Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Halton Heritage Services needs your feedback!

Halton Heritage Services is considering offering professional development workshops on the topics of exhibit fabrication and design and are looking for feedback as to whether or not this would be of interest to the HME group.

Halton Heritage Services are in the very early planning stages, but are hoping to offer these workshops towards the end of 2017 or the beginning of 2018.  The workshops are definitely hands-on and would likely be offered over two weekends (one weekend would cover exhibit production and fabrication and the second exhibition design) and be held at Heritage Services’ offices in Milton, where there is a full workshop and design studio for course participants use. Registration would be limited to 6-8 people and fees (inclusive of all materials) would be in the neighbourhood of $300-$350.

Topics to be covered include:
-exhibit panel design
-large format printing
-cold laminating and finishing
-substrates and materials
-hand tools and power tools
-related health and safety

In addition to the level of interest, Halton Heritage Services are interested in feedback on pricing (would the amount be within your budget?) along with any other topics members of the group might like to see in this type of workshop (we’ve constructed many of our own program pieces as well, so the skills are definitely transferable!)

Interested in providing feedback? 

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Museum Crawl: GUELPH

This year, the HME Museum Crawl will visit the lovely city of Guelph!

Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Time: 10:00 - 4:00 (detailed itinerary below)
Cost: FREE (dinner not included)
LocationsArt Gallery of GuelphMcCrae HouseGuelph Civic Museum

HME Museum Crawls are designed for professional development of museum education folks. We visit fellow institutions and gain behind-the-scenes access, get a chance to ask questions, compare notes, network, and gain knowledge in a relaxed atmosphere.


10:00 - arrive at Art Gallery of Guelph
11:30 - lunch (location TBD)
1:00 - arrive at McCrae House.
2:00 - arrive at Guelph Civic Museum. McCrae House and Civic Museum are approximately a 5 min drive apart.
3:00 - recap session in meeting room at Guelph Civic Museum

Please note:
Cost of lunch is not included in your registration for the Museum Crawl.

You must register to attend. Registration is open til Friday, April 21.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

HME visits the AGB!

Yesterday was HME's first behind-the-scenes visit to a member's institution.

The AGB kindly hosted a 1.5 hour tour of its building. We got to see various spaces, learn about the history of their use and discuss some successes and challenges:

  • Exhibition space with newly added education program space and uncarpeted flooring
  • Loading dock / Storage space: practicalities of movable shelving with very fragile pieces
  • Did you know: the AGB has been collecting ceramics for 35 years, from functional to decorative?
  • Programming spaces 
  • City owns land, but AGB owns the building
  • Every Sunday is open studio: Space at the back has entrance to park; beautiful in summer time, inviting for visitors and new visitors
  • Beautiful big windows bring in lots of light!
  • Shop: represents all guilds, members can rent art
Victor Cicansky. "Delectable Dish of Strawberries". 1988.

  • Community gallery: used to be a cafe. Didn't get a lot of traffic. Now, it's for emerging artists, community themes, community groups
  • Rental space: large open room, windows, facing lakefront
  • Greenhouse: with plants to purchase!

  • Guilds: become a gallery member, then a guild fee. Get to use the space, bring your own tools and material. Can be a newbie or an expert
  • There are kiln techs at the AGB
  • Sculptors and woodcarvers space: it's packed Tuesday and Thursday mornings!
  • Photography space: have a full dark room
  • Challenge: new use for traditional spaces
  • Challenge: what systems do you use to coordinate space usage?
  • Successes: AGB partnered with RBG for summer camps. Don't have space for kids to run and jump, but RBG does
  • In conjunction with Canada 150, they're holding a Canadian Craft Biennial
Mary Philpott. "Crow". 2016

It was such a beautiful day, we all decided to walk over to the restaurant for dinner; there, we had a great space to speak and expand on some of the topics that arose from our tour.

THANK YOU to everyone who came; and many thanks to our generous hosts at the AGB!

If you are an HME member and would like to host a behind-the-scenes visit, please contact one of the HME coordinators here.

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!