BC Museums Association and Tourism Prince George are pleased to announce that BC’s only provincial conference for museum, gallery, arts and cultural professionals is coming to Prince George this year! BCMA Conference 2019 will take place from September 30 to October 2 at the Courtyard by Marriott, Two Rivers Gallery, and The Exploration Place.

A passionate local committee came together to create a proposal to host the event, which hasn’t been in Prince George since 2006, and with the support of Tourism Prince George, won the bid. The BCMA Council was hosted for a site visit in June by the local committee and was very impressed by the city. Carolyn Holmes, Executive Director of the Two Rivers Gallery, led the bid committee. “The BCMA were thoroughly impressed by the organizations in PG, the sense of community, and how closely we all work together,” said Holmes. “They’ll spread the word about the strength and culture in Prince George and convince others to come for the conference in the fall.”

“The BCMA Annual Conference will bring over 150 delegates to Prince George,” says Tourism Prince George CEO, Erica Hummel. “Meetings and conventions create significant economic impact for the city, and we work hard to support local partners interested in bringing more events like this to town.” Visitors will have the opportunity to experience social events at the Two Rivers Gallery and The Exploration Place and the local committee is excited to share the rich culture that exists in Prince George, including that of Indigenous peoples.

The 2019 Conference will be held on the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, whose name in the Dakelh language means “people of the confluence of two rivers”, and will celebrate the role museums play in connecting people through language and story with this year’s theme, Spoken Words, Shared Stories. The theme acknowledges the importance of the International Year of Indigenous Languages, explores how museums can become involved in language revitalization, and allows for discussion on how our organizations use stories to communicate, educate, and encourage social interactions.

If you have any questions about Conference 2019, please contact the BC Museums Association at 250-356-5700 or email info@museumsassn.bc.ca.

About Tourism Prince George: Tourism Prince George (TPG) is a not-for-profit society created in January 2010 that is governed by tourism industry stakeholders through an appointed Board of Directors. A stakeholder model has been adopted by the Tourism Prince George Board of Directors meaning that all tourism businesses and organizations in the Prince George region are automatically stakeholders without paying a membership fee.

About the BC Museums Association: Founded in 1957, the British Columbia Museums Association (BCMA) creates a bright future for British Columbia’s museum, gallery, and related heritage communities through networking, advocacy, innovation, and professional development. It delivers programs and services to the benefit of its members and the sector at large, acting as the cultural and heritage information hub for British Columbia while providing a unified voice for the institutions, trustees, professional staff and volunteers.

Media Contacts:
Tourism Prince George
Leanne Schinkel
Manager, Communications & Industry Relations
Direct: 250-649-3207
Email: schinkel@tourismpg.com

BC Museums Association
Desiree Hall Communications & Program Assistant
Office: 250-356-5700
Email: bcma@museumsassn.bc.ca

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