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AMaGA Western Australia is heading to the Goldfields to deliver a new six-month Open the Doors Skills Development Program from August 2019 to January 2020. The Open the Doors Skills Development
AMaGA Western Australia is heading to the Goldfields to deliver a new six-month Open the Doors Skills Development Program from August 2019 to January 2020.
The Open the Doors Skills Development Program supports the ongoing advancement of knowledge and practice in museums, galleries, libraries, archives and other collecting organisations across Western Australia. It helps to strengthen professional, cultural and social networks and promote the sustainability of collecting organisations as valued commodities in the wider community.
The six-month program is aimed at people working and volunteering in regional cultural and creative collecting organisations and offers training in:
- recording information about your collections
- telling significant stories about your collection and community (Significance 2.0)
- digitisation of collections
- audience engagement and sharing collections.
The program is tailored around industry standards for collections management and best practice in digitisation. The training is designed to prepare organisations with the policies, procedures and skills required to use the online collections platform, Collections WA.
The program includes:
- 2 x two-day workshops
- a minimum of four telephone or video conference calls with AMaGA Western Australia staff
- self evaluation surveys and practical activities to be completed within your organisation.
The next round of Open the Doors will be offered in the Goldfields region between August 2019 to January 2020.
Workshop 1 will be held at Kalgoorlie Town Hall on Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 September.
Workshop 2 will be held at the end of November at an appropriate location in the region (dates and location TBC)
How does the program work?
- Collecting organisations register for a six-month program of activities that includes face to face workshops and regular telephone catch ups with AMaGA Western Australia staff, as well as practical tasks to be completed.
- Organisations complete a self-assessment of their policies, procedures and activities. These are reviewed by AMaGA Western Australia and together we will discuss what is working well and develop a forward plan for any improvements.
- Representatives from the collecting organisations attend workshops that provide theoretical knowledge and practical skills that can be directly applied by the organisations.
- Organisations receive regular support and guidance from AMaGA Western Australia staff to ensure ongoing development and progress.
Who can participate?
All regional collecting organisations are encouraged to participate – this includes museums, historical societies, cultural keeping places, public art galleries, libraries, archives, language centres, RSLs, private collectors and schools.
If you are not sure if this is relevant to you, please contact AMaGA Western Australia to discuss.
The six month Open the Doors program has been subsidised by the Western Australian State Government. The costs for participating are:
- AMaGA Members – $160 per organisation
- Non-Members – $200 per organisation
This includes up to two attendees at each face-to-face workshop, a minimum of 4 telephone or video calls, 2 x two-day workshops in your region, extensive resources, and tailored support for your organisation.
Why should you participate?
Your organisation will benefit from:
- Practical tools, knowledge and skills to enhance the professional practice within your organisation
- An understanding of and ability to engage with the digital collections platform, Collections WA
- Strengthened networks with other organisations in your region
- A valuable self-review of your organisation
- Extensive resources and support from industry professionals
- The opportunity and encouragement to develop a plan for the future of your organisation.
Want to know more? Send us an email or call the office on 9431 8462.
This program has been developed by AMaGA Western Australia and Western Australian Museum with support from the Western Australia State Government. Thank you to the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder for the generous donation of their event space for our workshops.
Australian Museums and Galleries Association Western Australia[email protected] A-Shed, Victoria Quay Drive, Fremantle