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Strategizing Your Resources: A Guide for Small and Rural Institutions Workshop

April 23 at 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Virtual Event Virtual Event

April 23, 2024 9:30 am – 2:30 pm (EST)
This is an online workshop.

Small galleries and museums are critical to our art and cultural fabric and can be found everywhere in Canada; with most towns and cities having at least one. They capture a distinctive niche in the art world and often offer their communities a way to highlight their history and heritage. There can be many objects in their collections in which they exhibit and educate the public about on shoestring budgets. These small and rural institutions often have limited staff and capacity and require many hours provided by volunteers. These institutions tend to have the greatest needs for collections care with most lacking in air control vaults and technology, and with staff with multiple and complicated responsibilities.

This workshop will help small and rural galleries put new strategies in place for prioritizing acquisitions, handling their collections, and maintaining proper museum environments. It will also look at ways to engage your community when posed with specific challenges such as remoteness and capacity. This workshop will ask how small and rural galleries and museums staff can tackle the immense task of being it all; educator, art historian, researcher, record keeper, collections caretaker, grant writer, marketer, public relations, and economic developers.

MODERATOR/FACILITATOR: Michael Rikley-Lancaster, Executive Director/Curator, Mississipi Valley Textile Museum


Demetra Christakos, Director/Curator, Art Gallery of Sudbury

Cesar Ferero, Programming and Regional Representative, Nippissing Region Curatorial Collective

Sinead Cox, Curator of Engagement & Dialogue, Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol

Karen Bachmann, Director/Curator, Timmins Museum

Caring for your collection on a smaller budget
Strategizing your collections with prioritizing acquisition
Programming and engagement for smaller institutions
Developing artistic, administrative, and financial strategies to manage your collections
Non-Member/General $275.00
GOG Member/Guelph Museums Member: $175.00
Artists / Independent Art worker $55.00
Student with valid student ID $45.00

Registration is now OPEN.


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