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Anchor 7

Innovation and Leadership Practices in Collections Care

One-day workshop for art museum professionals

Susan Cohen
Shirley Madill
Olinda Casimiro

Monday, February 10, 2014

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, 101 Queen Street North, Kitchener

Developed and presented by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG)


This one-day workshop delved into applying intentional innovation and leadership practices to help collections managers to maximize their strengths in managing art museum collections on limited resources. We discussed how mentoring and coaching techniques can be used.


Workshop examined the following:


  • Techniques and methods used in mentoring programs, including the Arts Facilities Mentoring Network developed by ArtsBuild Ontario partnering with WorkinCulture.

  • How a professional coach can help a leader in the arts realize peak performance.

  • How the use of mentoring or coaching consultants can lead to increased organizational capacities in areas such as collections care.

  • Whether the public art gallery sector can create a mentor and coach "Bank" to enable new collections managers to find coaches and mentors to increase their skills and competencies, and enhance their organization's ability to meet art gallery and museum standards. She will also discuss her own experiences with mentoring and coaching related to collections care.


Museum Standards

Catherine Blackbourn - Museum & Heritage Advisor, Culture Programs Unit, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Simon Lambert - Preservation Development Advisor, Preservation Services, Canadian Conservation Institute


Art Gallery Care and Use of Collections

Olinda Casimiro, Director of Finance & Administration, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa

Heather Fullerton, Executive Director, Georgina Arts Centre and Gallery


Coaching for Peak Performance

Warren Garrett, Executive Director, CCI-Presenting Network

Dr. Greg Evans, The Happiness Institute


Designing a Successful Mentoring or Coaching Program

Susan Cohen, Program Director, Cultural Careers Council of Ontario

Pat Bradley, COMPASS Program Officer, Ontario Arts Council


Building a Voluntary Mentoring and Coaching Bank

Shirley Madill, Director, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery




OAAG gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage,

Museums Assistance Program, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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