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What Now? What Next? 

Lower Mainland Museum Educators

Conference 2020

Jan 14, 2020, 8:30 a.m.
Science World at TELUS World of Science

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Where are our facilities heading? Where might we want to be? What paths are we taking to get there? This year’s theme of What Now? What Next? dives into the work happening in our community to enact change today, tomorrow and in the future.

This conference is aimed at all staff, volunteers (and those of in between) who work in or are interested in informal education. 


Enjoy a full day of workshops, break-out sessions, and engaging seminars. Leave inspired to make a difference in your community! 

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8:30-9:00: Registration & Networking

9:00-9:15: Welcome Remarks

9:15-9:30: Traditional Welcome

9:30-10:30: Keynote Speaker

10:30-10:45: Break

10:45-11:35: Session I

12:00-1:15: Lunch & Networking

1:15-2:05: Session II

2:15-2:30: Break

2:30-2:55: Session III

3:00-4:20: Panel Discussion

4:20-4:30: Concluding Remarks

4:35-6:00: Post-conference Social

*Schedule to change without notice

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What If the Engagement Process WAS the Exhibit? Community Collaboration and Museums as Learning Spaces


Dr. Henry Yu


As a history professor at UBC, Dr. Yu’s research and teaching has been built around collaborations with local community organizations, civic institutions such as museums, and multiple levels of government. He is passionate about helping British Columbians unlearn the cultural and historical legacies of colonialism and to be inspired by the often hidden and untold stories of those who struggled against racism and made Canadian society more inclusive and just.  



Workshop: Shape the future of Lower Mainland museums: collecting your ideas, visions, and emerging voices through anecdote circles. Bits and Bytes Lab

Museums in the Lower Mainland are places of reconciliation, dialogue, growth, education, community, challenges, and change. Where are we headed next? How can we push our thinking and create a vision for tomorrow? In this workshop, using a modied anecdote circles sharing method, we will collaboratively create a living vision document of how we want to see Lower Mainland Museums in the future.

Nicole Balsdon & Lisa McIntosh

PanelCommunity Engaged Students Internships: Knowledge Mobilization Through University-Museum Partnerships.

Science Theatre

In showcasing the work of UBC student interns at three local museum organizations, this panel presentation will illustrate how innovative community-based research partnerships can create a framework to facilitate knowledge mobilization to and from universities to local communities.

Winnie Kwan, Lorenda Calvert, Jenny Lu & Denise Fong

Workshop: Celebrating Welcoming Community Spaces

Exploration Lab

Canucks Autism Network has supported a number of museums across the Lower Mainland to improve their accessibility for individuals with autism and related diversabilities. This interactive workshop will introduce attendees to a range of practical ideas and strategies to improve engagement, including frontloading tools, visual supports, sensory considerations, communication tips, as well as sensory friendly events and spaces.

Taylor Sands & Tam Pham


Panel: Collaboration Across the GLAM sector.

Bits and Bytes Lab

GLAMs (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums) each play a unique but complimentary role in celebrating our shared culture and building community. Despite differences in their professional practices, GLAMs are now joining forces and collaborating with one another through innovative partnerships. This session speaks to the strategic value of partnering, shares examples of successful collaborations, and invites discussion on the possibilities that partnerships offer.

Dawn Ibey, Biliana Velkova, Erin Watkins, Trish Pattison & Marnie Burnham

Workshop: Everyone's a Critic: Collaborating Between Organizations to get Quick Feedback

Science Theatre

Critical appraisal is an intuitive, informal, collaborative, and unfortunately-named evaluation method that leverages the expertise of museum professionals and provides quick feedback about exhibits or programs. Come hear about the experiences of four non-evaluators (and one emerging evaluator) from different institutions who have been practising this technique to build their own skills and provide other institutions with valuable feedback on their activities. Following a brief introduction to the topic, get hands-on experience appraising an exhibit on the floor at Science World.

Jessica McQuiggan, Catherine Po, Denise Cymballist & Nicole Balsdon

Presentation: Metis Visibility: Call Me By My Name

Exploration Lab

This session aims to inform participants about Métis art, history, and culture, and to engage in a dialogue about how to include the Métis in your programming, distinctively to First Nations or Inuit. The session will be a mix of presentation, Q&A, and activities.

Lisa Shepard & Naomi Evans

Workshop: From Fringe to the Fore: Adjusting Audience Perception to Inspire Action.

Exploration Lab

In a world afflicted by plant blindness and apathy, how do we engage audiences and inspire social-behavioral change? Join Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association (VBGA) Education staff for an interactive and collaborative workshop that brings together informal educators to solve the age old question “Why should I care?” Learn and discuss how to foster emotional connections to less popular topics, how to encourage audiences to relate to those topics, and how to utilize that emotional connection to stimulate an impactful call to action!

Hailey Moran & Devon Deckant

Presentation: Using LGBTQ2+ Inclusive Language in Program Facilitation and Workspaces.

Science Theatre

This presentation will include using LGBTQ2+ inclusive language when dealing with both content delivery, communicating with staff, as well as communicating with the public with several examples and discussion points for each. The three presenters will also be able to share personal examples of how queer inclusive language in their workplaces helped them, and where/how they have been successful in implementing it. This will be a collaborative presentation with three presenters working together to present content in a fun dynamic way- in drag!

Mily Mumford, Charlie Cook, Dominique Wakeland

Presentation: Killer Whales: Changing Values, Inspiring Scientists, and a Ban - What's Next?

Bits and Bytes Lab

From blood-thirsty pests to intelligent beings – tracing the influence of Vancouver Aquarium’s decision to capture Moby Doll (first killer whale shown to the public) to the consequent evolution of western society’s perception of them as a species that has led to Canada’s ban of display of cetaceans today. What’s next for the Aquarium within this context?

Catherine Po

Closing Panel: Changing communities and intangible history.

Science Theatre

Aerlyn Weissman and Kevin Huang. 



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Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Tickets: $40

Venue: Science World at Telus World of Science

Parking: Free for LMME attendees in the two lots in front of Science World. You will not need to purchase parking from the meters.

For more information about the venue, click here!

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We acknowledge and are grateful that the 2020 LMME conference takes place on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples

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