Thursday, 26 April 2018

HME at Halton Region Heritage Exchange

On April 12, HME coordinators Luke Stempien and Teresa Gregorio presented at the Halton Region Heritage Exchange in Acton. Attendees learned about what we do at HME, and were invited to join our group.

This is the second annual Halton Heritage Exchange, and is a great place to meet, network, and learn more from colleagues in the heritage field.

Presentations were diverse, including volunteer-run local history museums to a representative from the OMA.

Interested in learning more? You can see the presentations on the Heritage Exchange website here.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

HME visits the AGH: visit recap

On Thursday, March 29, HME visited the AGH as a part of our ongoing series of museum/gallery visits.

We enjoyed a wonderful talk with Education Coordinator Jocelyn McKeown who introduced us to the variety of educational programs and events at the Gallery. We also got a sneak peek into their wonderfully stocked studio space! Thank you Jocelyn!

Following this, we had a fantastic tour with one of the AGH's talented volunteer docents, Hano. He showed us around several of the exhibitions, and gave us information on what it's like as a highly-trained and skilled docent at the AGH. Thank you Hano!

Below are some images and notes from this great tour. Thanks to everyone who helped to make this happen, and to all our HME members who attended!

  • AGH sees 8000-9000 students/year, and has 600 events

  • New program: “artful moments”; they are doing studies based on the program, in partnership with St Peter’s Hospital. The team had 2 published articles in the past iteration
  • Tours 90% volunteer lead
    Docents don’t get a script, build tours themselves, curriculum based
    Focus on critical analysis process
    Pay artists to do studio programs
  • Hano: docent giving our tour is a retired teacher
    Free friday tours, faculty event tours, started with little kids but now tours all ages
  • Volunteers go through training program, interviewed
    Promoting shadowing, some volunteers are retiee teachers, others without education background
    Have a google doc, docents go in to and see what tours are coming up
  • Children with special needs: docents do special training, particularly for the artful moments events, including with a speech pathologist
  • First Friday free: didn’t used to have a volunteer for tours, now it does, Hano says it’s already doubled! These are 45-60 mins
  • Studio space: Big windows! Bright, sinks, jealous! AGH has visits from Camp programs, Guides, scouts
    Painting uncorked

    images of the fantastic studio space for educational visits at the AGH!

  • Have to find rooms for quiet space
  • AGH is 104 years old, opened with William Blair Bruce donation
  • All 29 of his works will hang on a wall in the central part of the gallery
  • Didn’t have first paid employee until 1940s
  • AGH has over 10,000 works of art in its collection
  • On the first floor is usually a travelling exhibition

  • Waterworks exhibition: Different media, borrowed work
  • Edward Burtynsky exhibition:
    School groups sign up for 2 hours, switch between gallery and studio|
    Smaller gallery space set up to be a response from visitors
    All visitor work will be collected and archived, put in a book
  • Tours are about more than just the art, different curriculum
  • Speaking for Herself exhibition:
    12% of the work in the AGH collection made by women artists

...and don't forget about our delicious dinner following the AGH tour! We walked over to Bul & Gogi House and had time to talk about the tour, our work, and some ideas for future HME events!

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

HME visits the AGH!


Following our first very popular "HME visits" event in 2017, we're now doing TWO such events for 2018!

In this event, you can learn more about the core programming and tour the exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Hamilton!

Come to this event to:

  • Get a FREE tour, given by fellow museum educators 
  • Cultivate ideas and resources for your own institution 
  • Network with colleagues 
  • Enrich HME discussions 

A tour of the current AGH exhibitions will be followed by dinner (location TBA) where you can connect with colleagues in a relaxed setting. Please note: dinner is optional and paid for by attendees.

4:30: Arrive at AGH and begin with a welcome to the gallery and introduction to core programming
Get tour of current exhibitions by museum education colleague
7:00: Dinner (optional - paid for by attendees) details TBD

Find parking info here for the AGH.

Interested in joining us? Registration is limited! Please register by: Tuesday March 27, 2018

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

York Region District School Board Museum & Archives Heritage Schoolhouse hosting SLATE 2018

We are excited to be hosting SLATE 2018 at the York Region District School Board Museum & Archives Heritage Schoolhouse.  Please mark Monday, April 16th on your calendars.
The agenda for the day is still in the draft stage but it will include presentations about using digital tools at the schoolhouse and working with schools to develop heritage fairs that explore the multiple voices of history.
There will also be roundtable discussions to share ideas. Suggestions from last year’s SLATE include fundraising, concerns about the rising cost of bussing and sharing unique aspects of each site’s programming.  If you have ideas for other topics, please let us know by the end of January.
Looking forward to seeing you in the new year!
Happy Holidays
Jan Emonson (Curator) & Christina Blake (Education Programmer)
YRDSB Museum & Archives
21 Renfrew Drive
Markham, ON
L3R 8H3

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Mini Conference Evaluation RESULTS

Following is a collation of the Mini Conference evaluations. Here at HME we use your input to guide our future meeting and Mini Conference topics, and improve all our offerings!

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Mini Conference: Technology in Museums Notes and Resources

We had a wonderful group of participants and presenters at this fall's HME Mini Conference on Technology in Museums.

Below are notes are resources on each of the presentations.
Have notes or resources you'd like to share? You can comment on this post, or take the conversation over to HME's Facebook page!

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Mini Conference: Technology in Museums Schedule

We've had a wonderful response to this mini conference topic! Thank you to everyone who registered.

Below, find the schedule outline for the day.
If you have any questions, please email one of the HME coordinators.

HME Mini Conference
Technology in Museums
November 20, 2017
Royal Botanical Gardens
Room 1 / 2 (upstairs on Mezzanine level)


10:00 - 10:15
Welcome, intro, housekeeping

10:15 - 10:30
Unconference "prep" with Meredith and Julie

10:30 - 11:00
Ryan Dodge; Digital Visitors are Visitors Too

11:00 - 11:30
Dr. Amy Hetherington; 101 Ways to Do It Right (and 1001 ways to do it wrong)

11:30 - 12:00
Karin Davidson-Taylor; Reaching Beyond the Museum Walls

12:00 - 1:00
Tour of RBG Library limit 10 people per tour
tours at 12:00, 12:15, 12:30, 12:45

1:00 - 1:30
Liza Barney; Connecting students to birds and nature…with technology?

1:30 - 2:00
Meredith Leonard and Julie Sutton-Yardley; Getting Technical with Topical Challenges

2:00 - 2:30
Dave Potts; Collaborative Learning

2:30 - 3:00

Space generously provided by the RBG
Coffee, tea, and light refreshments sponsored by Carr McLean