Diversity and Inclusion at the OMA

 

Overview

In 2016, the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) Annual Conference Towards the Future: Diversity and Inclusion presented the Ontario museum community with an opportunity to critically reflect on and discuss how best to create substantive and meaningful change leading to greater relevance of museums as institutions contributing to strong societies, economies, sense of well-being and belonging.
 
Informed by Ontario’s Museums 2025 and the need to “develop tools, strategies, and best practices for museums to increase capacity and effectiveness in addressing accessibility, diversity and inclusion,” and aligning with Ontario’s Culture Strategy, the OMA is working collaboratively on two (2) new projects to support our collective vision of a strong, collaborative and inclusive museum sector. Working collaboratively with the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) as the Museum Accessibility, Inclusion and Engagement Collaborative (MAIEC), these OMA projects will provide our museum membership with:
 
  • Access to an initial cohort of diverse emerging museum leaders with experience engaging with experimental ideas and innovative ways of working to address current challenges faced by museums and collecting institutions.
  • Training developed by the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion and delivered by webinar to support inclusive leadership and increase awareness around strategies for creating inclusion.
  • The results of a survey of Ontario’s museum workforce that establishes a demographic profile of museum workers, and a baseline of perspectives amongst these populations related to diversity and inclusion within the workplace.
  • Access to the Inclusive Museum Toolkit launching at a Symposium on March 23, 2018, and developed by 10 partner museums from across the province with feedback drawn from the experience of experts and innovators on our project Advisory Committee and from within their communities / Tourism regions. The toolkit is expected to include the following areas:
    • Governance
    • Collections Development
    • Exhibitions and Curatorial Practice
    • Community Engagement
    • Volunteer and HR Policies
    • Events and Programming
    • Marketing and Communications
    • Interpretation and Education
    • Audience Insight
    • Facilities Management

The two (2) projects the OMA is working collaboratively on with the ROM and CCDI are as follows:

Driving Inclusive Change: Youth Shape the Future of Peel Museums    2016-2017
Museum Inclusive Leadership Project     2017-2018

***Diversity and Inclusion Webinars: Open to Members

 


For more information about these projects, please contact the Project Coordinator, Rhiannon Myers, at coordination@museumsontario.ca