Events

Pop Up Session at the OMA Conference! Advice for Museums Seeking Climate Justice – How Can We Help One Another Do Better?

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The Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice – GTHA Branch invites you to take part in a day-long collaborative and interactive POP UP experience, working together with us to mobilize and support museum workers and their organizations in building public awareness, mitigation and resilience in the face of climate change.

When: Thursday October 25, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Ontario Museum Association Annual Conference, Collaborating for Impact, at The Westin Prince Hotel, 900 York Mills Road, Toronto. We will be at Booth 8 in the EXPO Hall.

What: An Advice Booth will provide real time advice to spark conversations and ideas about how museum professionals and institutions might handle topics around climate change and climate justice. Watch the Alberta Museums Association/ CMCJ Museums and Climate Action Videos. Using Post Its we will work together to create an ongoing continuum of impactful ideas, partnerships, and stakeholders. A white board will act as a “bathroom wall” where we invite participants to grafitti what they really think about climate change. Do you have a story where something you or your museum did made a difference? Share your climate action story!

Come for information and inspiration, stay for the varied ways to engage, and return throughout the day to see how things evolve!

*Special thanks to the Ontario Museum Association for the invitation to participate free of charge in the Conference. Your ongoing interest and support are appreciated!!

For more information – Visit us at the OMA Conference or contact us here


Museum Educators for Climate Justice, Part II: Putting Ideas to Work

Working together to make a difference in our museums’ communities by building public awareness, mitigation and resilience in response to climate change.

Museum Educators for Climate Justice - a Peer-Learning Event
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When: Monday May 28, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Faculty of Information (iSchool), University of Toronto, Claude Bissell Building, 140 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3G6

Cost: FREE but space is limited so please PRE-REGISTER

Open to all, the second Museum Educators for Climate Justice workshop supports putting plans into action. Bring your ideas for climate justice to this peer-learning event, where all participants will help one another develop individual, and possibly collaborative, projects.

A number of tools for project implementation will be introduced to create public programs with impact. In this cooperative environment we hope to work with tools like the Critical Assessment Framework and to cultivate projects that tackle climate justice through public engagement. Return to your site with positive, practical ways to help address climate justice.

This workshop is offered free of charge. Each participant is responsible for their own beverages and lunch. We care about the environment, too. Please bring your own coffee cup and/or water bottle. Situated in Downtown Toronto, the iSchool is easily accessible by public transit – please use the ‘Better Choice’, if at all possible. Parking is extremely limited.

To register, please send an email Amy Hetherington amy@dramyhetherington.com including the following:

  • Your name
  • Institutional affiliation (if applicable)
  • Email address
  • Twitter name (if applicable)
  • Did you attend the Museum Educators for Climate Justice Session Jan. 22 at the AGO? yes/no
  • A brief description (2 or 3 sentences) of the idea/activity/event/partnership/other you are hoping to work on
*By registering for this session you give permission to share this information with fellow participants and Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice (CMCJ). The CMCJ believes in your right to privacy. We do not sell, rent, trade or share our mailing list.

 


Museum Educators For Climate Justice: A Peer Learning Workshop

(Sadly, this is now over. But click HERE to read the summary & see some great pics in a Coalition Blog post by Megan Crawford.)

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When: Monday, January 22, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Cost: FREE but space is limited so please PRE-REGISTER

This Workshop is now FULL! Thanks to everyone for your rapid response. If you are interested in participating in future workshops, please drop us a line at Museums4Climate@gmail.com.

Museums are being challenged to take an active and leading role in addressing climate change. Museum educators are destined to play a key role in mobilizing our institutions and community partners to ensure that climate justice becomes core to our practice. How will we do that?

Lead by Douglas Worts, WorldViews Consulting, this full-day workshop is designed by and for museum educators and students in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area to help address us these questions:

  • What resources are available to help us build our understanding of this complex issue?

  • What tools can we use to create public programs and collaborative initiatives through our institutions?

  • How can we serve as catalysts for engaging citizens, local businesses, schools, organizations and other museums in dialogue with these issues?

We will begin to

  1. Gain skills and use tools to help better understand the complex forces that have created climate change
  2. Generate innovations that can help to affect and/or disrupt impacts that are the consequences of climate change.

In this ‘peer-learning circle’, we will weave together systems mapping and innovation generation into a planning process to help facilitate this work.  We hope that the result of our efforts will be both a clearer picture of the complexity of the problem, as well as potential public engagement strategies that extend beyond the traditional use of exhibits and on-site programs.

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We ask that each of us comes prepared to participate to the best of their abilities in the discussions, brainstorming and thinking ‘outside-the-box’ dialogues throughout the full day of the workshop and beyond.

(One of the goals of the event is to continue challenging each other as we to share our successes and insights resulting from efforts in our museums that we develop and implement over the first half of 2018. Stay tuned for details!)

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We care about the environment, too. Coffee, tea, and water will be available, courtesy of CAGE. But please bring your own lunch, coffee cup and/or water bottle. Situated in Downtown Toronto, the AGO is easily accessible by public transit – the ‘Better Choice’, if at all possible.

This workshop could not have been organized without the donated time and effort of volunteers from the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice, Hamilton Museum Educators, Museum & Art Gallery Educators Collective of Durham Region, Canadian Association of Gallery Educators, U of T Museum Studies Students Association, Worldviews Consulting and Art Gallery of Ontario. Applause!

For more information

Contact Museums4Climate@gmail.com.

Special Thanks!!!

For providing the space Art Gallery of Ontario

For providing coffee & tea Canadian Art Gallery Educators

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