Phew! It’s been a very busy fortnight for MA staff and helpers as we made all the preparations and then immersed ourselves in last week’s MA12 conference, Collaboration in Practice. And it truly was a collaborative few days. We were joined by international speakers, and guests from outside the museum and gallery world, to explore and reflect on the ins and outs of the collaborative process – in cultural terms, for financial goals, and through programming.
A huge thank you to all who attended, supported, presented and participated in the MA12 conference. We will be adding conference material to our website and producing a bumper conference/awards issue of MAQuarterly in May.
2012 Museum Awards
Congratulations to the award winners announced at the celebration dinner at City Gallery Wellington last week. And congratulations too to all the finalists and others who entered and were not placed this time. The record number and high quality of entries shows that the NZ Museum Awards are giving recognition to the best of the best of museum and gallery achievements. Established five years ago, we have had sponsorship from Story Inc for the last three years which has enabled the programme to grow. We look forward to continuing to develop the Awards programme and promote excellence in all aspects of our profession.
The Annual Accounts and Annual Report for 2011 were presented at the AGM, and can be downloaded from the members’ area of the website here. A hard copy will be posted to members in May. The next Board meeting will be in Wellington on 22 May.
Ministry for Culture & Heritage
MCH has announced publicly the establishment of a government Heritage Forum. This will bring together heritage interests across various government agencies, and is a good step towards better engagement and communication with the wider sector. MCH has also advertised two new senior heritage positions which will be part of this new approach to sector engagement. Click through to read about the Hertitage Forum and visit the MA vacancies page.
Later this week Sophie de Lautour Kelly, who has been managing membership services for MA for the past two years, heads off to explore the world beyond Aotearoa New Zealand. We thank Sophie for her dedication and inspiration, and especially keeping MA current and active. One of her goals was to set up and develop a presence for MA in the world of social media. We are on Twitter and our Facebook community has just reached a milestone of 400 friends. This will be a great way to keep in touch with Sophie on her travels!