ANSM Mandate

logoWorking in partnership with museums, communities and supporters, the mandate of the Association of Nova Scotia Museums is to:

  • Encourage the development of professional best practices in Nova Scotia’s museums
  • Educate Nova Scotians about the value of museums and Nova Scotian stories
  • Act as a champion on behalf of museums in Nova Scotia

ANSM Museum Studies Program 2017-19

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A new three-year cycle of the ANSM Museum Studies Program will begin in the new year, and while exact locations and dates are yet to be determined, the following regions will be host to these great introductory workshops:

Year One

Museums 101 - South West

Museums & Community - North East

Museum Management & Governance - Central

Year Two

Museums 101 - Central

Interpretation I: Public Programming - Cape Breton

Collections Management & Curatorship - North East

Year Three

Interpretation II: Exhibitions - Central

Marketing & Revenue Generation - Cape Breton

Facilities Management - South West

Marketing and Revenue Generation Workshop

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Registration is now open for our Museum Studies Marketing and Revenue Generation Workshop on November 3 & 4! Attendance is limited to 20 participants, so be sure to register early!

This course will explore the different ways in which museums generate income and the influence that marketing can have on all forms of revenue generation.

Key content/subject areas:

  • Increasing self-generated revenues.
  • Identifying, assessing and capitalizing on public and contributed funding opportunities.
  • Basic fundraising methods
  • Customer service
  • Developing effective marketing plans and communication tools
  • Internet-based marketing and revenue generation.
  • Nova Scotian examples of best practices

Location: Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax

Facilitator: Rosalyn Rubenstein

For more information visit our link here, or to register for this workshop, click here.

Now Hiring: Director of Fundraising – The Museum Fund for Nova Scotia

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The purpose of the Director of Fundraising is to provide leadership and strategic direction for fundraising activities of the Museum Fund for Nova Scotia.

As the Director of Fundraising you will implement and direct a provincial fundraising strategy designed to generate robust and sustainable revenue streams that will enable the creation of a $2.5M endowment for museums in Nova Scotia.  Leveraging connections and relationships within the philanthropic, heritage, culture, other non-profit and business communities you will take a hands-on fundraising role, with an emphasis on:

a) leadership giving (major gifts)
b) planned giving
c) corporate giving
c) foundation giving
d) annual and online donating – social media

Click here for more details, including salary and a detailed job description. Deadline to apply is Friday August 26th 2016 at 4:30pm.

Museums and Security Symposium Registration

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Registration for the Museums and Security Symposium is now open. Tickets are $50 for ANSM members and $100 for non-members. You can register through EventBee or by filling out and mailing a registration form to the ANSM office. The registration deadline is May 16. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements and also whether or not you plan to attend the Annual General Meeting, which is taking place during the symposium.

More information about the symposium can be found in the symposium program.

Join us for an information packed day  on the many aspects of security that relate to museum operations.

Special lead address "Den of Antiquity" by RCMP investigative lead Darryl Morgan about the John Tillman Case.

Presentations on cyber security, director's liability & protection, human resource management & responsibilities, occupational health & safety and museums plus disaster planning & museums.

Everything you wanted to know about museums and security but were afraid to ask.

The Symposium will be taking place on May 20, 2016 at the Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre in Tatamagouche. Accommodations are available at Balmoral Motel at a special rate of $79 plus tax per night. To book using the ANSM preferred rate please call the motel and identify as a symposium attendee. Space is limited and early booking is recommended. Bookings for accommodations are the responsibility of delegates.

Our Vision Statement

All museums in Nova Scotia are valued by Nova Scotians, are sustainable and operate according to established standards of excellence.

ANSM services and programs are made possible with support from the Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage.