ANSM Mandate

logoWorking in partnership with museums, communities and supporters, the mandate of the Association of NovaScotia Museums is to:

  • Encourage the development of professional best practices in Nova Scotia’s museums
  • Educate Nova Scotians about the value of museums and Nova Scotian stories
  • Act as a champion on behalf of museums in Nova Scotia

Interpretation 1: Public Programming Workshop

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*** This workshop is full.  We are accepting names for the waiting list. ***

Date: May 7 & 8, 2015

Location: Museum of Natural History, Halifax

Facilitator: Sally Warren

Learning Outcomes  

This workshop examines the role that public programming plays in fulfilling the educational goals of museums and creating a successful visitor experience. A particular focus will be how interactive programming can provide a strong link between a museum’s core mandate and an individual’s life experience.   Key content/subject areas:  

  • types of museum interpretation
  • basic learning styles
  • elements of successful interpretive programs for the public and schools
  • increasing interactivity in museum exhibitions
  • principles of program evaluation

  The workshop will combine formal instruction, group discussion, hands-on exercises and a graded take-home assignment.   Note: this workshop is the first module in a two part interpretation workshop series. Module two focuses on exhibition development and presentation and will be offered as part of the Museum Studies Program, 2014/15.   This workshop can be taken as part of the ANSM Museum Studies Program or on its own.  

Registration Information   

  • ANSM Members: $100.00
  • Non-Members: $150.00
  • Registration Deadline: April 24, 2015

  Workshop cost includes breaks on both days and lunch on day one.

To register, send a completed registration form with payment by cheque or money order to:  Association of Nova Scotia Museums, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 4P7

Workshop registration forms can be downloaded from the ANSM website Training section. 

To pay online, click here.  Please send a completed registration form with your payment.

 

Museums 101 Workshop

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*** This workshop is currently full. We are taking names for a waiting list. ***

Date: April 16 & 17, 2015

Location: Antigonish Heritage Museum

Facilitator: Karin Kierstead, ANSM Museum Advisor

Learning Outcomes

Museums 101 is the introductory module for a series of eight workshops covering core museological functions: collections management & curatorship, interpretation, museums & community, facility management, management & governance and marketing.

Museums 101 introduces:

  •  origins & evolution of museums in society
  •  unique features of museums
  •  core functions of museums
  •  trends & challenges for museums

The workshop format offers a combination of lecture, group discussion and exercises. It provides an excellent opportunity for new museum board members, new staff, consultants and government staff to receive a good overview of what museums are all about and the role they play in society.

Having worked with museums in four provinces, Karin brings a combination of education and practical experience to the workshop, providing real-world examples to the discussions and exercises. You can read her bio on the ANSM website.

This is an excellent time to begin the full eight module program. The program is offered over three years and may be taken in any order. A certificate of completion is provided for each individual unit and the full program.

Workshop cost includes breaks on both days and lunch on day one.

Registration Information

ANSM Members: $100.00

Non-Members: $150.00

Registration Deadline: March 31, 2015

To register, send a completed registration form with payment by cheque or money order to:

Association of Nova Scotia Museums, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 4P7

Workshop registration forms can be downloaded from the ANSM website Training section. 

 To pay online, click here. Please send in a completed registration form with your payment.

 

Museum Fund for Nova Scotia

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The Museum Fund for Nova Scotia project is in the research and development phase. With support from a Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage SDI grant, ANSM has contracted Carly Butler to undertake the development of a business plan framework for the proposed fund. Carly works under the guidance of a Fund Steering Committee whose membership includes Rodney Chaisson, Highland Village Museum & ANSM Board; Steve Workman, Ross Farm Museum; Shane Mailman, NS Sport Hall of Fame; John McLeod; Janet Maltby, NS Museum; Mitch McNutt, Fortress Louisbourg Association; Jim St. Clair, McFarlane Woods and Anita Price, ANSM (ex officio).

$100 from 100 Campaign

ANSM will move into the implementation phase of fund development in 2015, but in order to do that we need the support of the museum community. We need “seed” money to leverage government grants for the implementation of a fund raising and marketing strategy for the proposed museum fund. A “passing the hat” approach that provides real grass roots support for the Museum Fund concept.

The ANSM Board, Fund Committee and Staff have all contributed to the $100 from 100 Campaign and we encourage our museum community colleagues to join us. Helping museums to help themselves!

$100 from 100 form can be downloaded here.

To donate online, click here.

Our Vision Statement

All museums in Nova Scotia are valued by Nova Scotians, are sustainable and operate according to established standards of excellence.

ANSM services and programs are made possible with support from the Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage.
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