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Happy Holidays!
Wishing you and yours all the best this holiday season and in the New Year.

Museums and the Community
This Certificate course will be held on January 15 & 16, 2016 at the Cook's Creek Heritage Museum in Cook's Creek.

There are many fancy technologies and entertainment venues vying for audience attention, museums included. So how do museums compete? How do they attract their share of the available audience?

Museums must actively seek out and work with a broad network of community partners in order to appeal to new audiences and to ensure the long-term sustainability of the collections and stories they preserve. This course will help you define your museum’s role in the community and give you ideas for finding new partnerships that can make your museum an invaluable community service provider.

All museum staff, volunteers, and board members involved with a museum would benefit from taking this course.
Instructors: Matthew Komus, Independent Consultant, and Jo Bunka, Winnipegosis Museum

To register

Collections Management

Do you find yourself asking “Why do we have that collection of plastic Elvis figurines when we’re a heritage house?” Do you have a collections management policy in place that details just what items your museum staff and volunteers should and shouldn’t accept? Do you have procedures in place that spell out the process each new item must go through before being added to the collection?
Collections Management is an introductory course that gives participants the tools to properly manage a heritage collection. The course also outlines the legal and professional responsibilities with regards to records management for a museum collection. Having your artifacts properly catalogued and accounted for reduces time spent looking for things and reduces the amount of handling delicate artifacts and possible exposure to harmful chemicals. By the end of the course participants will have a proper collections management policy and an understanding of the ethics involved in deaccessioning.
All museum staff, volunteers, and board members would benefit by taking this informative course.
Join us: February 19, 2016, Memorial Hall (12 2nd Ave SW), Carman, 9:00 to 5:00
Instructors:  Nancy Anderson, The Manitoba Museum, and Andrea Reichert, The Manitoba Crafts Museum & Library, and the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame

To register

Construction of Mannequins for Historic Costumes - CCI

We are pleased to offer this CCI course on March 9 & 10, 2016 at Minto Armouries (969 St. Matthews Ave.) in Winnipeg.

Mannequins are great for displaying costumes, but they're expensive to purchase so why not make them instead?

Visit the CCI website for more information on this course.

To register

CDs vs. Printed handouts

Several years ago we printed all of the handouts for each course we held, but we soon realized that we were using over a ream (500 sheets) of paper for each course. As we can hold seven courses in a year that's over 3500 pieces of paper and a day and a half of printing for each course.

We then decided to go the more economical and environmentally friendly route by copying all of the handouts onto a CD.

The course handouts are not generally needed for the course, but are meant for additional information. Handouts necessary to complete an exercise during a course are printed along with any PowerPoint presentations.

We hope our course participants understand why we made this change.

Additional Training Opportunities

The AMM offers seven introductory-level museum related courses in the Certificate Program in Museum Practice, and Specialized Courses are brought in or developed when there's an expressed need, but we can't offer everything for everybody.
There are areas that we don't cover, but there are other groups that do and we feel it would be better to recommend taking their workshops instead of duplicating them. If you're looking for courses on board governance, volunteer management and/or recruitment, social media, or other areas that we don't offer courses in, we strongly recommend checking out organizations like ACI (Creative Manitoba), Manitoba Tourism Education Council (MTEC), and Volunteer Manitoba.

These organizations offer some excellent workshop that would be of benefit to not-for-profit organizations like museums.

Here are links to their websites for more information on what they offer:  
However, if you have an idea for a workshop please contact the AMM office and we'll see if it's something we can offer at a future date.

Course Assignments

There is an assignment for each of the courses in our Certificate Program that needs to be completed in order to get credit for taking the course, but we encourage all participants to hand in at least part of the assignment.

In this way participants get to take advantage of having an expert look at what it is they're doing or planning to do at their museum and receiving advice or comments to better help them to get where they're going.

Hiring a Summer Student?
The 2016 campaign for Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages (YCWBOL) has now been launched!
They would like to invite you to consult in order to submit your application for the summer of 2016!
The online employer accounts are in a “multi-year” format, so if you already have an account with them, simply login using your username and password from previous years. To create a new application, all you need to do is enter your existing account and submit an application for 2016. Do not hesitate to contact them if you no longer have your password.  
To ensure that your application is complete, they strongly encourage you to consult the Employer's Guide and in particular the Appendix B, which describes the details that should be included in the proposal.
**They would like to remind you that you can combine YCW subsidies with other grants from federal, provincial or municipal sources.
The applications must be completed and submitted by midnight, Eastern Time on February 1st, 2016.
AMM Office closed for Holidays

The AMM office will be closed from December 19 to January 3, 2016.

The office will re-open on January 4, 2016.

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Welcome to the
AMM Messenger
December 15, 2015 Edition

In this issue

Links to other Training Opportunities
Cultural Stewardship Program (CSP)
  • January 1, 2016: New Year's Day
  • February 15, 2016: Louis Riel Day
  • March 13, 2016: Daylight Savings Time begins
  • March 17, 2016: St. Patrick's Day
  • March 19, 2016: Seventh Annual Trivia Night Fundraiser!
  • March 25, 2016: Good Friday
  • March 27, 2016: Easter Sunday
The Association of Manitoba Museums will strive to become the primary museum related service organization in Manitoba providing innovative training, advocacy, resources and responsive leadership to a diverse and growing membership. It will promote Manitoba museums in the wider community from a secure financial base.
The Association of Manitoba Museums, as the voice of our museum community, is dedicated to promoting excellence in preserving and presenting Manitoba’s heritage.


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