Archive for May, 2012



News Update 15 May

International Museum Day – museums in a changing world
IMD is this Friday, 18 May.  Museums around the country are using IMD as an opportunity to add something different to museum and gallery programming.  Museums Aotearoa has put out a media release to the larger newspapers, television and radio stations today.  You can download our MA media release here – contact your local media if you have more activities to highlight.

Kauri Museum – happy 50th birthday
A cake, a visit from the PM, a certificate and free entry for local residents – staff and volunteers of The Kauri Museum have been celebrating 50- years since its establishment in 1962.  The Kauri Museum is proud to be the first certified carboNZero museum, recognising their commitment to a sustainable future by managing and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  Well done to all the team at The Kauri Museum!

Volunteer Awareness Week – 17-23 June
With a theme of ‘building communities through volunteering’, this is especially applicable to museum organisations. Our communities are our best advocates, especially with local funders. Make sure you acknowledge and support your volunteers all year round, and especially during the week of 17-23 June. This may also be a good time to recruit new volunteers in your community.

Optimise – CNZ resource for arts marketing online
If you’re interested in online marketing ands use of social media, and aren’t sure how to start or what it could do for your organisation, then check out Creative New Zealand’s Optimise programme and resources.  You can sign up to their occasional e-newsletters, Optimise Insight, for information, trends and helpful tips. I’ve just been finding out about the rising popularity of Pinterest, a recent social network where people link and upload images, and found a whole lot of pinboards by the virtual Girl Museum.

MA Board – Tuesday 22 May
The MA Board will meet next week in Wellington.  Elected Board members are:

Thérèse Angelo, Director, Air Force Museum (Chair) 
Eric Dorfman, Director, Whanganui Regional Museum
Michelle Hippolite, Kaihautu, Te Papa
Jenny Harper, Director, Christchurch Art Gallery
Greg McManus, Director, Rotorua Museum

We will be looking at priorities and activities for the remainder of 2012, feedback from MA12, and planning for MA13 in Rotorua.  Members are welcome to contact the office or a Board member about any MA matters.

Nga mihi,
Phillipa and Talei

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News Update 2 May 2012

It has been a busy few weeks in the MA office.  Last Friday we farewelled Sophie de Lautour Kelly, who has been our Museum Membership Manager for the past two years.  On Monday Sophie flew out of Wellington on the first stage of her international adventures – first stop Australia, and then the world!

Yesterday we welcomed Talei Langley to MA.  Talei comes to us from a varied background in marketing, communications and general office support.  More recently, Talei has completed Honours in Art History and is planning a Masters thesis. There is still lots of catching up for us to do after the conference, and we’ll be working on a backlog of admin matters as well as planning activities for the remainder of 2012.  When Talei applied to MA, she said she works well under pressure and loves a job with plenty of variety – she’s sure to get all that as our Museum Membership Manager. 

MA12 papers and feedback
We’re gathering up presentations and videos from MA12 conference and getting them formatted to put up on our website.  There will also be some write-ups in the next MAQ later this month.  In the mean time, you can listen to our Canadian keynote speaker, Jim Marchbank as interviewed by Kim Hill on Radio NZ.  We would also love to hear your feedback on MA12 and any suggestions you have as we begin planning MA13 in Rotorua.  We have set up a feedback survey here.  If you didn’t attend, we’d be interested to hear your perspective too, and any suggestions for making it the annual conference easier to get to.

More events coming up 
There are lots more great opportunities on the horizon for getting together and professional development.  This week was the second in the Te Papa / Victoria University museum studies seminar series,  Conal McCarthy kicked this off last month by exploring the meaning and context of ‘theory’ and ‘practice’ in museum and university research.  He highlighted the positive and negative characteristics of each, and held out a challenge for research to be more collaborative across the museum sector.  Yesterday Claudia Orange and her team picked up the museum side of the challenge in a multi-player presentation titled Curating for the future: how museum research develops scholarship in the arts, sciences and humanities to shape research opportunities for researchers and museum audiences. This evoked an interesting discussion about who and what museum research is ‘for’.  Look out for the next in this series on Monday 21 May, when David Luoni will share his Masters research into leadership in museums.

Putting collaborative theory into practice, VUW is offering a one-day ‘Wananga Taonga’ to introduce professionals to Maori perspectives on museums and heritage.  This course is in Wellington on 1 June.

And a reminder of two Medallic Management Workshops this month in the South Island: Otago Settlers Museum on Tuesday 15 May and Air Force Museum on Wednesday 16 May.  There are some other useful National Services Te Paerangi workshops in June. See listings below for details. 

International Museum Day 
IMD is on 18 May, with a theme of museums in a changing world.  Falling on a Friday this year, IMD is a great opportunity to add something different to museum and gallery programming.  It could be as simple as letting visitors know that there is an international museum community.  Or you could offer back-of-house or late tours, relate the theme to your exhibits in some way, ask visitors for their views on our changing world, or link up with a distant museum.  The possibilities are only limited by your imagination…  MA will be putting out a media release around 14 May – please let us know how your museum is planning to mark IMD.

If we’ve missed any vital information, or you have other ideas and suggestions for MA, we’ll be delighted to hear from you.

Nga mihi,
Phillipa and Talei

News update 24 April 2012

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.

AGM 2012
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!

Nga mihi,
Phillipa


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