Activating the Museum in a Canadian Context: Pressing the Restart Button
Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Start Day and Time
Sunday May 7 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
132 America's Center
Sometimes museums experience significant change that stimulates opportunities to reimagine and reshape their mission, programs and operations. Panelists from four very different Canadian museums-national, provincial, urban, and community-share insight on activating their institutions to build new relationships with their respective audiences and communities. Learn specific strategies in museum engagement within an overall "lessons learned" risk framework that balances innovation with reality checks.
- Session participants will learn from how to develop audience development strategies that help reactivate museums that require large-scale change to move forward.
- Session participants will learn to assess and apply risk management techniques to frame the context in which staff can develop and try out new innovative strategies to reach audiences.
- Session participants will learn through specific stories as well as their own participation how different types of museums-- urban, rural, national, provincial, community - can reimagine and reposition an organization.
VP, Experience & Engagement
Canadian Museum of Nature
Ailsa Barry has twenty years of developing experiences in the cultural and heritage sector, working across multi-disciplinary platforms and in organisations ranging from Microsoft, the BBC and natural history museums. She was Head of Content at the Natural History Museum, London, where she led creative teams to deliver the Museum's public offer across exhibitions, web and programming. In 2014 she joined the Canadian Museum of Nature as Vice President of Experience and Engagement, where she is responsible for the public and commercial offer of the Museum. She continues to be passionate about exploring new and innovative ways to connect people with science and natural history.
Henriette Riegel is the Executive Director of the Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum. She has been in the museum field for over 20 years, both as a consultant and as a director. She has worked on large-scale projects such as the project management of the exhibitions for the millennial World's Fair in Hannover (EXPO2000), and several planning studies for science and space parks in Europe and Dubai. She also planned many small museum exhibitions and programs. Her academic specialty is living history museums and popular culture, and she has taught museum education at the University of Toronto. Henriette serves on the boards of several local museum and heritage organizations in Ottawa.
Program Officer, Scarborough Museum, City ofToronto
Pailagi Pandya is a Program Officer with Scarborough Museum, City ofToronto as well as a member of the Emerging Museum Professional Advisory Committee at the Ontario Museum Association. Pandya has worked in the museum field for over ten years in a variety of capacities, including South Asia Intern at the Royal Ontario Museum, a WIAProjects Curatorial Assistant and Program Media Outreach Co-coordinator at the Centre for Women Studies in Education, University of Toronto. She was also Curatorial Assistant at the Meharangrah Museum Trust, a UNESCO heritage site in Jodhpur India. Her area of expertise is in community development, partnership building and audience engagement programs that support the needs of diverse communities and people of all ages. Recently Pailagi was instrumental in the multifaceted national Canadian Museums and Youth Diversity Experience project.