Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Rising to the Challenge: Museums in the 'Age of Participation'

We are witnessing a complete renovation of our cultural infrastructure. Those 'bricks and mortar' culture houses, citadels of experience, towers of inspiration, that for so long have stood steadfast as symbols of cultural continuity and comfort, while the streets around them have whizzed and clattered to multiple disruptive transformation, are being turned inside out... this wholesale renovation is born out of an urgent requirement to change or die, and it is just beginning.
Tom Fleming, 2009

The Alberta Museums Association was pleased to have Graham Black, Professor of Museum Management and Interpretation, Nottingham Trent University, as the keynote speaker at the AMA Conference 2014: Accelerating Museum Impact. Black delivered an exciting presentation that was not only thought-provoking, but inspirational and relatable.

Rising to the Challenge: Museums in the 'Age of Participation'

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Modelling What Works

Over the last several years, Fort Whoop Up National Historic Site has been active in engaging the Blackfoot community, particularly the Blood and the Peigan tribes that are close to Lethbridge, to develop a mutually beneficial relationship based on traditional practices.

Today, the Blackfoot Confederacy presence has returned full circle: society members and Elders hold ceremonies at the Fort; full trading has resumed with traditional and ceremonial supplies in stock at fair prices at the museum store; Blackfoot staff and board members are an integral part of our staffing and governance; and Elders are regularly engaged in providing interpretation to visitors in a Blackfoot lodge setting.