Archive for March, 2012

News Update 22 March 2012

Kia ora koutou,

In the office we are very busy with preparation for MA12, guest speaker tours, Awards, AGM, and the new MA Lecture. We’re also working on the National Visitor Survey, and are very pleased that more museums are taking part this year.  As the number and range of participants grows, this will become an increasingly useful resource for all.  In addition, we are developing a more comprehensive sector statistics project to provide better data about the overall size and shape of the museum and gallery sector.

We’re also busy recruiting staff.  While we know we can’t ‘replace’ Sophie, we will be appointing a new Membership Services Manager when she leaves to explore the world.  Sophie will be with us until the end of April, looking after membership and helping Rebecca and the team with MA12.

MA12 conference – EARLYBIRD REGISTRATION EXTENDED TO 23 MARCH
Make sure you register this week for ‘Collaboration in Practice’ in Wellington, 18-20 April.  An invitation to the Directors and Governors’ Dinner at Parliament, hosted by Hon Chris Finlayson, has been sent to all directors – as we don’t have contact details for many board/trust members, please contact us if you would like any of your ‘governors’ to be invited. There are many other social and professional sessions, behind the scenes tours, and associated events. See our website for details or go straight to registration.

Inaugural Museums Aotearoa Lecture – Tuesday 17 April – Jock Phillips
We are very excited to be launching a new annual Museums Aotearoa Lecture series. The first lecture will be at Te Papa on the evening of Tuesday 17 April, so plan to come to Wellington the day before MA12. The inaugural speaker will be Jock Phillips, well known to many through his work with Te Papa, Te Ara and most recently for his ‘Insider’ blogs during the RWC 2011 ‘Real NZ’ festival.  This public event is free to attend.

AGM – Thursday 19 April
The 2012 Annual General Meeting of Museums Aotearoa will be held at Te Papa, at 12 noon on Thursday 19 April. There will be a Board vacancy for one Individual member: Jenny Harper will complete her first term on the Board, and is standing for re-election. The notice of meeting, draft agenda and voting information are in the members area of our website here, with hard copies being posted to Individual members this week.

ATTTO – Museum Training Council
The Training Council is convened by ATTTO, our Industry Training Organisation, to provide advice and input into their support of workplace training. At its meeting last week, the Council looked at priorites for the coming year, and how they relate to other sector activities and initiatives.  We were very pleased with the work ATTTO has done over the past year in developing resources to support the Museum Practice Certificate, and a new induction package, Welcome to Museums.  By bringing relevant information together, these resources will make achieving the standards quicker and more achievable. To find out more about the qualifications and resources, contact ATTTO by email or tel 04 499 6570.  If you are an experienced museum professional, you may be interested in becoming an assessor for others working on the museum standards.

Next week we’ll be announcing the finalists in the 2012 New Zealand Museum Awards.  The winners will be anounced at a celebration dinner at City Gallery Wellington on 19 April.  We’re looking forward to seeing many of you in Wellington for MA12 and the Awards – don’t forget to register this week to get the earlybird rate.  For those who aren’t able to come to MA12, there will be reports on our website and a bumper conference/awards issue of MAQuarterly in early May.

Nga mihi,
Phillipa and Sophie

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News update 9 March 2012

At last its official! Part of the new Air Force Museum development will be available for the restoration, storage and rehabilitation of heritage and cultural collections displaced by the Canterbury earthquakes. A proposal to establish a collections recovery centre has been with funding agencies in Wellington since last year, and it has now been confirmed that $1.5 million from the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust and up to $2 million from government will be available to make it happen. Canterbury’s displaced cultural institutions will be able to use the facilities at the Air Force Museum, due to open by November, free of charge for up to three years. Storage will be available for a further three years. See this and other recent news stories here.

We also congratulate all the team at the Air Force Museum on, and heartily endorse, their Christchurch City Council Mayoral Award presented ‘in recognition of acts of kindness, service and heroism during and following the Christchurch earthquakes’. And marking one year on from the February 2011 earthquake, NSTP has posted a ‘Canterbury earthquake anniversary series’, including a piece by Thérèse Angelo which shows the medal and outlines the recovery centre project, on the nzmuseums blog.

Those who were at MA10 in New Plymouth will recall Queensland Art Gallery’s Tony Ellwood’s inspiring presentation about how he ensures QAG is relevant to its audiences and stakeholders. It has been announced that Tony will be the new Director of Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria after Dr Gerard Vaughan retires later this year. The Herald Sun interview with Tony asks him about his plans for the NGV.

There is no news roundup on our website this week. We’re having some technical challenges, as the method of delivery of news items to us has changed, and we are still working out how to make the new online links available to members. This is in part a reflection of the fact that physical newspapers are in decline around the world as more of our news and information-gathering is sourced online. here is an example of a story about Rotorua Museum appearing in ‘Happyzine’.

MA12, 18-20 April 2012 – REGISTER NOW
More details are being added to the MA12 conference programme as they are confirmed. Our Minister, the Hon Chris Finlayson, is hosting the Directors and Governors’ Dinner at Parliament. There will be special sessions for the ICOM-NZ, Directors of Small Museums and TENNZ groups as well as other associated events. See our website for details or click here to go straight to registration.

Inaugural Museums Aotearoa Lecture – Tuesday 17 April
We are very excited to be launching a new annual Museums Aotearoa lecture series. The first lecture will be on the evening of Tuesday 17 April, so plan to come to Wellington the day before MA12. We have confirmed the speaker and have a generous sponsor – more details very soon…

Diversity Action – Race Relations Day 21 March
Its good to see museums and galleries exhibiting and offering programmes that address issues of diversity, prejudice and inclusion. Te Ngira – the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme – run by the Human Rights Commission, is a great way to gain support for and extend the reach of such programmes. HRC send out regular emails and promote all kinds of activities through their website, including a museums and exhibitions listing. They also facilitate the annual Diversity Forum, usually in August, and Race Relations Day each year on 21 March. There is information about the programme on the diversity action web pages, links to a poster and other resources to support race relations and diversity action.

Creative New Zealand’s Optimise programme supports online marketing capability for arts organisations, and some of its is directly relevant to museums of all kinds. They are planning webinars and the first edition on the online newsletter Optimise Insights has information about the coaching programme, mobile trends and energising your Facebook audience.

Last month we noted crowdsourcing as a growing way for smaller organisations to raise funds and build communities of interest. This includes fundraising websites such as PledgeMe, Givealittle and Fundraiseonline, as well as social networking. We would be interested to hear about your experiences with any of these tools – what has worked (or not) for you, and how.

And in amongst conference organising, sending out the 2012 Directory, arranging scholarships and awards, we have been continuing our advocacy. Phillipa Tocker and MA Chair, Thérèse Angelo met with the Hon Christopher Finlayson, Minister for Arts, Culture & Heritage, earlier this week. We discussed current sector issues, especially the continuing squeeze on public funding, and some of the consequences and possible ways of alleviating them. We talked about specific areas of need such as Christchurch, about collaborative opportunities, and the benefits of accreditation, and where these fit with broader policy challenges. Our Minister is very supportive of his portfolio, and we look forward to continuing to work with him and the Ministry for Culture & Heritage to ensure the best possible outcomes for all our members.

Nga mihi,
Phillipa and Sophie


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