On The Table: Community, Museums + The Future explores explores the evolving role of museums and their relationship with local communities.

On The Table: Community, Museums + The Future explores explores the evolving role of museums and their relationship with local communities.

About this Event

Join our panel of internationally-recognized cultural sector thought leaders as we explore the evolving role of community museums. As social and cultural agencies, museums can help foster healthier, more inclusive, sustainable and connected communities. Our panelists will give insight into how museums are working with their local communities to address some of the most important issues of our time as we look to emerge from a global health and economic crisis.

Each guest will introduce their topic before event participants break out into 30-minute long break-out rooms of their topic choice. Participants will then come back with recommendations or ideas of how the Canmore Museum can address these topics with it’s community over the next four years.

This On The Table event for the Canmore community and the Alberta cultural sector is being hosted in conjunction with the launch of the Canmore Museum Re-Imagined Strategy.

If you wish to make a donation, please contribute through CanadaHelps to either the BOW VALLEY FOOD BANK or the IYAHRHE NAKODA FOOD BANK SOCIETY. The Bow Valley Food Bank has been established to provide emergency food assistance to people experiencing a financial crisis and who are unable to purchase food for themselves or their families. The INFBS is committed to eliminating hunger in the Stoney Nakoda Communities with emergency food hamper assistance.


Our Panel Guests

Please join the Canmore Museum in welcoming these distinguished thought leaders to the table for this On The Table event.

Gail Lord, Lord Cultural Resources | Museums + Community Change. Gail is Co-founder and President of Lord Cultural Resources. Along with many leading publications. she has also co-authored with Ngaire Blankenberg the book Cities, Museums and Soft Power. Gail has led cultural and tourism plans for cities as well as planning, management and exhibition assignments for museums, galleries and cities throughout Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, continental Europe, North America and Asia. In 2014, Gail was appointed Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Minister of Culture of France. More recently, Gail Lord was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.

Shivani Saini, Antelier Culturati | Museums + Empowering Inclusivity. Shivani is a consultant, producer and skillful communicator with over 25 years of professional film, tv, media and arts experience. She is a dedicated advocate for equity within mainstream media and the cultural sector. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree in Radio & Television from Ryerson University, and has worked in all genres of media production; in every role from the creative to the business side. Her portfolio includes groundbreaking museum content, award-winning television & film, cutting-edge theatre, international visual arts affairs, social media initiatives, and festivals that cultivate new works. Shivani is also the founder of Creatives Empowered, the first and only organization in Alberta for film + tv, media and arts professionals who are Black, Indigenous and People of Colour.

Doug Worts, World View Consulting | Museums + A Culture of Sustainability. Doug has been a museologist since 1980 and a ‘culture and sustainability specialist’ since 1997. He is co-founder of WorldViews Consulting which provides advice and support to a wide range of organizations that are interested in sustainability. Over the past three decades, Doug has published and spoken widely, in Canada and internationally, on topics of museum audience, creativity, education and the relationship of culture to sustainability. For almost 20 years, Doug’s special research and publishing focus has been on understanding and promoting the notion of a ‘culture of sustainability’. He is a founding member of the Canadian Working Group on Museums and Sustainable Communities and a recipient of a Senior Research Fellowship from the Canadian Museums Association.

Maddie Taylor, Cuseum | Museums + Creating Digital Communities. Maddie leads content and marketing at Cuseum, a platform that helps museums and cultural organizations engage their visitors, members, and patrons using the power of technology. Maddie has spearheaded a range of content initiatives, including the industry-acclaimed “Membership Mondays” and “This Week in Museums” webinar series. Maddie is passionate about emerging technology and innovation in the cultural space and she regularly produces resources that explore trends and topical issues in museums and cultural organizations. Before joining the Cuseum team, she worked with a number of cultural organizations in Europe.

Cultural heritage and climate change

Cultural heritage and climate change
On March 19, the Fridays For Future Movement and Europeana Climate Action Group invite you to join a meeting to discuss collective climate action with a focus on steps that the cultural heritage sector can take to achieve this.

As a sector, a call to action is needed to fight against climate change, and work together to protect our planet. The programme will highlight and share the climate action work that has been done by cultural heritage professionals, as well as introduce a Climate Action Map where cultural heritage institutions and organisations can share their climate actions, whether small or large.



10:00 – 10:10 Welcome by Barbara Fischer

10:10 – 10:20 Your Digital footprint by Patrick Ehlert

10:20 – 10:30 Inspiration on the ‘Museums On the Climate Journey’ roadmap by Diane Drubay

10:30 – 10:40 Museums For Future by Anna Krez

10:40 – 10:50 Culture Declares Emergency by Bridget McKenzie

10:50 -11:00 Presentation of the map by Kathryn Cassidy and Killian Downing

11:00 – 11:20 Debate moderated by Diane Drubay and Killian Downing

11:20 – 11:30 Wrap up by Barbara Fischer


More information can be found in this news piece on Europeana Pro.

Looking forward to seeing you all on 19 March.

Please note: Europeana is beginning to monitor attendance at our events to try to make sure that we are reaching as wide and diverse a section of the community working with or interested in digital cultural heritage as we possibly can. We ask you a series of questions relating to your age, gender identification and whether you have a visible or invisible disability. The disclosure of this information is completely voluntary. All responses will be treated in the strictest confidence, and all data disclosed will comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 and Europeana’s privacy policy. You can also read the Europeana Network Association Code of Conduct. We will anonymise your data and only use, analyse and report on anonymised data. Where a respondent voluntarily provides personal information, this data will be used only for the purposes for which it is provided, and not passed to any third party, unless obliged to disclose such information by a rule of law.

Museums Facing Extinction – new video collection!

Museums Facing Extinction – new video collection!

Our longtime partner, We Are Museums has just posted a fantastic collection of videos entitled Museums Facing Extinction – check it out!

It features inspiring online presentations from renowned museum professionals speaking about the various challenges museums face(d) in 2020 and the inspiring opportunities they have to help build the world back in a better, more sustainable way.

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