9:15-9:45am: Welcome from Centennial/Opening remarks
10:00-11:00am: Christine Castle, Keynote Speaker
11:00-12:00: Maya Hirschman
12:00-1:00pm: Lunch - Networking
1:00-2:00pm: Accessibility in the Museum and Gallery Environment
Melissa Smith, Art Gallery of Ontario
Christina Kerr, McMichael Canadian Art Collection
2:00-2:15pm: Afternoon Break
2:15-3:15pm: Making Museums and Galleries Pop!
Guest Speakers from Spadina House and TIFF Bell Lightbox
3:15-3:30pm: Closing remarks
KEYNOTE: CHRISTINE CASTLE
A Community of Practice works to bring together practitioners who are interested in doing something together. They want to gather real-world knowledge in their field. They want to make a difference as individuals and as a group. Can and do heritage and cultural workers form Communities of Practice? So what? Chris will talk about her experience working with communities of practice in Toronto, Hamilton, and Durham Region and suggest how emerging and veteran cultural and heritage professionals might look at learning together as creating a pathway to a better future
Accessibility in the Museum and Gallery Environment. In this panel, accessibility experts are bringing together their experience and knowledge together into presentations regarding making their a place for everyone. There will be a question and answer period included in the panel. Melissa Smith from the Art Gallery of Ontario will be presenting on how programming, particularly accessible forms of it are developed at the gallery. Her talk will also include some of the challenges that have arisen, and how they have been handled. Christina Kerr representing the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, will be discussing the Art of Inclusion Guide produced by the gallery through the Enabling Change Project with the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario. Her talk will take a more institutionalized focus on accessibility and how the guide can help museums and galleries.
Making Museums and Galleries Pop!: Bringing the theme of Pop Culture into the museum and gallery setting has been gaining popularity in recent years. Spadina House and the TIFF Bell Lightbox will be discussing their ventures into Pop Culture, and how they successfully have included it into their programming and exhibits. Spadina House's 2014 exhibition "Dressing for Downton" brought the clothes from the wildly popular television series into the museum. Hear how it was done, and how it worked for Spadina. TIFF Bell Lightbox's programming includes bringing popular culture to a variety of different demographics. Hear them talk about their programming, and how it has been successful for them.