[BCMA] Museum Activism | A Conversation with Bob Janes

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*Over the last year, the Canmore Museum has engaged in many conversations
about what its role is and should be in the community. We invite members of
the museum community to join the Canmore Museum and Robert J. Janes,
author and cultural sector leader as we examine the role museums should
play in speaking about and acting on issues that affect the communities
they serve, framed around Janes's book Museum Activism. Registration is
free for BCMA members; register online
<https://canmoremuseum.com/event/museum_activism/> through the Canmore
Museum website.*

*>> REGISTER ONLINE <https://canmoremuseum.com/event/museum_activism/>*


Only a decade ago, the notion that museums, galleries, and heritage
organizations might engage in activist practice, with explicit intent to
act upon inequalities, injustices, and environmental crises, was met with
skepticism and often derision. Seeking to purposefully bring about social
change was viewed by many within and beyond the museum community as
inappropriately political and antithetical to fundamental professional
values. Today, although the idea remains controversial, the way we think
about the roles and responsibilities of museums as knowledge-based, social
institutions is changing. Museum Activism examines the increasing
significance of this activist trend in thinking and practice.

At this crucial time in the evolution of museum thinking and practice, this
groundbreaking volume brings together more than fifty contributors working
across six continents to explore, analyze, and critically reflect upon the
museum’s relationship to activism. Including contributions from
practitioners, artists, activists, and researchers, this wide-ranging
examination of new and divergent expressions of the inherent power of
museums as forces for good, and as activists in civil society, aims to
encourage further experimentation and enrich the debate in this nascent and
uncertain field of museum practice.

Museum Activism elucidates the largely untapped potential for museums as
key intellectual and civic resources to address inequalities, injustice,
and environmental challenges. This makes the book essential reading for
scholars and students of museum and heritage studies, gallery studies, arts
and heritage management, and politics. It will be a source of inspiration
to museum practitioners and museum leaders around the globe.

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Robert R. Janes is the Editor-in-Chief of Museum Management and
Curatorship, a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Museum Studies at
the University of Leicester (UK), an Adjunct Professor of Archeology at the
University of Calgary, Canada, and the former President and CEO of the
Glenbow Museum (1989–2000). His museum books include Museums and the
Paradox of Change (1995; 1997), Looking Reality in the Eye: Museums and
Social Responsibility (with Gerald T. Conaty – 2005), Museum Management and
Marketing (with Richard Sandell – 2007), and Museums in a Troubled World
(2009). Janes has worked in and around museums for 36 years as a director,
consultant, author, editor, archeologist, board member, teacher, and
volunteer. He continues to champion museums as important social
institutions – capable of making a difference in the lives of individuals
and their global communities.
Ron Ulrich | (he/him)
Executive Officer at the Canmore Museum

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