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Welcome to the October 19, 2015 edition of AMM Messenger - Keeping you up to date and informed about the Manitoba museum community.

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In this issue:

Organizing and Managing Museums
You have a museum with artifacts and everything, but what about managing the business of a museum? The paperwork, writing policies, the planning?

This course will help you to:
  • know and understand the roles and responsibilities of a non-profit board
  • understand how to manage the museum in the areas of: decision-making, policy writing, risk management, and strategic planning
Instructors: Andrea Reichert, Manitoba Crafts Museum & Library and Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame & Museum, and Jaret Olford, Green Action Centre
Date, Location, Time: November 2015, Carberry, 10 - 5
To register or visit our website at www.museumsmanitoba.com and follow the links.   
Museums and the Community
It has been an age-old and ongoing challenge for museums to evolve and compete for the attention of visitors and residents alike. More than ever before, museums must find a way to be relevant in a society focused on technology and entertainment. 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.

Instructors: Tammy Axelsson, New Iceland Heritage Museum and Matthew Komus, Independent Consultant
Date, Location, Time: January 8 & 9, 2016, Eastern Region, 9 - 5
To register or visit our website at www.museumsmanitoba.com and follow the links.   
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.

Instructors: Nancy Anderson, The Manitoba Museum and Andrea Reichert, Manitoba Crafts Museum & Library and Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame & Museum
Date, Location and Time: February 19, 2016, Carman, 9 - 5
To register or visit our website at www.museumsmanitoba.com and follow the links.   
Construction of Mannequins for Historic Costumes - CCI course
From the Canadian Conservation Institute's website: "Having proper mannequins is a great way to display your costumes that is attractive and can be tailored to fit the time period while not damaging the fabric. However, purchasing mannequins is expensive, but now you can learn how to make them."
 
Participants will be shown four different types of mannequins including choices of finishing touches (arms, legs, bases, etc.). Please note that participants will be working in pairs on one mannequin torso.
 
For more information on the course visit Canadian Conservation Institute’s (CCI) website at https://www.cci-icc.gc.ca/training-formation/list-liste/manneq-eng.aspx

Instructors: Janet Wagner and Renée Dancause, both from CCI
Date, Location and Time: March 9 & 10, 2016, Winnipeg, 9 - 5
To register visit our website at http://www.museumsmanitoba.com/resources/pages//CCI%20Mannequins%20Registration%20form.pdf
AMM Council
The AMM would like to thank outgoing Council members for their hard work and dedication:
  • Elizabeth Hogue - Eastern Region Councilor
  • Jo Bunka - Parklands Region Councilor
  • Mark Veneziano - Western Region Councilor
  • Rachelle Tabor - Winnipeg Region Councilor
We would also like to thank all returning Council members and look forward to working with you:
  • Kathleen Christensen, President
  • Heather Beerling, Vice-President
  • Matthew Komus, Past-President
  • Lorne Roder, Secretary
  • Jody Tresoor, Central Region Councilor
  • Roberta Anderson, Interlake Region Councilor
  • Tracey Turner, Northern Region Councilor
There are some vacant positions on the Council that we would like to fill. We are looking for interested individuals to fill the following positions:
  • Treasurer
  • Eastern Region Councilor
  • Western Region Councilor
The Council meets four times a year; three times in Winnipeg and once in a rural area. If you'd like to help the AMM chart its course for the future consider joining the AMM Council. Email past-pres@museumsmanitoba.com to put your name forward or to suggest someone.

We look forward to introducing our new Council members after their first meeting on November 23.
 


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