We’re really not,
especially those of us who work in the cultural sector. And we are
generally happy to talk with you upfront, for free, to see how we could
help. I certainly am.

If anyone would like to get in touch to talk about social media issues
in your organisation, or you are wondering about doing visitor research
or want to revisit your audience (or the audience you aren’t getting!)
then please feel free to drop me a line.

My email is amy@dramyhetherington.com and my website is
www.dramyhetherington.com. You can see all my services listed, projects
I’ve completed, and testimonials from previous clients. Don’t hesitate
to get in touch, even if you aren’t sure what you’re asking for!

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Meeting Cancellation Procedure: Inclement Weather

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It's that time of year, folks!

Here's what happens if there's inclement weather on the day of an HME meeting:

  • we'll try to make the decision as early as possible that day
  • we'll post here on the blog that the meeting's been cancelled
  • we'll send out an email to the mailing list, so you'll get the notification right in your inbox1

Thanks everyone, and hope to see you at the next meeting!


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Cafe Night: November 2016

We met at Williams in Burilngton by Silvercity on Nov 28, 2016, to hear a great presentation from Lambton Heritage Museum's Luke Stempien about that museum's recent RE:ORG project and discuss education/handling collections.
Thanks for sharing, Luke!


  • Started through ICOM and UNESCO
  • around since 2006, came to Canada in 2014/15
  • First piloted in Ontario 
  • Step-by-step tool kit for reorganizing space, easily scalable
  • There should be a space for everything (including educational materials and collections)
  • 2011 ICOM surveyed museums, 1/3 lack regular storage cleaning schedule
  • Have storage space staff person to oversee
  • Safe space for storage
  • Collection space/ operational/education/curatorial
  • Took a whole year to do the reorg
  • Project team; all full time and part time staff, regular meetings, (core team of 3 people, bigger team of 6)
  • Can help show where collection strengths and weaknesses are
  • Myths: you don't need to have a full collections inventory to start the process, you might have more space than you think
  • How long to find something in storage?: should take 3 mins
  • Started out taking about 20 mins to find something

How to get started?
Click this PDF link for RE:ORG's Self Evaulation Tool

  • Get senior management involved; RE:ORG is good because it gives numbers that can be used across a number of museums and internationally
  • Get in touch with other museums and galleries
  • Collecting moratorium?
  • Changes to method of collecting? / Have to tackle policy documents?
  • Volunteer collections committee (buffer between staff and public)?
  • Make sure there's enough staff (right ratio between collections and education)

Suggestions for moving forward with RE:ORG

  • Look at policy documents, tie collecting into interpretation
  • Offsite storage for non-essential things
  • Interpretive costumes: could go on compression storage
  • Education materials storage: a particular place for things like Tool kit bookings and a system to keep track of all items (Separate systems?)
  • Deasscensioning: can go to committee