Friday, 10 April 2015

Modelling What Works: Changing the World… One Community at a Time

How can museums actively engage with their community and work towards making real change? As integrated community institutions, museums are uniquely positioned to help create vibrant and sustainable communities through a focus on programs that affect real social and environmental change. What are the first steps in planning, maintaining, and strengthening these programs and relationships?


Join us Wednesday, May 13, 2015, as we investigate these questions through a one day workshop at Fort Calgary. As the recipient of the 2014 Robert R. Janes Award for Social Responsibility, Fort Calgary provides a successful model for engaging, maintaining, and increasing corporate sponsorship, and methods for connecting with and serving at risk communities. Participants will come away from this workshop with knowledge, plans, and enthusiasm to inform and encourage their own socially responsible work. 

Fort Calgary’s community vegetable garden was started in 2001 with funds from a Suncor Energy Foundation Millennium Grant. Cultivated by volunteers and part-time employees, the garden flourished, and now provides fresh, organic produce to many inner-city organizations, as well as valuable work experience to people with employment barriers.
Come prepared for a day of hands-on learning as Fort Calgary and their partners share their drivers for success, the planned and unplanned outcomes of the project, and explore how the community garden transformed the public’s perception of the Fort. Bring your work gloves, questions, and enthusiasm to lend a hand in the garden (weather permitting).

Registration is now open. Space is limited.


For further information on the workshop or the Robert R. Janes Award for Social Responsibility, please contact Lauren Wheeler, Program Lead, at awards@museums.ab.ca.