Friday, November 8 - 2:05 to 3:20 pm
Henriette Riegel, Executive Director, Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum; Laura Gibbs, Executive Director, Ottawa Museum Network; Janik Aubin-Robert, Curator, Muséoparc Vanier Museopark; Paulina Abarca-Cantin, Executive Director, Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa (CHOO-COPO); Isabelle Geoffrion, Manager, Watson’s Mill, Inc
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From L to R: Isabelle Geoffrion, Janik Aubin-Robert, Laura Gibbs, Henriette Riegel, Paulina Abarca-Cantin
This panel will examine how local community museums can demonstrate good governance and leadership in local heritage with presentations from two heritage service organizations and three community museums in Ottawa. The strong partnership, with consistent funding and support all the way up to the Mayor, has allowed the museum and heritage sector to build capacity, move forward, and experiment with innovative partnerships, programming, and organizational structures.
Since 2003, the City of Ottawa put in place plans to advance culture to improve quality of life and economic impact on the City, including the Museum Sustainability Plan (2006-2009), which brought significant investments to the community museums and heritage service organizations to improve overall sustainability. This funding allowed the museums to preserve their collections and facilities, develop audiences, involve communities, undergo strategic planning, and leverage other sources of funding.
Since the MSP investments, longer-term results are beginning to be demonstrated by the sector. The consistent funding and strong partnerships with the City have allowed the local heritage sector to emerge out of the shadows of the national institutions in the capital, and to begin to experiment with new forms of leadership, governance and partnership.
Since 2006 the Muséoparc Vanier has built a strong board of directors with local specialists with diverse skills and experience showcasing the heritage and history of Vanier’s Francophones and the neighbourhood’s cultural heritage. The Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa is moving towards becoming a true council by broad consultation with the sector and by supporting the sector in working together on key heritage sustainability issues. The Ottawa Museum Network, a new museum service delivery model formed in 2007, has developed and is implementing a flexible, broad-reaching and effective advocacy plan for the network and the 10 community museums. Watson’s Mill has developed a community-based fundraising campaign that has built long-term relationships. The Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum has developed unique programming through partnerships with non-traditional community organizations.
Executive Director, Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa (CHOO-COPO)
Curator, Muséoparc Vanier Museopark
Manager, Watson’s Mill, Inc
Executive Director, Ottawa Museum Network
Executive Director, Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum