Keynotes at the 2019 OMA Annual Conference

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Keynote Speakers:

Rick Hill

Rick Hill will speak about a different type of Network - a connection to ancestral knowledge- in which the wisdom of the past can be understood through ongoing cultural practice, Museum collections, oral tradition and academic scholarship. 

Mr. Hill started working in museums in 1973 and has had a life-long addiction to helping museums tell Indigenous stories more accurately, more effectively, and more creatively. He started as a research assistant at the Buffalo and Erie County History Society in Buffalo, NY and ended as the Assistant Director for Public Programs at the National Museum of the American Indian of the Smithsonian Institution of Washington, DC. Along the way, Mr. Hill worked at Indigenous cultural centres, including the Native-American Centre for the Living Arts, Niagara Falls, NY; and the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, NM. He has been the visiting curator of numerous exhibitions in museums in the United States and Canada. Currently he is working on an exhibition of contemporary Indigenous art for the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Rick Hill is a member of the Beaver Clan of the Tuscarora Nation, residing at the Grand River Territory of the Haudenosaunee. 

Thanh Sinden, Museum Detox

Thanh Sinden is an independent museum consultant, and a board member of the Museum Detox steering group, where she champions fair representation and inclusion of BAME cultural, intellectual and creative contributions of past and present. At the OMA Conference 2019, Thanh will share some thoughts on her journey, where her impact has been, and where she continues to look to make change.


Alberto Garlandini, International Council of Museums

Alberto Garlandini is Vice President of the International Council of Museums (ICOM). Garlandini is a member of the ICOM Committee for Museum Definition, Prospects and Potentials, and previously served as president of the Italian National Committee of ICOM. At the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he was a member of the National Commission for the promotion of Italian culture abroad, and was president of Lombardy's Film Commission Foundation. He has published over 180 books, essays, and articles on the topic of museums and cultural heritage in Italian, English, and French. 

Alberto Garlandini will speak about international networks, ICOM and how 'Museums have no borders, they have a network.'