WEBINAR RECORDING: Planning to Reopen Your Museum or Gallery – A Conversation
Posted On June 16, 2020
Monday, June 15, 2020, 10:00am
Presented in collaboration with the Ontario Museum Association (OMA)
As restrictions in Ontario begin to loosen, museums and galleries are beginning to look at the possibility of reopening. With many questions and uncertainties, institutions are looking for ways to proceed in a way that keeps everyone safe while making the community feel welcomed.
Join us in conversation with Stephen Borys, Director and CEO of the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Cheryl Blackman, Director of Museums and Heritage Services at the City of Toronto for sector perspectives on how you could implement reopening strategies at your institution.
Cheryl Blackman is the Director of Museums and Heritage Services with the City of Toronto where she is responsible for the ten city-owned and operated historical museums, the city collection of historical objects, archaeological specimens, moveable fine art and an extensive portfolio of heritage buildings.
Prior to joining the City of Toronto, Cheryl served as the Assistant Vice-President of Audience Development at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). Her responsibilities included managing the front of house, audience research, and acting as the Museum’s liaison to more than 1300 Volunteers. She established the ROM’s Community Access Network (ROMCAN) which she grew to more than 80 partnerships with community organizations.
Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), and is a Fellow of Inclusion and Philanthropy from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). She is the Chair of the Board at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery.
Stephen D. Borys is the Director & CEO of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and is leading the development of a national Inuit Art Centre, the first of its kind in the world. At the core of his directorship is the goal of advancing a meaningful dialogue with the public, and creating a welcoming forum where art and culture are at the forefront with audiences and stakeholders.
Dr. Borys is also an adjunct professor in the Cultural Studies department at the University of Winnipeg, and has held leadership and curatorial posts at the Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida; Allen Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. He holds an Executive MBA, a PhD in Art and Architectural History from McGill University, an MA in Art History from the University of Toronto, and a BA Honours from the University of Winnipeg.
Dr. Borys has organized numerous exhibitions, written accompanying catalogues and scholarly articles, and lectured across North America and internationally. He is a board director of the Canadian Museums Association, past board trustee of the Association of Art Museum Directors, and past president of the Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization.