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CONCURRENT SESSION: Various Other Duties: Adventures in Small Museum Management

  • THEMUSEUM 10 King Street West Kitchener, ON, N2G 1A3 Canada (map)

Grant writing, children’s programs, meetings with community partners, accession processing, website development, cleaning and that’s just before lunch – wait, what lunch? In the arts and culture sector, it’s common to aspire to work for big name institutions with wide brand recognition, but there is huge value to be found in the culture of small organizations as a way to learn and hone your craft, because you do literally have to do it all or find creative ways to get things done, often on a shoestring budget. This session will advocate for small museum work as a way to further your career and take a light-hearted look at the variety of tasks involved, as well as exploring lessons learned along the way. Do you/have you worked in a small museum or arts and culture organization? We’d love it if you’d consider being a part of our panel! To find out more, please contact Kate at

Session Speaker: Kate Butler, Director, Haliburton Highlands Museum

BIO: Kate has been Director of the Haliburton Highlands Museum since 2013. Prior to that, she worked in a variety of roles in the heritage sector in both Ireland and across Canada. A folklorist by trade, she has taught at both Memorial University in Newfoundland and Cape Breton University and has conducted fieldwork in countries from Jamaica to Morocco and beyond. Kate attended AltCon as a delegate in 2018.