Staff Profile Blog: Joan Kanigan
I joined the Museum of Ontario Archaeology as Executive Director in May of 2012. This was an exciting change for me as it allowed me to merge two of my passions – museums and archaeology. What excites me most about working at MOA is that I believe museums can profoundly change people, and that MOA has tremendous potential to inspire the archaeologist in everyone. Museums are great for unleashing our natural curiosity, expand our understanding, and, broaden our sense of place in the world. What makes MOA unique is the connection the museum has to past human experiences. I believe museums connect people through shared experiences, and through archaeology, we can connect with the countless generations that have come before us.
Since joining the MOA team, the museum has seen many changes. With input from many community members, we redeveloped our mission statement to clearly articulate our “why” what we do is important. We have also created a new logo to support our belief that archaeology is (first and foremost) about people and that the role of the museum is also (first and foremost) to serve people. We will soon start planning for a complete redesign of the museum’s permanent exhibits and I am looking forward to involving the community throughout the planning and design phases. Read more