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ICOM Museum Definition Consultation 2: Keywords and Concepts

ICOM Canada continues to contribute to and represent the Canadian interests in the ICOM Museum Definition review. As part of the ongoing international consultation process, ICOM Canada is presenting a list of key words and concepts to ICOM Define. Please submit any substantive commentary below by Friday, March 19. ICOM Canada undertook a member consultation about this definition prior to the 2019 ICOM General Conference in Kyoto. The definition, plus key words and concepts presented below will be submitted to ICOM Define in April 2021.   Definition ICOM definition (2007): A museum is a non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment. ICOM-Canada proposed definition (2019): A museum is a non-profit, permanent, dynamic and responsive institution in the service of a living [...]

Webinar – ICOM: Towards a new Museum Definition and a revision of the Code of Ethics

ICOM: Towards a new Museum Definition and a revision of the Code of Ethics Date: March 5, 2021 from 13.30 - 14.30 EDT Moderator: Marie Lalonde, ICOM-Canada President, Member of the MDPP2 (Standing Committee for the Museum definition, Prospect and Potentials).  Speakers: Alberto Garlandini, ICOM President.         Bruno Brulon Soares, ICOFOM (International Committee for Museology of ICOM) President; co-chair of the MDPP2. Presentation Description: On 7 September 2019 in Kyoto, ICOM decided that the vote on the new museum definition should be postponed in order to continue with the discussion furthermore. Before the Kyoto conference, ICOM-Canada had already accomplished comprehensive discussions and had proposed to members during the April 2019 AGA a new museum definition which was then adopted, subject to comments made after, comments which were incorporated. You can see the Canadian proposal submitted by ICOM Canada here. ICOM has now broadened the scope. Alberto Garlandini and Bruno [...]

COVID-19 Update for Membership Renewals and Applications

Because of the current lockdown restrictions in Ontario, renewals and new member applications received by mail cannot be processed at this time. Renewals or applications sent by e-mail will be processed, but please have patience as there may be some delays. Stickers for new and renewing members that have not yet been distributed will not be mailed at this time. We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding.

ICOM Canada 2020 Board

Meet the 2020 ICOM Canada Board of Directors! Get to know the members of the ICOM Canada Board by reading their bios and short interviews below. Additional Board bios and images will be added throughout the summer. Leah Best (BC) Head of Knowledge, Royal British Columbia Museum ICOM Canada Director (2019-2020), Secretary (2020) Image: Royal BC Museum Leah coordinates the research program at the Royal British Columbia Museum (RBCM) and manages a curatorial team of 8 historians and scientists.  Her recent projects include the curatorial coordination of the museum’s upcoming exhibition, Orcas: Our Shared Future, acting as curatorial liaison in Guatemala for last summer’s exhibition, Maya: The Great Jaguar Rises, and the co-curation of the exhibition, Broken Promises: The Dispossession of Japanese Canadians with the Nikkei National Museum. Her background includes a Master’s degree in Art History from the University of Toronto and several positions as curator and [...]

ICOM Canada launches Digital Disaster Preparedness Review Project

Project participants Project Lead: Ben Fast, Digital Content & Outreach Coordinator, ICOM Canada Project Sponsor: Dr. Elka Weinstein, Vice President, ICOM Canada If you have any questions or wish to contribute to this project, please continue reading below and/or email Project Background With Canadian museum closures caused by COVID-19, museums have had to adapt to long-term digital work environments with little notice. This digital work includes turning primary services to digital offerings, providing increased digital access to collections, managing remote staff, and more. While many museums have embraced this challenge with creativity and innovation, many also quickly laid off non-digital employees, suffered from a lack of digital or staff capacity in adapting to remote work or providing digital services, or were significantly impacted by revenue loss that could impact future digital capacity building initiatives. Could museums have transitioned more easily to digital work environments, offering digital services and experiences [...]

ICOM Canada Board and International Museum Day

The ICOM Canada Board is getting into ICOM's International Museum Day activities from home this year. From colouring our own versions of the IMD 2020 poster to visiting museums virtually and reflecting on digital inclusion, see how board members are joining the celebrations below. This post will be updated regularly in the days leading up to May 18 and International Museum Day. Learn more about how you can join the IMD 2020 celebrations here. Dr. Karine Duhamel How is your museum supporting diversity and inclusion (digitally or otherwise)? During the pandemic, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights continues to work to create high-quality digital stories that will enable people to connect to human rights awareness and education remotely. Timely stories such as Us vs. Them: The process of othering draw our attention to the dangers of exclusion and hate during challenging times. What encouragement do you have for museums and [...]

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