MUSE MAGAZINE •  January/February 2020

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In this issue of Muse, we go international.

Rebecca MacKenzie

Starting with some inspiration from abroad, Dr. Vanda Vitali brings us with her to two museums in the Middle East, providing wonderful examples of how intelligent museums in other parts of the world, as well as Canada, support a national identity that is both diverse and unified. ... (Read more…)

Spotlight news

In the Spotlight 

News: British Columbia, Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta, Prince Edward Island, Labrador ...
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Museum Matters

Intelligent Museums, Intelligent Society

Vanda Vitali, Ph.D.

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The Best Grizzly. Hockey has deep roots in Canada’s Northwest Territories. In 1825, one of the earliest recorded games was played on Great Bear Lake by the expedition crew of Arctic explorer John Franklin. ... (Read more...)


Unbuilding Exhibitions: Harnessing the potential of deconstruction

Viviane Gosselin

Museum professionals are a resourceful and thrifty bunch when it comes to saving money and conserving materials for building exhibitions. Staff in small to mid-size museums, especially, have become experts at repurposing display units. Recently the listservs of several provincial museum associations, too, have become powerful platforms for passing along, exchanging or salvaging exhibition props and display units among museum colleagues. ...
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Acknowledgement Statements: A First Step in Reconciliation

Kenneth Favrholdt

Every place in Canada, from north to south, east to west, has an Indigenous history, from the largest cities to the smallest villages. Acknowledgement statements, called land, territorial, or treaty acknowledgements, are increasingly used by museums as a way of connecting museum’s physical presence with the Indigenous geography of its location, and paying respect to original inhabitants who may or may not be reflected in a museum’s collections. ... (Read more ...)


CMA Fellows

As an ongoing feature, we will be hearing from some of the CMA Fellows and exploring the important work they are undertaking from their experienced vantage points. In this issue, we are fortunate to hear from two Fellows, the Honourable Patricia Bovey, Senator, and Catherine C. Cole, on the topic of Cultural Diplomacy. ... (Read more ...)



Fall museum association conferences

September and October were busy months for provincial and territorial museums associations, many of which offered interesting learning and networking opportunities. With many carrying out their fall conferences, we thought we would have a look at some of the themes that emerged and thoughts that were presented to museums across the country. ... (Read more ...)


Offering opportunity: Young Canada Works is a great foundation for a career in heritage

Kristina Adler, Dominique Boulet & Genevieve Wong

Getting a first career-driven job after completing post-secondary studies isn’t always easy. The Young Canada Works (YCW) program, however, can make a big difference for future museum colleagues. Part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, the Canadian Museums Association (CMA) collaborates with Canadian Heritage in delivering the YCW program, which offers summer jobs and graduate internships in museums and related organizations. It supports various positions for young people establishing their careers in the heritage sector. ... (Read more ...)


Reflecting on the Technology in Museums Symposium

In early December, around 60 delegates gathered in Ottawa from across the country to learn and discuss the role of technology in museums at the fourth in a series of topic-driven symposia offered by the CMA. The context was comprehensive, ranging from programming, to planning, from digitization to disability access. What resulted was a group of professionals who left with information to help bring their museum’s digital connection to the next level. Here, are a few highlights: ... (Read more ...)