OMA Conference 2018 - Call for Proposals


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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 Midnight March 12th, 2018.