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Details of the Department of Canadian Heritage Museum Assistance Program (MAP) are now online at https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/museums-assistance.html.

There is a Collections Management component which covers database and web search interfaces or upgrades, as well as an Indigenous Heritage component.

Check out the eligibility criteria and contact us if you’d like to discuss how we could work with you to apply for funding.

Note the deadline for applications is November 1st, 2019.

by Marla Dobson, Curator, Museum of Health Care at Kingston

Walking into the Toronto Hilton for the 2019 Canadian Museums Association Conference, I was eager to get to know some of my fellow colleagues and to engage in some big thinking on behalf of the Museum of Health Care at Kingston. I am very grateful to Andornot for awarding me their Professional Development Grant, which allowed me to enjoy this conference.

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In total, I attended four educational sessions, two of which were, on paper, about art. As a PhD in art history, this is a topic close to my heart. While this may, at first glance, seem at odds with the role of Curator of the Museum of Health Care, I believe that we can learn a lot about providing a people-centered visitor experience by examining the ways in which communities engage with the arts. At their core, these sessions demonstrated new ways of thinking about museum programming, not just in art galleries, but in museums of all kinds. Through the use of artist-in-residence programs as well as arts-based therapy programs, many museums are more deeply engaging their communities and providing innovative and potentially life-changing programming. The overall takeaway was the importance of involving your community more actively in programming, as well as thinking more creatively and thematically about your collections.

Another session I attended was all about abstract thinking in exhibition planning. For many years, museums have typically focused on providing ‘cold hard facts’ as central components of their exhibitions. While this is obviously still of vital importance, especially in the case of science and medicine museums, the session facilitators pushed us to think about how thematic and abstract ideation could help create more dynamic and engaging displays. At the end of the day, studies have shown that informational, text heavy exhibitions are not the best way to convey ideas. Thus, it is useful to consider interpretive methodologies that ask broader questions, provoke conversations, and deal with more abstract themes in order to make content more relevant and engaging. This way of thinking struck a chord with me in terms of the Museum of Health Care collections, which can be used to address a number of themes related to the human experience of health and disease.

Image 5Overall, these sessions helped to focus my thoughts and gave me ideas moving forward as a curator. I was also lucky enough to meet many interesting and influential people, as well as listen to a keynote address by Indigenous artist Kent Monkman, who spoke eloquently about the need to decolonize museums across the country. These experiences inspired me to think bigger and to consider the ways in which our organizations can continue to move beyond insular, traditional ways of thinking.

For the third year in a row, Andornot is pleased to award a Professional Development Grant to a working professional, to aid them in attending a conference or workshop.

This year’s recipient of the $1,000 grant is Marla Dobson, Curator of the Museum of Health Care in Kingston, ON.

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In her application for the grant, Marla writes:

As the Curator for the Museum of Health Care at Kingston, I have responsibility for planning, organizing, and supervising exhibition development, collections development and maintenance, as well as programming support. I care for a collection of 40,000 objects related to the history of medicine and health care in Canada. I also act as an ambassador for the museum, building its public profile within the regional community as well as at national and even international events.

The collection is available at https://mhc.andornot.com, with a search interface developed from our Andornot Discovery Interface, and hosted by our Managed Hosting service.

Marla adds:

I wish to attend the Canadian Museums Association National Conference because it is vital that I develop and expand my professional network within the Canadian museum community. I am new in my position and as an emerging professional, wish to expose myself to workshops and networking events that will firstly, improve my ability to be a successful curator, and secondly, help me make connections with other organizations with which we could partner on projects and exhibitions.

Andornot strongly believes in the value of attending conferences to foster professional development. We attend events across Canada all year long to learn about new trends and technologies, meet with clients, and share our expertise with like-minded folks.

We receive many excellent applications for this grant each year and face a tough decision in choosing just one. We thank all who showed an interest in the grant and only wish we could send everyone to a conference.

We look forward to meeting you at one of the conferences we’ll be attending this year.

Library and Archives Canada has announced the launch of the 2019 funding cycle for the Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP). This is the fifth round of what was originally envisioned as a five year program, so could potentially be the final year.

The DHCP provides financial assistance to the Canadian documentary heritage community for activities that:

  • increase access to, and awareness of, Canada’s local documentary heritage institutions and their holdings; and
  • increase the capacity of local documentary heritage institutions to better sustain and preserve Canada's documentary heritage.

The deadline for submitting completed application packages is January 8, 2019.

This program is a great opportunity for archives, museums, historical societies and other cultural institutions to digitize their collections, develop search engines and virtual exhibits, and other activities that preserve and promote their valuable resources.

There are a number of significant changes this year:

  • The upper limit of funding for a small project has increased to $24,999. Many of the projects Andornot helps with would fall into this range.
  • Organizations which receive up to half their funding from government sources are now eligible.

Types of projects which would be considered for funding include:

  • Conversion and digitization for access purposes; 
  • Conservation and preservation treatment; 
  • The development (research, design and production) of virtual and physical exhibitions, including travelling exhibits; 
  • Conversion and digitization for preservation purposes; 
  • Increased digital preservation capacity (excluding digital infrastructure related to day-to-day activities); 
  • Training and workshops that improve competencies and build capacity; and 
  • Development of standards, performance and other measurement activities. 
  • Collection, cataloguing and access based management; and 
  • Commemorative projects.

Lists of the grants and recipients in the previous four rounds of funding are available here and may help you as you think about your own application.

Further program details, requirements and application procedures are available at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/services/documentary-heritage-communities-program/Pages/dhcp-portal.aspx

How can Andornot help?

Many Andornot clients have obtained DHCP grants in previous rounds, and Andornot has worked on many other projects which would qualify for this grant. Some examples are detailed in these blog posts:

We have extensive experience with digitizing documents, books and audio and video materials, and developing systems to manage those collections and make them searchable or presented in virtual exhibits.

Contact us to discuss collections you have and ideas for proposals. We'll do our best to help you obtain funding from the DHCP program!

Also also check out a few other grants that are open this fall in this blog post: "Grants with Fall 2018 Application Deadlines"

Many annual funding programs have deadlines in the Fall, and many of these can help fund new search engines, new collection management software, and other projects Andornot can help you with.

Contact us to discuss ideas and obtain quotes for your grant application.

British Columbia Arts Council's Professional Project Assistance for Museums and Visual Arts Organizations

The British Columbia Arts Council's Professional Project Assistance for Museums and Visual Arts Organizations supports initiatives in the development of new or unique public programs and documentation by professional museums, Aboriginal cultural centres and visual arts organizations, including artists’ and curatorial collectives. These may include exhibitions, dissemination projects, artists’ residencies, exploration of new forms, audience development or collections management projects.

The maximum contribution to a project in this program is 50% of the total budget of the project.

This grant could be used to upgrade your systems and databases, whether using Inmagic DB/TextWorks or other software, and providing public search access through the Andornot Discovery Interface, as well as virtual exhibits using the Omeka and Umbraco content management systems.

Deadline: October 15, 2018

Department of Canadian Heritage, Museums Assistance Program

The Department of Canadian Heritage Museums Assistance Program (MAP) supports heritage institutions and workers in the preservation and presentation of heritage collections. In particular, the Collections Management component provides up to $50,000 for "projects related to the implementation or upgrade of a collections management system." This could include software such as Inmagic DB/TextWorks and one of Andornot's database starter kits, or our Digital History Hub platform or Andornot Discovery Interface search engine.

Deadline: November 1, 2018

BC History Digitization Program

The British Columbia History Digitization Program at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia Library promotes increased access to British Columbia’s historical resources by providing matching funds to undertake digitization projects that will result in free online access to unique historical material from around the province.

Materials digitized through this program could be made searchable through the Andornot Discovery Interface or our Digital History Hub platform.

Applications for 2019 are expected to open in October, so keep an eye on https://ikblc.ubc.ca/initiatives/bcdigitinfo/ and in the meantime, have a look at last year's successful applications.

Andornot Professional Development Grant

For the past few years we've offered a $1,000 grant to help one of you attend a conference or other professional development event. We intend to offer this grant again this year and will be opening applications up towards the end of the year. Stay tuned to our blog for an announcement, and in the meantime, read about the experience of past recipients Gayle Graham and Mark Goodwin.

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