Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Cafe Night: Monday September 25, 2017

What a fantastic turn out we had for the first cafe night of 2017-2018! Thanks to everyone who joined us.

Our topic was Professional associations, conferences, courses, and networking: 
What do you belong to? What options are out there?

Folks suggested all sorts of courses, networking options, and conferences. Listed below with links.

Also of note:
  • Don't forget about the call for presentations for our Nov 20 Mini Conference on Technology in Museums!
  • We're looking for suggestions for cafe night locations. Do you know of a quiet cafe/restaurant with a variety of food+drink options, good parking, open Mondays, and (ideally) located near to a major highway? Please let one of your coordinators know!


  • AAM: American Alliance of Museums
  • OMA: Ontario Museums Associaton
  • OAAG: Ontario Association of Art Galleries (used to have courses, not anymore?)
  • CAGE: Canadian Art Gallery Educators (yearly conference, usually in April or May)
  • INTERPSCAN: Interpretation Canada (online and in person conference, online ones are affordable)
  • Parks and Rec Ontario: (has classes and conferences)
  • CMA: Canadian Museums Association
  • MAGEC-D: Museum and Art Gallery Educators Collective of Durham (an HME-like group for the Durham area)
  • GOEMP: Group of Ontario Emerging Museum Professionals
  • HNCA: Haldimand Norfolk Cultural Association (cultural professionals, heritage,marts, Haldimand and norfolk museums, professional development, small membership fee
  • EON: Elgin Oxford Norfolk Association of Curators, Archivists, and Directors
  • PAONE: Professional Arts Organization Network for Education 
  • MONA: Museums of Niagara Association (does joint events like Friday Night Live)
  • UAAC: Universities Art Association of Canada
  • ALHFAM: American Association for Living History, Farm, and Agricultural Museums (send out a hardcopy newsletter, most recent one about historic cooking)
  • ICOM: International Council of Museums
  • BMGA: Brant Museum and Gallery Association (like the HNCA in Brant county)
  • Museums Association in the UK

Courses/Online Conferences

Other Helpful Resources

QUESTION: What value do you get from belonging to a professional association?
QUESTION:  Does anyone just become a member because they want to support or find an organization interesting? What about the benefit of thinking you are supporting something?
QUESTION: Are there any non-museum conferences or courses? (Libraries? Tourism?)

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