Integrating Archival Collections into your Museum's Exhibits and Programs with the Archives of Ontario and TIFF

Friday, November 8 - 10:45 am to 12:00 pm


Samantha Cutrara, PhD, Senior Coordinator, Educational Programming and Exhibitions, Stewart Boden, Outreach Officer (Archives of Ontario), Sylvia Frank, Director of Film Reference Library, Melissa Neil, Registrar, Theresa Scandiffio, Senior Manager, Adult Learning (TIFF)

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Integrating Archival Collections


Session Description

Join the Archives of Ontario and TIFF as they present informative, interesting, and interactive ways of integrating various collections, expertise, and departments in exhibitions and programs. Learn about the Archives of Ontario’s plan for their upcoming World War I exhibition which has a specific focus on visitor engagement, innovation, and programming (see images from the Archive’s collections that will ignite discussion about effective outreach and programming strategies).

Discover how TIFF tackled the ambitious and exciting challenge of year-round programming by adopting a strategic approach of integrating programming and staff expertise across divisions for The Cronenberg Project launching fall 2013. Learn how they brought together items from their reference library, archives, education, and objects collections into a series of large-scale projects.


Presenter Biographies


Outreach Officer, Archives of Ontario
After working in municipal, corporate, and not-for-profit archives in Ontario and Manitoba, Stewart Boden has been at the Archives of Ontario since 2001. He spent five years as a Reference Archivist, helping researchers find and use photographic, architectural and cartographic records. His passion for archival advocacy led him to his current position as Outreach Officer, a job he has been doing since January 2007.



Stewart Boden



Senior Coordinator, Educational Programming and Exhibitions, Archives of Ontario 
Dr. Samantha Cutrara has been the Senior Coordinator of Educational Programming and Exhibitions at the Archives of Ontario since 2012. With a Doctorate in Education from York University specializing in History Education, Samantha has been a history educator for over 12 years working in both traditional and non-traditional sites of education, including museums and archives.

Dr. Samantha Cutrara


Director, TIFF Film Reference Library and Curator, Special Collections
Since 1993, Sylvia Frank developed the popular online Canadian Film Encyclopedia, and under her guidance TIFF’s Special Collections have attracted international scholars. Her recent exhibition X-Men Master: Gordon Smith attracted 27,000 visitors. Frank just completed her fourth term on the Executive Committee of FIAF (International Federation of Film Archives). She is a member of Ryerson University’s Image Arts Advisory Committee and an Advisor to Scarborough Film Festival.



Sylvia Frank



Registrar, TIFF Bell Lightbox
Melissa Neil is the Registrar at TIFF Bell Lightbox. She has worked at various cultural institutions and galleries including The Banff Centre, Birch Libralato, Corkin Gallery and the National Gallery of Canada. She is a graduate of the Applied Museum Studies programme at Algonquin College (2006) and the Ontario College of Art and Design (2002).

  Melissa Neil


Senior Manager, Adult Learning, TIFF
Theresa Scandiffio, oversees TIFF’s year-round educational initiatives and high-profile onstage guest events for post-secondary communities and public audiences. Prior to joining TIFF in 2010, Theresa worked on various archival, curatorial, and community outreach projects and educational initiatives at museums, festivals and universities in Toronto, Chicago and Orlando. Theresa received her Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies at the University of Toronto, her Master of Arts in Cinema and Media Studies at York University in Toronto and her PhD in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of Chicago.

Theresa Scandiffio