Black History Month Events Across Ontario

Jan 20, 2022
This issue of ONmuseums is brought to you by: Lucidea
Need to Know
OMA Recommendations to
Ontario's Budget 2022

The Ontario Museum Association has prepared a Submission to Ontario's 2022 Budget. The OMA makes three recommendations for targeted provincial support, so that museums can recover and strengthen their service to communities across Ontario. The OMA's recommendations are:
  1. An Ontario Museum Relief Fund, valued at $10 Million, in immediate response to the impacts of COVID-19—to support museums’ survival during periods of closures
  2. A Digital Response Fund, valued at $10 Million over three years
  3. Increased support for community museums by $10 Million per year to reach 300 communities across the province—towards stabilizing operations and local recovery

The OMA has maintained consistent messaging since the start of the pandemic--emphasizing the need for targeted provincial support so museums can survive the current wave of closures to participate in the province’s economic and social recovery.

Read the OMA's Budget Submission HERE.

Call to Action

Recommend Support for Museums in
Ontario's 2022 Budget

Members can support the OMA's Recommendations by:

Engaging your MPP
OTF announces grant application
deadlines for 2022-23
Ontario Trillium Foundation

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) has published application deadlines for grant streams available in 2022-2023. OTF will be offering Resilient Communities Fund, Capital grants, and others, to support non-profits, Municipalities, Indigenous communities, and grassroots groups as they rebuild capacity and meet the needs of their communities.

Resilient Communities Fund

  • Application Deadline 1: April 6, 2022, at 5 PM ET
    • Organizations can start to apply on March 9, 2022 
  • Application Deadline 2: December 7, 2022, at 5 PM ET

Read more about the Resilient Communities Fund grants HERE.

Capital Grant

  • Application deadline: August 3, 2022, at 5 PM ET 

Read more about Capital grants HERE.

Read the full News Release HERE

Applications Now Open for
Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program
Ministry of Finance

Eligible businesses required to close or reduce capacity due to the current public health measures put in place to blunt the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 can apply for the new Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program. Businesses will be required to submit proof of costs associated with property tax and energy bills as part of the application process.

Read the full News Release HERE
Visit the online application portal and find a full list of eligible businesses HERE

Canada Summer Jobs
Deadline: January 25, 2022

Canada Summer Jobs is a program under the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, which aims to provide flexible and holistic services to help all young Canadians develop the skills and gain paid work experience to successfully transition into the labour market. The program provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years.

The deadline for applications is January 25, 2022. 

Read more HERE
Find more funding opportunities on the OMA website HERE

Minister MacLeod to host a virtual
multi-sectoral technical briefing
Today, Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 1:00pm ET

Join Minister Lisa MacLeod on a virtual multi-sectoral technical briefing to discuss public health measures impacting Ontario's heritage, sport, tourism and culture industries.

A briefing on regulatory changes and their impacts on our sectors will be presented by Assistant Deputy Ministers and representatives from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Time: Thursday, January 20th, 2022 – 1:00 p.m.

A Zoom link will be sent to all attendees after registration.

Attendees will be able to ask questions via the Q&A function in the Zoom webinar.

Register HERE

OMA Professional Development
Webinar: From Living History
to Living the History
with Pickering Museum Village

Free Webinar
Tuesday, February 1, 2022
10:00am - 11:00am ET

The Pickering Museum Village has called itself a living history museum for many years. Lack of resources made the reality much different. An independent Master Site Use Study prompted a wake-up call in 2018. Beginning with a hard look at permanent exhibits, and what staff wanted the visitor experience to be, PMV staff began what they call a shift from living history to living the history. Two and half years and a pandemic later, Katrina Pyke and Ellen Tayles-Armstrong will share how it all started, where it is now, and what the next years look like. They will explore the need for museums to challenge the status quo and adapt to changing visitor expectations and patterns; how to shift a deeply rooted community museum culture; and how to accept that what the museum was doing in the past isn’t working. 

Following the presentation, there will be a Q&A moderated by Wendy Rowney from Black Creek Pioneer Village.

Speakers: Katrina Pyke and Ellen Tayles-Armstrong

Register HERE
Upcoming OMA Dates
February 1, 10am: Free Webinar "From Living History to Living the History" (register HERE)
March 2: Registration Opens - CMS: Museums in Historic Buildings (Facilities Management)
Other PD Opportunities
Digitizing 3D Collections for Museums
Museum Learning Hub

Image Based Approaches to Documenting 3D Collections

Free Webinar
Thursday, January 20, 2022
2:00pm ET

This session will provide an overview of photography based approaches to documenting, sharing, and digitally archiving 3D collections.  Examples of different techniques including Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and photogrammetry will be presented. The session will include a discussion on needed equipment, basics of image capture, and an approach to metadata and archiving for photography based documentation.

Presenters: Carla Schroer and Marlin Lum, Cultural Heritage Imaging, San Francisco, California

Registration for this event has closed, but will be streamed live HERE.
Read more HERE

Data Applications in Cultural Heritage

Free Webinar
Thursday, January 27, 2022
2:00pm ET

This webinar will review projects that cover a broad range of Cultural Heritage applications for 3D data. 3D Digitization offers a myriad of uses and technical choices. While there are no easy one-size-fits–all-solutions, the technology is only getting better and more accessible. Your use of “3D” should be driven by your organization’s goals, not by the technology itself. This presentation will help clarify when and how 3D can help.

Presenters: Harry Abramson, Direct Dimensions, Owings Mills, Maryland

Read more and register HERE

Webinar: Examples & Blueprints to Sell Out
Your Next Fundraiser Event
Charity Village
Free Webinar
Thursday, January 27, 2022
1:00pm ET

Not every organization is going to have success using the same strategies–which is why this session won't preach that they have the be-all, end-all of event marketing advice. Instead, they will provide you with tactics and guides to improve your current strategies and results, and show you how to determine what is working for your specific donors, your specific event, and your specific organization.  

This session is delivered through specific tactics, clear how-tos, and real life examples. It will answer questions like: What if I don’t have a big email list or social media following? How can I learn what worked and what to put more effort towards when marketing my next event? You’ll leave with actionable takeaways to implement immediately and examples from other successful organizations to use a blueprint. 

Speaker: Rebecca Alfred

Read more and register HERE
Webinar: Rethinking Risk Management for Nonprofit Organizations 2022
Pillar Nonprofit Network

Wednesday, February 23, 2022
1:00pm - 3:30pm ET

In this fast-paced webinar, Omer Livvarcin and Rick Nason, co-authors of the book “Risk Management for Non-Profit Organizations” (published by Business Expert Press) will discuss the key principles of effective risk management that are specific to the nonprofit organizations. In particular they will introduce several new paradigms and frameworks for assessing risk and implementing risk management practices. Topics covered will be of interest to all levels of decision makers from board members to volunteer managers who need to implement risk management practices.

Read more and register HERE

Online Program: Introductory Establishing Indigenous Institutions of Governance
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Online Program
Registration Deadline: February 15, 2022
Program Dates: March 8 - March 11, 2022

During this period of rights recognition, Indigenous peoples are implementing self-government as an exercise of self-determination. Establishing strong and appropriate institutions of governance is an essential part of self-government. Nations that establish effective and culturally appropriate institutions are politically and economically more powerful and better equipped to take action to improve the lives of their citizens. There are lessons to be learned from the experiences of Nations that are actively rebuilding and new tools being developed to support nation rebuilding.  In this program, participants will be shown practical ways to help rebuild their own Indigenous institutions of governance based on real world, on the ground experience. 

Read more HERE.
Online Program: Introductory Wise Practices in
Indigenous Leadership
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Online Program
Registration Deadline: March 1, 2022
Program Dates: March 22 - March 25, 2022

This program renews our relationship with wise practices at this time of great change for humanity. We will activate community wisdom through case studies from our local and global interspace, deepen critical skills, reawaken gifts, and re-envision what leaders need to thrive while living wholistically into responsibilities, inherent wellbeing, and abundance. The program will move from theory and practice into action with the guidance of Elders, land-based learning, hands-on case studies, culture, arts, and community dialogue.   

Read more HERE.
Doris Duke Native American Oral History Revitalization Project
Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums

Virtual Workshop
April 5 - 6, 2022
1:00pm - 5:00pm ET

From 1966-1972, philanthropist Doris Duke sponsored an oral history project that resulted in the world's largest and most significant compilation of 20th century Native American first-person narratives. The 6,000 recordings, transcripts, and related materials are housed in the collections of seven University repositories throughout the United States. Over the past year, the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums has partnered with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the seven repositories to revitalize the collections.

This virtual convening will introduce you to the collections, celebrate the launch of the Doris Duke Native Oral History Project web portal, and engage participants in collectively envisioning the future of oral history in Native Communities. Attendees will learn about the collections, review the role of Community Curators, receive an introduction to the Doris Duke Native American Oral History web portal, and a demonstration of the Mukurtu content management program.

Register HERE. Attendance is limited. 

Open Source Databases in Canadian Museums - Needs Assessment
Canadian Heritage Information Network
The Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) is seeking information regarding the use of open-source databases in Canadian museums. This includes an analysis of existing systems used and satisfaction rates, with the hopes of identifying opportunities for partnership and support on a national scale. 
As CHIN seeks to strengthen its leadership in collections information management, it recognizes the opportunity to partner with and support museums in new ways. In order to identify next steps, please complete this brief needs assessment on database use, satisfaction rates, needs and interests. Responses should be limited to one per organization. Internal consultations are encouraged to ensure accuracy.
Complete the Assessment
Survey: Legal Workshops of Interest
to Nonprofits
Community Legal Education Ontario

Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) is conducting research into the legal needs of nonprofits in Ontario. The way they are doing this research is by asking groups of nonprofits, like the OMA, about what area of law would be most useful for them to learn about. Based on the results, CLEO will deliver one or more legal information sessions in that area between January and April.

Please respond to this survey to share what area of nonprofit law you would like to learn more about. Please respond by January 26, 2022.
Complete the Survey
Call For Abstracts: 
Invisible & Under-Represented? Disability History, Objects & Heritage
Deadline: January 21, 2022

This UK-based and student-led conference, taking place online on March 22-23, 2022, seeks to highlight the work of researchers who are investigating object-based histories of disability and/or the place of disability and disabled people in museums, archives and heritage institutions. The experiences and histories of disabled people, like other marginalised groups, are often absent from the museum or archive. However, due to disabled people’s unique relation to the material world (Ott, 2018), objects can be drawn upon by the heritage industry to bring disabled people and their narratives into the public consciousness.

They welcome abstracts and expressions of interest from all who would like to take part in this conference as a speaker.

Read more HERE.
Black History Speaker Series:
Exploring Black History in Essex County
Niagara Parks

Wednesday, January 26, 2022
7:00pm ET

Gain a new perspective on the rich heritage of Black communities and individuals in Essex County during the eras of slavery, abolitionism and the Underground Railroad. Discover key contributions of notable Black Canadians and their individual and collective efforts to resist injustice. Commonly held myths regarding Black history in the region will also be dispelled in this session alongside historian Irene Moore Davis.

This event is part of the Black History Speaker Series where you can discover three different perspectives on Black history and culture in Canada. This inspiring series will explore the power of the Black community in Niagara.

Read more and register HERE

2022 Windsor-Essex County Joint
Black History Month Kick-Off
Amherstburg Freedom Museum
Free Online Event
Friday, January 28, 2022
7:00pm - 9:00pm ET

This free virtual event features local Black history highlights, the release of the 2022 Windsor-Essex Black History Month Activity Schedule, music and poetry. This year's focus is on historic Black women of excellence. Co-hosted by the Essex County Black Historical Research Society, Amherstburg Freedom Museum, Windsor West Indian Association, and Black Women of Forward Action.

Read more and register HERE
2022 OBHS Black History Month Kick-Off
Ontario Black History Society
Online Event
Sunday, January 30, 2022
4:00pm - 5:30pm ET

Join the Ontario Black History Society, in partnership with lead sponsor TD Bank, in their 34th annual Black History Month Kick-Off to recognize the histories and achievements of Black Canadians and fund raise for their organization. The theme this year is "Home."

Partake in an exciting programme and enjoy a delectable dinner prepared and delivered by Chef Selwyn Richards (please note: delivery restrictions apply). 

Read more and register HERE
The Daily Grind:
Records of Freedom Seekers in St. Catharines
St. Catharines Museum

Tuesday, February 1, 2022
7:00pm ET

On December 26, 1858, Jacob Blockson wrote a short message from his new home in St. Catharines to his wife still living in the United States. With five lines he describes the important parts of his new life in Canada. The importance of the daily experience that he was free to build was not lost on Jacob or his fellow Freedom Seekers. This lecture will examine the daily life of Freedom Seekers as they settled into their new home in St. Catharines. Presented by Public Programmer Abbey Stansfield.

This webinar is part of the Virtual Museum Lecture Series.

Read more and register HERE

ICOM‐Canada Travel Bursary
International Council of Museums Canada

Prague will welcome the 26th ICOM General Conference in the week of 20–28 August 2022. Museum professionals from around the world will put forward the topics and set the direction of the museum sector for at least the next three years. The theme of this year's conference is "the power of museums". 

To help emergent museum professionals in building networks and lasting connections, ICOM Canada provides an annual Travel Bursary to support the participation of a graduate student or an emergent museum professional (with less than 5 years of work experience) to the annual ICOM conference or to any meeting of ICOM’s international committees. 

ICOM‐Canada will provide up to $1,500 to cover costs related to conference registration, travel, accommodation, and local transportation, as well as a per diem allowance for meals. It is expected that applicants will seek additional funding through their university or employer. The bursary will be awarded by an adjudication committee formed by the board of ICOM Canada.

The award can be used to cover costs for either virtual or physical attendance. 

The application deadline is March 15, 2022.

Download the Information Package HERE
Read more about the conference HERE

Get your training funded by CMA Bursaries
Canadian Museums Association

Is there a conference, webinar or presentation you’d really like to attend, but the price tag is just too steep? Have you found a short-term class that would really boost your skillset? The CMA bursary program is a great way to get financial support for your professional development and can cover up to $1,500 in costs.

Until March 31, 2022, access to this program will be more flexible. Events shorter than one full day are now eligible and the number of recipients that can receive funding for an event has increased (was previously limited to five). 

Read more HERE

Even More PD Opportunities!

February 15, 2022: Beyond Building Digital Bridges: Opening Session. Read more HERE.

February 17, 2022: Wellington County: Black Heritage Reclaimed. Read more HERE.

February 25, 2022: Fourth Friday: Verese Vassell-Bowen. Read more HERE.
Support Ontario’s Museums: Donate Now!
As museums across Ontario face the challenges of reopening safely and renewing relationships with your communities, the OMA is here for you. The OMA successfully advocated for federal emergency support funding through the Museums Assistance Program, the early and streamlined release of Community Museum Operating Grant (CMOG) funds in 2020 and 2021, and for an additional $2 million to support digital activities during pandemic closures. Your support, participation, and membership make our work possible.

Representing the interests of over 700 museums, galleries, and heritage sites across the province, the OMA offers regular webinars and professional development opportunities and resources for pandemic recovery. An OMA membership connects you with our network of over 1000 members, provides you with the tools and resources that support your professional practice, and keeps you informed of breaking news about funding opportunities and policy changes via the ONmuseums weekly newsletter and timely eNews alerts.

If you are already an OMA member, thank you! Please renew your membership when you receive an email reminder.

If you are not yet a member, please consider an individual, institutional, or commercial membership for yourself, your colleagues, or your institution. You can find information about member categories and benefits on our website.

You can make a donation to the OMA on our website or through Canada Helps. Every contribution adds to the collective strength of our sector. You can help us build a more resilient museum sector. Thank you for your support!
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As an organization of provincial scope, the Ontario Museum Association recognizes that its members and community live and work on the lands and territories of Indigenous peoples. Toronto, where the OMA offices are located, is the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, Haudenosaunee and the Huron Wendat. We wish to express our gratitude for the resources we are using and pay respect to the rich and ongoing Indigenous history of what is now Ontario and Canada.
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