Tuesday, 12 February 2019

HME Meeting tonight RESCHEDULED

HME Meeting tonight RESCHEDULED due to inclement weather
From Tues Feb 12 to Tues Feb 19

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Exhibit Text Workshop from Halton Heritage Services

The next Haldimand Norfolk Cultural Association meeting is an Exhibit Text Workshop from Halton Heritage Services

REGISTER by end of day WED NOV 21!
contact Natalie at education@ruthvenpark.ca, 905-772-0560
When: Tuesday Nov. 27, 2018   9am – 4pm
Where: Ruthven Park National Historic Site, 243 Haldimand Hwy 54, Cayuga ON N0A1E0
Participants in this workshop will explore what makes good exhibit text and how to produce it. Working with Heritage Services staff, you will:
·         Discuss types of public-facing museum text, the types of museums in which they are found and how text is used in different kinds of museums;
·         Work through examples of museum text, evaluating strengths and weaknesses;
·         Review guidelines and principles for museum text, including word count, sentence and paragraph length, grammar, vocabulary and readability; and
·         both individually and in groups, practice writing and critiquing exhibit text.
There will be a cap on the number who can attend. The only charge is a $10 membership fee for non-members.
Contact Natalie at: education@ruthvenpark.ca, 905-772-0560

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!

  • 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!