ANSM Beacon eNewsletter - August 12, 2011


August 12, 2011

In this edition of the Beacon...

  • “Artifacts in Aboriginal Cultural Centres” Workshop 
  • Museum Studies Program: "Museums & the Community" Workshop
  • ANSM Conference 2012
  • IT Equipment Purchase Program
  • Website Updates
  • Call For Your Ongoing Events


“The Cuddy” events & people happenings

  • CMA Survey: How does your institution manage exhibition projects?
  • Nominations for the Barbara A. Tyler Award In Museum Leadership
  • Canada Interactive Fund
  • Strategic Development Initiative
  • The Canada Cultural Investment Fund (CCIF) 


“Artifacts in Aboriginal Cultural Centres” Workshop 

We are hosting a great CCI workshop November 16 & 17, 2011 at the Glooscap Heritage Centre in Millbrook. It will look at the preservation of material culture in the context of Aboriginal cultural centres. It covers how various types of materials deteriorate and how best to minimize this deterioration, how to identify and prioritize problems of storage and display of various kinds of artifacts and make informed choices relating to the long-term preservation of collections both indoors and outdoors.

For more details see our website. You can download registration forms here.

Museum Association Members * Price: $125.00
Registration Deadline: September 30, 2011

* Members of Association of Nova Scotia Museums, Museum Association of Newfoundland Labrador, Community Museums Association of Prince Edward Island and Association of Museums New Brunswick are eligible to register at the membership rate.

Non-Members Price: $175.00
Registration Deadline
: September 16, 2011

Museum Studies Program: "Museums & the Community" Workshop

DateOctober 5 & 6, 2011
: Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, Lunenburg.
Facilitator: Dr. Candace Metalic

Learning Outcomes

Museums face many challenges and key amongst these is maintaining relevance and engaging our communities. Join Candace Matelic for two days of transformational instruction as you learn about engaging your community and the long term benefits for your museum.

  • Learn what community engagement is and how it can be used
  • How community engagement will transform your organisation
  • Guidelines for engaging community & building productive partnerships
  • Key understanding of organisational change

Candace has a wealth of experience and practical knowledge in working with museums as they evolve in partnership with their communities. Check out to learn more about Candace and her work.

This workshop is a must for museums wanting to forge strong and vital relationships with their communities. Museum directors, curators and board members will learn important new skills and approaches for engaging their communities. Staff and board participation in this workshop is encouraged.

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: September 22, 2011

Registration opens August 15, 2011. 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

ANSM Conference 2012

As voted by members, our annual conference & AGM 
will be held in the fall of 2012. It will be hosted by Acadia University in Wolfville, NS, in the beautiful Foundation Commons, Clark Commons, &  K.C. Irving Centre facilities. September 13 & 14, 2012.

The theme will be 'Engaging Youth', as chosen by delegates on this year's conference evaluation. 

IT Equipment Purchase Program

ANSM is continuing its IT equipment purchase program this fall with the goal of providing cost savings and procurement efficiencies for IT and technology-related equipment for its member museums.  The equipment is specifically chosen for small/mid size museum use – good quality for price, ease of use, robust capacity.

The following types of equipment can be sourced through this program:
1.      PCs & Laptops 
2.      Scanners 
3.      Voice recorders
4.      Accessories & support equipment 

Need to purchase new equipment in the near future? Keep the program in mind and stay tuned for more details coming soon or give ANSM a call at 902 423-4677.

Website Updates

We've been busy updating our website
. Go to [About Us] -> [ANSM Admin] to see updated copies of managing director reports, board meeting minutes, operational structure documents, and more. And there's more to come...

Call For Your Ongoing Events

Nova Scotian museums are brimming with creative  events. We know that you are planning something exciting, and we want to help you get the word out. Email us with info on your plans, and we’ll post it on our Facebook page. (


How does your institution manage exhibition projects? The CMA would like to know! You are invited to complete a short survey.
The survey will take no more than 10 minutes and all answers will be kept strictly confidential.

The Canadian Museum Association is accepting nominations for the Barbara A. Tyler Award In Museum Leadership. The Award is open to all museum directors or senior managers, salaried or volunteer, in a CMA member institution in good standing. The winner will receive a certificate and a $1000 gift. Deadline for nominations is November 15, 2011. See the CMA website
for more information. 

Canada Interactive Fund: The objective of the Canada Interactive Fund is to support the creation of online Canadian cultural interactive content and applications developed by Official Language Minority Community (OLMC), Aboriginal, ethnocultural and other not-for-profit cultural organizations. See their website for more information. 

Applications for this program maybe be submitted January/February 2012 for the 2012/13 fiscal year. Deadlines to be announced.

Check out British Columbia’s Time Travel interactive website, featuring museums and historic sites from around the province. Time Travel is a project of the British Columbia Heritage Tourism Alliance, with funding support from the Canada Interactive Fund.

Strategic Development Initiativealt
Remember that this
 year's SDI application deadline is August 31st at 4pm. SDI is a grant program of Communities, Culture and Heritage which "encourages 'partners-in-heritage' to develop projects that build on a community’s assets and strengths." Visit to view the program description and application information.

The Canada Cultural Investment Fund (CCIF) is calling for proposals for its Strategic Initiatives component.
The deadline is October 1, 2011.
For more information, please visit their website or contact a CCIF program officer at 1-866-811-0055 or at