Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Recap: HME Behind-the-Scenes at Museums of Mississauga

Yesterday HME visited the Museums of Mississauga's Benares Historic Home for an awesome Behind-the-Scenes tour lead by HME member Lindsay Doren. Thank you so much to Lindsay, Merri, and all the folks at Museums of Mississauga for hosting us!

Stay tuned in the coming days for details on our planning session for 2018-2019!

  




Thursday, 31 May 2018

HME Behind-the-Scenes: Museums of Mississauga


Join us for our behind-the-scenes visit to Museums of Mississauga's Benares Historic Home, followed by dinner at Capra's Kitchen where we'll be planning our 2018-2019 HME year!


We will meet at Benares Historic House (1507 Clarkson Rd N, Mississauga, ON L5J 2W8) for 4:30, where we will receive a tour by colleagues from Museums of Mississauga.

Behind-the-scenes tours have been very popular HME events; you can network with colleagues, ask and see how fellow HME members work in their own institutions, and engage with new ideas in a novel setting.

Following our tour, we'll head over to Capra's Kitchen (1834 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga, ON L5J 1J7) for dinner and our annual planning meeting! The drive from Benares to the restaurant is about 3 minutes.

Year end meetings are important, because it's where the upcoming schedule of HME is planned.
Can't make it, or missed out on your spot? Please email one of your HME coordinators to have your suggestions/ideas heard, and inform the upcoming HME year of 2018-2019!

NOTE: The tour will be FREE, but dinner is at the cost of the attendee.

Tickets will be available until June 20 or when they sell out!

HME visits the Hamilton Public Library Makerspace!

On Monday May 27 HME members visited the Hamilton Central Library Makerspace! We had a guided tour of the various spaces, followed by some chatting and snacks at the nearby Mulberry Street Coffeehouse.

Below are some notes from the visit.

  • Opened April 2016
  • Makerspaces open same time as library, but need to close about 30 mins before
    Sound studio
  • Sound studio: can make reservations, most popular space in Makerspace, have garageband and audacity
  • If you want to edit music, can do it from any Mac in HPL
  • could bring in your own instruments
  • Some people record podcasts
  • Maker studio: Most everything is free for someone in good standing with their membership, but people pay for materials
  • With 3D printer, staff operates it
  • Don’t have to be a 3D designer, some programs are thingiverse, tinkercad
  • Table top scanner
  • Smaller branches have converters for VHS, scanners, convert at 1:1, can also scan negatives and slides, Central is the only branch that has cassette tape to PC device
    3D printer at work, along with some printed objects
  • All Mac have complete Adobe suite
  • There’s a request process on their website where people can suggest differnt things for the HPL to have
  • Large scale printer
  • Gets a lot of use during art crawls and supercrawl
  • Charge by paper and ink, have to run the print first before they know how much it will cost, but still fairly inexpensive
  • Vinyl cutter/printer
  • Any image can be made into a sticker (also has device to cut out vinyl lettering)
Some of the textile tools in the Makerspace

  • Embroidery machine
  • Janome Memory Craft 500E
  • Can use almost any image and it’ll convert it to embroidery
  • Fabric up to light denim?
  • Frosh week folks have used it for their overalls
  • Video/photo studio: They have cameras, but people are welcome to bring in their own equipment
  • Vinyl printer for stickers
Vinyl stickers with our logo!
  • Can book online
  • Can’t book same day, can book up to 7 days ahead, only 1 space at a time
  • If it’s on your library card, you have to be here
  • Demographics: all over the map
  • Mostly people between 20-30
  • Stores will print (from Hamilton Centre)
  • Groups: ask first
  • Sometimes teachers can arrange special tasks that get kids to use all he different stations
  • Usually have programs on Saturday mornings at 10
  • Bring library card, photo id, sign a waiver (eg can’t print a weapon)
Delicious snacks from the Mulberry Street Coffeehouse

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!


    TOUR
  • 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!

REGISTER

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