Join us for the fall 2019 HME Mini Conference "Museums and Climate Change"
Date: Monday October 7, 10 - 3
Location: Royal Botanical Gardens, Room 3/ 4
HME events are FREE
HME Mini Conferences allow you to connect with museum, gallery, historic home, and parks colleagues from across the area, learn from guest speakers, and get access to local cultural institutions for a one-day FREE professional development experience
While many of our attendees are in education, we welcome folks from all specialties to our Mini Conferences and meetings.
Chris McAnally, EPt.Environmental Sustainability Coordinator
Royal Botanical Gardens
Environmental Sustainability at RBG – Progress made and lessons learned coordinating sustainability at a museum
RBG’s Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, Chris McAnally, will discuss what projects and initiatives RBG has been up to related to sustainability and climate change planning, sharing insight on the challenges, successes, and future goals.
Chris McAnally received his B.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies at McMaster University in 2015. In 2016 he received a graduate certificate in Environmental Management and Assessment from Niagara College. While at Niagara College, Chris worked at the City of St. Catharines and played a key role in the development of their community scale greenhouse gas inventory. In December 2016 he was hired on as RBG’s environmental sustainability intern at and has since moved into the role of “Environmental Sustainability Coordinator”. In this role Chris is responsible for working across departments to identify opportunities to reduce RBG’s operational environmental impact as well as to aid with the development and implementation of sustainability and climate focused policy.
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Briana PalmerAssociate Professor, School of the Arts, McMaster University
Social Impact of the Printing Press
Briana Palmer lives in Hamilton Ontario, and teaches in the studio arts program at McMaster University. Originally from the west coast Briana received her BFA at the Alberta Collage of Art and Design and her MFA from the University of Alberta. Her primary practice is in printmaking, sculpture and installation; creating works that reflect an intersection between, perception, experience, and social ideologies taken from her own cultural practices, up bringing and daily experiences.
Her works have been exhibited in Canada, U.S and Europe. Her prints are in the collections of the Alberta Foundations of the Arts, Southern Graphics Print Council, and University of Alberta.
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Sapphire SinghEngager, educator and farmer at McQuesten Urban Farm
Getting your hands dirty: Planting seeds & taking action
The McQuesten Urban Farm is a community lead urban agriculture project that began nearly ten years ago. The people living in the McQuesten neighbourhood envisioned long-term solutions to the food insecurity challenges they faced, and brought people and partners together to make their dreams a reality. The three-acre farm is the first of its kind in Hamilton and uniquely positioned to offer community job creation, hands-on workshops, talks, tours, drop-in activities and curriculum linked education programs. The project is rooted in sustainable design and practices which include an outdoor classroom, native plant & pollinator gardens, greenhouses constructed from retrofit shipping containers, organic farming techniques including bio-available soil amendments, stewardship of the land, and collective agency over the access to and distribution of local whole food within the McQuesten neighbourhood.
Sapphire Singh has an Honors BA in Art History from McMaster University. She has worked and volunteered in the non-profit environmental sector for over 20 years exploring and developing opportunities for skills sharing and interactive learning. Singh has worked as the Green Garden & Volunteer Coordinator at Green Venture, and Presentation Coordinator at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market. Today she divides her time between two unique and dynamic workplaces as an Engagement Coordinator at the McQuesten Urban Farm and Historical Garden Demonstrator and Interpreter at Dundurn National Historic Site. Inspired by DIY and craftivist culture, Singh seeks out creative opportunities for cross sector collaboration and programming connected to sustainable urban agriculture.
McQuesten Urban Farm
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Douglas Worts and Ashley WatsonEngaging with Climate Change: How to connect with people and create impacts
Climate change is a massive, complex issue that is both shaping and threatening society. Frighteningly, it is the cultures of humanity that are driving the climate crisis. For museums that aim to do something meaningful and impactful about climate change, the challenge is both compelling and daunting.
This participatory workshop and discussion will help museum practitioners deepen their understanding of the causes and impacts of climate change. Participants will also develop effective ways to address the climate crisis by leveraging the strengths and opportunities available to museums, as well as through building vital relationships with the public that they serve. The workshop will introduce tools that will help you design and plan public programs that will connect with people and have cultural impacts on the climate crisis.
Douglas Worts is a culture & sustainability specialist, in Toronto. Approaching culture broadly, as ‘how we live our lives’, Douglas sees museums as potential facilitators in forging an emerging ‘culture of sustainability’. Earning a MMSt degree in 1982, his next 25 years involved developing experimental exhibits and using integrated audience research at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Through the past two decades, Douglas has focused on how culture shapes and directs the prospects for global human sustainability/unsustainability. He has published and spoken widely on topics from visitor-based creativity, experimental exhibits, technology, learning, new museological models and more. In recent years, the field of ‘systems-thinking’ has become fundamental – locating the forces and factors that create our living culture, which is demonstrably unsustainable. Largely retired, Douglas remains active in the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice, serves on several committees and task forces related to culture and sustainability, as well as publishing and speaking on a range of museological topics.
Ashley Watson is an arts administrator and arts educator with a proven commitment to improving the availability of the arts to diverse audiences. Ashley is a graduate of University of Toronto’s Arts Management BA program and has a MFA from the University of Leicester in Art Museum and Gallery Studies. Her academic knowledge is supported by over eight years of professional experience working in the arts and cultural sector most recently as the Curator at Humber Galleries and as a sessional faculty in the Arts Management program at the University of Toronto. She also relishes her time spent in the garden, riding horses and rock picking.
Thinking in systems: A good introduce to systems thinking as a primer for the workshop
More about the Mini Conference:
- RBG has parking and is connected to public transit. See "Getting There" details.
- Lunch is currently "bring your own". RBG strives to be recycle-friendly and low waste.
- The RBG's rejuvenated Rose Garden recently won a Sustainability Initiative Award from Sustainable Hamilton Burlington
- RBG accessibility information
- Questions? Please email one of HME's coordinators.