There are four standing committees, Advocacy, Collections Issues, Legal Affairs and Professional Development. To view and discuss issues of concern to these committees, please visit the CAMDO Forum area here: http://camdo.ca/forum/viewforum.php?f=8
Read more about each committee below.
The Advocacy Committee is standing committee of the Board of Directors, is chaired by a member of the Board and open to participation by CAMDO members. The Committee meets quarterly in person or by teleconference and reports to the members at the Annual General Meeting.
Mandate: The Advocacy Committee…
- seeks to improve recognition of the professional expertise of art museum directors
- provides art museum directors and other policy makers with opportunities to engage in informed and collegial communications around issues pertinent to art museums
- formulates strategies for CAMDO’s ambassadorial role for the visual arts
- seeks to improve the position of art museums among stakeholders
- promotes wider appreciation of visual art among audiences and the public
- proactively liaises with agencies and departments on relevant issues
- responds to government initiatives
- promotes intergovernmental symbiosis in matters affecting the visual arts and art museums, and
- advocates for government support for the arts
- Advocacy Committee parameters
- Advocacy Committee Nov09 background
- Advocacy Committee Jun09 Notes.pdf
The Collections Issues committee…
- researches issues and practices related to collecting and collections in art museums;
- considers both the intellectual context and physical care of collections;
- establishes best practices guidelines on aspects of collecting and collections care; and
- provides a forum for discussing collecting as a core function of art museums.
The Legal Affairs Committee is responsible for the bylaws and policies of the organization and the various guidelines that serve the membership.
The Ethics and Professional Practice Guideline (along with the Deaccessioning Guideline, added in 2007) are the foundation of CAMDO membership. Other guidelines and policies include:
- Guidelines for the Approval of Honorary Members (2001)
- CAMDO Policy on Intervention in Museum Director Disputes (2007)
- CAMDO Committee Guidelines/Procedures
Potential Future Guidelines
- Best practices for the management of collections held in public trust
- Guidelines for the investigation and handling of Holocaust-era Cultural Property
- Guide to copyright, the exhibition right and contractual relations with artists
The Professional Development committee…
- facilitates in-depth, idea-based and philosophical discussions of current considerations
- and trends with international, national, and regional scopes;
- advises on the development of practical initiatives that enhance the capabilities and understanding of art
- museum directors in dealing with issues related to the profession;
- conducts and disseminates research; and
- advises on content-development for the member meetings.
At the Fall 2009 meeting, the Professional Development Committee discussed a members profile survey; the needs for on-going educational initiatives, and scheduling of the 2010 meetings.
- Background information provided to the Committee Nov09 (English only)
- Notes from the Fall 2009 PD Committee meeting (English only)
- Draft Member Profile Survey [pending]
- Podcast – Educating Museum Leaders – consultation by University of Toronto, Faculty of Museum Studies at CMA 2009 Conference
- PD Committee Minutes October 2008
- PD Committee parameters