Quinte Educational Museum & Archives
Policy - Community Standards
Preamble The Quinte Educational Museum and Archives (QEMA) strives to be a steward of history for Prince Edward County and Ontario. Meeting the Needs QEMA will provide services and programs consistent with its of the Community statement of purpose that meet the needs and interests of the community. QEMA will strive to meet all the intellectual needs of Prince Edward County and any other visitors to the museum. QEMA will exhibit objects from its own collection, from other public institutions, or from private sources, in order to satisfy the museums statement of purpose and to satisfy the needs and interests of the public. QEMA will also develop themes or storylines and research each object on display, in order to interpret for the visitor the history or unique character of the object. The themes, content and formats will be consistent with the museums statement of purpose and meet the needs and interests of the community. Public QEMA will allow all sectors of the community to participate in Participation decisions, goals and directions that may affect them or reflect them. This goal is achieved through committees, focus groups, public surveys, public open houses, and through partnerships with community groups, organizations, businesses and citizens at large. Include Members QEMA is committed to including members of the community in all of the Community activities. QEMA as a non-profit, educational establishment operates for the communityís betterment and is open to the public. As a museum QEMA makes its reserve collection and archives accessible to the public, and through QEMAís exhibits the museum is helping create a strong and proud community by celebrating Prince Edward Countyís heritage. As the Exhibition Policy states: Make accessible to the public the collections and collections-based research by featuring ideas, objects, and specimens for their social, aesthetic, or historical interest, and by implementing innovative interpretation strategies to reach more diverse audiences. As the Interpretation Policy states: * Encourage understanding of the natural and cultural heritage of Prince Edward County, Ontario, and Canada. * Increase public commitment and support by making QEMA an invaluable educational resource for the community. * Make QEMA accessible to a wide and diverse audience. * Enrich visitor experience and foster collections-based learning. Community QEMA will pursue appropriate community partnerships. The Board Partnerships of Directors will represent the interest of the people it serves, through public education and public policy advocacy. The Board will encourage its members, staff and volunteers to participate in the public affairs of the community. Adequate The Board will provide equality of access to information about the Promotion museumís collections, services and programs through adequate promotion. QEMA will allow sufficient time to effectively promote its exhibits and programs. The museum will budget money for publicity as required. The museum will strive to keep the public informed of its programs and exhibits. QEMA will also work with the school board to inform them of any exhibits or programs that are of interest and meet the needs of the school boards. Equal Access The Board of Directors is committed to providing equal access to all members of the community, both physically and intellectually, to the museumís collections information, services and programs. Date August 19, 2008 Approved Amended August 20, 2008 Policy Review Method Internal Report Responsibility QEMAís Board of Directors Minimum Frequency Every four years
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