OMA Conference 2018 - Call for Proposals


2018 OMA Annual Conference – Call for Proposals

Hosted by TMN – Toronto Museum Network

October 24 - 26, 2018

Collaborating for Impact: Not Business as Usual

In Workforce, Collections, Audiences


Collaborating for Impact examines the idea that museums can more effectively and efficiently serve the public through the establishment of dynamic and innovative partnerships with a variety of different actors both within and outside of the sector, including but not limited to; government, other cultural institutions, education, individuals, and non-profits. Building on different examples of successful (or failed!) sectoral and non-sectoral models, Collaborating for Impact looks at the connections museums form in their communities and serves to provide a fresh approach to the role of museums in contemporary society. Successful proposals will highlight best practices, lessons learned and innovative approaches to collaboration, which enhance the impact of museums and of the sector generally.

We invite proposals that will offer case studies, different perspectives and reflections within one of three streams – Workforce, Collections, and Audiences:


Workforce Sector Collaborations


  • Health and Well-being
  • Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, strategies
  • Flexible work arrangements, job-sharing
  • Cultural competency


Collection Collaborations


  • Post-secondary institutions
  • For care and conservation
  • Inter-agency collaboration, corporate collections
  • Unique types of museum collections


Audience Collaborations


  • Effective collaborations and evaluating their sustainability
  • Museums engaging in unique, unconventional partnerships
  • Special events and museum visitors
  • Performance, Theatre and other Arts
  • Sector to Sector i.e. Technology

Building on the primary conference theme, we welcome proposals for sessions that address all areas of museum work and that explore new and exciting aspects of the field.

Proposals are encouraged from people who identify with groups underrepresented in the museum community including but not limited to: Indigenous, Francophone, LGBTTIQQ2SA, racialized communities, persons with disabilities, persons who are d/Deaf, blind or low vision, Refugees, new Canadians, and/or persons living before the poverty threshold who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Individuals or organizations who would like to present at the Conference are invited to submit proposals and related materials by completing this form by March 9th, 2018.

The title of your session to be used in the Conference Program.
If this is a group session, please name the main contact for the group.
Email address for the main contact.
Please list all presenters and include their email addresses, telephone, institution, and mailing address.
Session descriptions: Themed Presentation / Panel Discussion: Sessions present various dimensions of a project or perspectives on an issue. Focused discussion: For work that is best discussed or debated, rather than reported on through a formal presentation, these sessions provide a forum for an extended “roundtable” conversation between an author and a small group of interested colleagues. Workshop / Interactive Session: Workshop sessions involve extensive interaction between presenters and participants around an idea or hands-on experience of a practice. These sessions may also take the form of a crafted panel, staged conversation, dialogue or debate – all involving substantial interaction with the audience. Ignite: 5 minutes and 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds. An exciting presentation format that allows anyone to speak about their professional passion. NEW THIS YEAR, Institutional Sessions: Want to showcase your collaboration or get one going with delegates? Invite delegates to your museum, historic house, art gallery, library etc. for a workshop, discussion, maker-space, or other kind of session. We’re looking for your creative ideas and approaches! For more information on this category, please contact the OMA by phone: 416 348-8672, or email:
If you selected "Other" in Session Type, please explain.
Please check the stream that best corresponds with your session
Describe the focus and intent of the proposal, relationship to theme, and overall objectives you wish to acheive.
Please include an 80 word description of your session for use in the conference program if selected.
Please describe how the audience will be involved and what opportunities they will have to participate in your session.
Please describe your idea room layout (ie. seating in rows or in groups around tables). The OMA will do our best to accommodate.
Additional support materials may be submitted here, or send via email to
Please provide a Presenter Biography for each presenter: an 80 word (maximum) short biography and headshot (in JPEG or PNG format) for the conference program and promotions.
images must be in .gif .jpg .png or .tif format
images must be in .gif .jpg .png or .tif format
images must be in .gif .jpg .png or .tif format
images must be in .gif .jpg .png or .tif format
At least one author of the proposal must register for the conference by July 1, 2018. If no author of the proposal has registered for the conference by this date, the proposed presentation will be removed from the conference program. Successful proposals will be notified in or before May, 2018.
Terms and conditions found can be found HERE.