Museum and Gallery Resources

Aboriginal Curatorial Collective

The Aboriginal Curatorial Collective / Collectif des Conservateurs Authochtone (ACC/CCA) supports, promotes and advocates on behalf of the work of Aboriginal art and cultural curators and associated Aboriginal cultural workers in Canada and internationally.

American Association of Museums

The mission of this not-for-profit Association is to represent the museum community, address its needs, and enhance its ability to serve the public.

Art Gallery of Ontario

Association of Art Museum Directors

The purpose of the Association of Art Museum Directors is to support its members in increasing the contribution of art museums to society. The AAMD accomplishes this mission by establishing and maintaining the highest standards of professional practice; serving as forum for the exchange of information and ideas; acting as an advocate for its member art museums; and being a leader in shaping public discourse about the arts community and the role of art in society.

Canadian Conference of the Arts

The CCA is the national forum for the arts and cultural community in Canada. Artists are at the heart of the CCA. We understand and respect their fundamental role in building and maintaining a creative, dynamic, and civil society. Since 1945, we have been working to ensure that artists can contribute freely and fully to Canadian society. For more than half a century, we have been a repository for Canadian cultural history and collective memory. The CCA is leader, advocating on behalf of artists in Canada to defend their rights, articulate their needs, and celebrate their accomplishments. The CCA is an authority, providing research, analysis and consultation on public policy in arts and culture, in Canada and around the world. The CCA is a catalyst, fostering informed debate and collective action within the arts and cultural
community and the creative industries in Canada. The year 2005 will mark the CCA's 60th anniversary — six decades of working to ensure that artists are valued for the essential role they play, and the fundamental contribution they make to a creative, dynamic, and civil society.

Canadian Museums Association

The Canadian Museums Association is the national organization for the
advancement of the Canadian museum community. We unite, represent and serve museums and museum workers across Canada. We work passionately for the recognition, growth and stability of our sector. The Canadian Museum Association was established by a small group of people in Quebec City in 1947. Today, it has nearly 2,000 members. Our members are non-profit museums, art galleries, science centres, aquaria, archives, sports halls of fame, artist-run centres, zoos and historic sites across Canada. They range from large metropolitan galleries to small community museums. All are dedicated to preserving and presenting our cultural heritage to the public. Our members are
also the people who work in and care about our museum. They include
professionals, volunteers, students, trustees and interested friends. Our membership also includes foreign museum professionals as well as a growing list of corporations that support museums and the CMA.

International Council of Museums

The International Council of Museums (ICOM) is an international organisation of museums and museum professionals which is committed to the conservation, continuation and communication to society of the world's natural and cultural heritage, present and future, tangible and intangible. Created in 1946, ICOM is a non-governmental organisation maintaining formal relations with UNESCO and having a consultative status with the United Nations' Economic and Social Council. As a non-profit organisation, ICOM is financed primarily by membership fees and supported by various governmental and other bodies. It carries out part
of UNESCO's programme for museums. Based in Paris (France), the ICOM
Headquarters houses both the ICOM Secretariat and the UNESCO-ICOM Museum Information Centre.

National Museum of the American Indian

The National Museum of the American Indian shall recognize and affirm to Native communities and the non-Native public the historical and contemporary culture and cultural achievements of the Natives of the Western Hemisphere by advancing-in consultation, collaboration, and cooperation with Natives-knowledge and understanding of Native cultures, including art, history, and language, and by recognizing the museum's special responsibility, through innovative public programming, research and collections, to protect, support, and enhance the development, maintenance, and perpetuation of Native culture and community.