OMA Conference 2019 - Call for Proposals


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OMA Annual Conference 2019 - Call for Proposals

In Collaboration with the Brant Museums & Galleries Association
Hosted by Brantford, County of Brant, and Six Nations of the Grand River

Brantford, ON, October 23-25, 2019

The Ontario Museum Association (OMA) Annual Conference supports the goals outlined in its Ontario Museums 2025: Strategic Vision and Action Plan to create:

  • Vibrant and Vital Museums
  • Relevant and Meaningful Collections
  • A Strong and Successful Sector
  • An Effective and Collaborative Workforce.

The conference will further the goals of the OMA Strategic Plan, Towards 2025.  The Conference also serves to strengthen the museum and heritage sector by providing:

  • professional development and learning opportunities,
  • information and inspiration to museums and museum professionals,
  • and bringing the sector together in meaningful and productive discussions.

Building on the 2018 Conference theme of Collaborating for Impact: Not Business as Usual, the 2019 theme of Networks considers how collaborating broadly and in coordination with a network helps museums to realize their full potential.  While collaborations are often thought of as two or more partners working together towards a specific project or goal, activating and engaging a network opens up countless new possibilities.

Networks eschew many of the characteristics of organizations that are the foundation of many modern workplaces: formal structure, top-down decision making and a focus on planning and goals. Instead, networks have a shared leadership, encourage healthy discussion and disagreement, and embrace different opinions as a natural part of their structure. A focus on innovation, experimentation and learning allows networks to invite a diversity of perspectives and encourages peers to share responsibility, take initiative, and act.  Networks serve to connect stakeholders with each other and with experts on issues to develop a strategy, respond to a rapidly changing landscape, and successfully drive change.[1]

Networks allow museums to engage with a variety of institutions and people who might not otherwise be engaged, reaching new audiences, creating new champions, and finding solutions.

To read the full Call for Proposals, including questions to consider, CLICK HERE

To provide suggestions to the Program Committee, CLICK HERE

[1] This description of networks draws from the Ontario Nonprofit Network’s (ONN) document, Networks + Action


Proposals are due by 11:59pm on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.  Session organizers will be contacted by the end of May 2019.