Vital Museums, Engaged Community: Role-modeling change through the Kingston Culture Plan

Thursday, November 7 - 2:30 to 3:45 pm



Paul Robertson, City Curator, Cultural Services, City of Kingston; Ann Blake, Managing Director, Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries, and Historic Sites, Inc.; Dr. Terri-Lynn Brennan, Program Coordinator, Community Engagement & Education, Cultural Services, City of Kingston; Tom Riddols, Curator, MacLachlan Woodworking Museum

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From L to R: Anne Blake, Tom Riddols, Dr. Terri-Lynn Brennan
From L to R: Anne Blake, Tom Riddols, Dr. Terri-Lynn Brennan
Paul Robertson
Paul Robertson


Session Description

Discover a working role-model of how a city can strategically highlight and mold its cultural heritage to attract local, national, and global tourism. The City of Kingston’s cross-collaborative approach to building sustainable and effective leadership directions for cultural heritage community members has ignited an appreciation and awareness of cultural treasures from across local and extended communities. Perfect for delegates from municipal governments, heritage working groups, and museums.


Presenter Biographies


Managing Director, Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries, and Historic Sites, Inc. (KAM)
Ann Blake has over twenty years’ experience in education and interpretive programming in a living history setting, and in the administration of community museums. Ann believes that it takes a community to make a museum successful and sustainable. Throughout Ann’s museum career, she has searched for opportunities to partner with diverse groups and organizations, to open up museums for community engagement.



Ann Blake



Program Coordinator, Community Engagement and Education Division, Cultural Services, City of Kingston
As an Educational Sociologist, Dr. Terri-Lynn Brennan has a 20-year career spanning administrative and educational leadership, program management and cultural research across Canada, the UK, Egypt and Nepal. As a Program Coordinator in the Community Engagement and Education Division of Cultural Services at the City of Kingston, Terri-Lynn is driven to create an inclusive and collaborative approach to strengthening and promoting the cultural heritage of Kingston while embracing the voice of all community members to direct quality and sustainable programming.



Terri-Lynn Brennan



Stephanie Earp is a writer and arts marketer whose editorial work has appeared in Elle Canada, Canadian Living, Huffington Post, AOL and TV Guide. She has served as the manager of the Kingston Canadian Film Festival, the largest all-Canadian film festival in the world and on the board of the Kingston Arts Council. In her role with Cultural Services, she manages branding and marketing for The Grand Theatre, The MacLachlan Woodworking Museum, The Pump House Steam Museum and ArtIgnite.



Stephanie Earp



Curator, MacLachlan Woodworking Museum
Tom Riddolls has been curator at the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum since 2011 where he has been redeveloping the visitor experience and creating a new direction for the site.  Having worked behind the scenes in exhibit design, collections care and program development on three continents, he is interested in the different ways people relate to the physical world, the artifacts they choose to put value in and the ways they interpret them.



Tom Riddolls



City Curator, City of Kingston
Paul Robertson became Kingston’s first City Curator in 2011 – a new position identified in the Kingston Culture Plan in 2010. Paul, who holds a Master of Arts in Canadian history, is a long-time material history specialist and social historian. Among Paul’s responsibilities as City Curator, he oversees the City’s civic collection, Kingston’s two municipal museums and the historical interpretation of City Hall. Kingston’s unofficial ‘curator of intangible history’, he has a keen interest in finding creative ways to capture and interpret the stories of Kingston and its residents.


Paul Robertson