Meaghan Patterson has been the Executive Director / CEO of the Alberta Museums Association (AMA) since 2014 and has overseen the several innovative projects including the Museum Flood Funding Program and the AMA’s sustainability and climate change initiatives. Meaghan holds an MA in Russian History and was part of Banff Centre’s inaugural Cultural Leadership Program. Her work focusses on creating opportunities for museums of all types to thrive and to challenge traditional ways of thinking. She is passionate about the role museums can play in society and the importance of building capacity for long-term sustainability and positive change in communities.



Museums as Catalysts for Climate Action

This workshop addresses the role museums play in communities and how they are positioned to champion climate issues through the use of case studies and short, original films, an emphasis on the importance of organizational strategy, and facilitated problem solving. Participants will learn about the shifting role of museums, and will spend time with museum professionals who have been working on climate change programming and exhibitions, as well as shifts in organizational infrastructure. Participants will share their wicked problems or big ideas about climate action and museum professionals will facilitate group discussions that help provide tools to encourage partnerships with museums as a way to reach new audiences and approaches.

This workshop is co-hosted by Jennifer Forsyth, Advancement Lead for the Alberta Museums Association.


Look for this workshop in the Thursday Morning program at 10:45 am.  If you haven’t already, get your tickets to the 2019 Environmental Gathering!


Explore this environmental solution through the lens of these United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

Alberta Ecotrust 2019 Environmental Gathering United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 13 Climate Action

Alberta Ecotrust 2019 Environmental Gathering United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 17 Partnerships for Goals