OMA Conference 2019 - Call for Proposals

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 Friday, March 1, 2019.  Session organizers will be contacted by the end of May 2019. 


The title of your session to be used in the Conference Program.
Session organizers are responsible for organizing the session and relaying session information. The OMA maintains contact only with the session organizer, who is responsible for relaying information about scheduling and setup information, and for ensuring that session presenters are aware of deadlines to complete the speaker agreement and register.
Include: -main issues or topics to be addressed -focus and intent of the proposal -relationship to the theme (Networks) -objectives you wish to achieve proposed approach to engage the audience (e.g. roundtable discussion, interactive activity) Please note: all sessions except for Ignites will include a question and answer portion unless otherwise specified -how the session reflects issues of diversity, equity, accessibility, or inclusion other information that the reviewers may find of interest
A two sentence description that provides a succinct description of the session. This description will appear on the OMA website, mobile app, and other published conference materials. The Program Committee and OMA reserve the right to edit approved session descriptions.
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