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Interpretation I: Public Programming - 2021

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Event location: Online (Zoom)

For 2021: All workshops will be offered by online on Wednesdays from 2-4pm


Date: May 5, 12, 19, 26 and June 2, 2021

Location: Online (Zoom)

Facilitator: Virginia Stephen

Enrolment Limits: 30 participants


Learning Outcomes

This workshop examines the role that public programming plays in fulfilling the educational goals of museums and creating a successful visitor experience. A particular focus will be how interactive programming can provide a strong link between a museum’s core mandate and an individual’s life experience.


Key content/subject areas:

  • types of museum interpretation
  • basic learning styles
  • elements of successful interpretive programs for the public and schools
  • increasing interactivity in museum exhibitions
  • principles of program evaluation


The workshop will combine formal instruction, group discussion, hands-on exercises and a graded take-home assignment.


Facilitator Virginia Stephen has extensive work and volunteer experience at museums and heritage organizations across Canada. She has previously served as an evaluator for the Alberta Museums Association Recognized Museums Program.


Note: This workshop is the first module in a two-part interpretation workshop series. Module two focuses on exhibition development and presentation and will be offered as part of the Museum Studies Program in 2022.


This workshop can be taken as part of the ANSM Museum Studies Program or on its own.



Registration Information


Registration will open on April 5, 2021

  • ANSM Members: $100.00
  • Non-Members: $150.00
  • Registration Deadline: May 3, 2021


Click the link below to register online or send a completed registration form with payment by cheque or money order to: Association of Nova Scotia Museums, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 4P7.  

Registration: Register Online