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Nov 25, 2021
This issue of ONmuseums brought to you by: Sherbrooke Museum of Nature and Science
Need to Know
Funding Opportunity: 2022 Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II —
Community Projects
Canadian Heritage

This program provides funding for community-based projects and celebrations in honour of the 70-year reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Through these initiatives Canadians will learn about the role of the Crown in Canada, celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of steadfast service to Canada, and highlight Canadian achievements over the last seven decades. Successful applicants may receive up to 100% of eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $5,000.

The application deadline is December 6, 2021 by 11:59 pm (local time).

Read more HERE
View more funding opportunities on the OMA website HERE

Speech from the Throne: 
Building a resilient economy:
a cleaner & healthier future for our kids

On November 23, 2021, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, delivered the Speech from the Throne to open the first session of the 44th Parliament and outline the government’s agenda. The Speech focused on pandemic recovery, growing a more resilient economy, climate action, creating safer communities, diversity and inclusion, reconciliation, and international diplomacy. 

The OMA will provide updates as more information becomes available.

View the Speech HERE
Read the full transcript HERE

Media Coverage
COVID-19 Vaccine Bookings to Open For
All Children Aged Five to 11
Ministry of Health
Following Health Canada’s approval of the paediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, children aged five to 11 across Ontario are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through a variety of channels including the COVID-19 vaccination portal and contact centre, directly through public health units using their own booking system, participating pharmacies which individuals can find on Ontario’s website using the pharmacy locator, and select primary care providers. To book an appointment online, children must be turning five years old by the end of 2021 (born in 2016).

Ontario is expected to receive 1,076,000 doses of the paediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from the federal government, which will then be immediately distributed to public health units, pharmacies, and primary care settings across the province.

In addition, the province, in conjunction with Health Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, has launched Operation Remote Immunity 3.0 (ORI 3.0) to support the administration of COVID-19 vaccines for children aged five to 11 in Northern and Remote First Nation communities, as well as booster doses to eligible populations. ORI 3.0 will run until March 2022.

Read the full News Release HERE
Read the Paediatric Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine: Frequently Asked Questions HERE
Reopening Fund for Heritage Organizations
Deadline: November 29, 2021

Read more HERE

OMA Resources
Webinar: Making Cultural Spaces Safe
During COVID-19 Initiative from the
Canada Cultural Spaces Fund
with Canadian Heritage
Free Webinar
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
1:00pm - 2:00pm ET

Join us for an information session on the Making Cultural Spaces Safe During COVID-19 Initiative from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, Department of Canadian Heritage.

The Initiative will provide 1-time project-based support to arts and heritage organizations to upgrade their spaces and purchase specialized equipment needed to safely reopen while following public health guidelines. The Initiative seeks to increase the number of cultural facilities able to re-open safely to the public and staff.

In this webinar, Regional Manager of Arts Programs Valerie Hopper and Senior Program Advisor Sarah Hill will provide an overview of the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund and share further details on the Making Cultural Spaces Safe During COVID-19 Initiative, including project examples, eligibility, and timeline. 

Following the presentation, there will be time for Q&A with participants. 

Register HERE.
Read more about the Fund HERE
Webinar: Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act - Planning the transition for your museum
with Community Legal Education Ontario

Free Webinar
Friday, December 3, 2021
10:00am - 11:15am ET

Ontario’s Not-for-profit Corporations Act (ONCA) was proclaimed on October 19th, 2021. Nonprofits will have 3 years to update their bylaws and letters patent to comply with ONCA. This webinar will walk through what is new in the ONCA, steps nonprofits need to take to transition to the ONCA, and how CLEO’s free resources can help you create ONCA compliant bylaws from scratch or adapt your current bylaws. To learn more about the ONCA visit nonprofitlaw.cleo.on.ca  

Speaker: Benjamin Miller 
Benjamin Miller (he/him) is a staff lawyer on the Nonprofit Law Ontario project of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) where he focused on nonprofit and charity law and policy. Over the past 4 years at CLEO, Benjamin has answered hundreds of nonprofit law questions and developed an online interactive bylaw builder for the ONCA. Benjamin also works at the Ontario Nonprofit Network and has worked at the Canada Revenue Agency in the past. Benjamin holds a JD and MPP from the University of Toronto and an MA in political theory from the University of Ottawa.
Register HERE
Members in the News 
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum celebrates 50th anniversary
Royal Ontario Museum gets first climate curator in North America
Canadian Canoe Museum is Seeking Donations to Help Move Their Collection
Backus-Page House Museum Opens New Agricultural Centre
External Resources
Treaty Timeline
Great Lakes Research Alliance for the Study of
Aboriginal Arts & Cultures
GRASAC's Treaty Timeline is intended for treaty education and research. Each link in the timeline leads to pages with more information and resources for further research. GRASAC notes that it is not complete or authoritative, and it continues to be developed. Many treaties have not yet been added to the timeline. 

View the Great Lakes Research Alliance for the Study of Aboriginal Arts & Cultures' Treaty Timeline HERE
Webinar Recordings: The Plastic Conservation Conundrum and Sustainable Museums
Art Museum at the University of Toronto and
the University of Concordia
These dialogues are part of the program "Plastic Heart: Surface All the Way Through", an experimental exhibition that examines plastic as art material, cultural object, geologic process, petrochemical product, and a synthetic substance fully entangled with the human body.
Dialogue 3: The Plastic Conservation Conundrum: Preserving Plastics in Museum Collections and Plastics’ Durability in the Environment
Plastics have brought massive shifts to collective perceptions of disposability, yet this multifarious material persists in the environment for aeons. As both scientists and art conservators are aware, it is not an inert material, despite its classification as such. The ‘disposable permanence’ of plastic is more than a contradiction in terms. This panel dialogues with art conservators who work to preserve plastic objects despite the toxic and irreparable ways they can deteriorate, and scientists who analyze the paths and fate of plastics and its deterioration in the environment. Conservators, scientists, and curators on plastics attempt to understand a material with an opaque chemical make-up shrouded by industry secrets and unknown effects. This program speculates that links between diverse specialized fields may lead to a greater whole understanding of the long-term effects of plastics.

With Courtney Asztalos, Dr. Patricia Corcoran, Roger Griffith, Sherry Phillips, and Dr. Lorena Rios Mendoza, and moderated by Kelly Jazvac

View the recording HERE
Dialogue 4: Sustainable Museums

Where does one begin to tally the environmental impact of an exhibition? Is it in the space itself as the artworks and artefacts are assembled? Or is it in the very first steps of the process, which might involve mining for heavy metals and pigments, manufacturing chemicals and products, and laying the fiber optic cables that underlie the systems of communication that are key components of exhibition-making? Guided by these questions, Plastic Heart aims to create a low-carbon exhibition throughout all stages of its making from the size of artworks and geographic proximity of artists, to shipping, material sourcing, installation, exhibition waste, powering media, and web presence. This panel will consider the complexities of this process, how to improve, and will look to other models that critically address aggregate forms of sustainability as motivators for change in the arts.

With Suzanne Carte, Maya Ishizawa, Sarah Sutton, moderated by Kirsty Robertson

View the recording HERE
The Arts for Mental Health Report
Mass Culture and the Mississauga Arts Council

Organized by Mass Culture and the Mississauga Arts Council, members of the arts and health sector convened at The Arts for Mental Health Conference on October 6, 2021 to exchange ideas and share experiences to contribute towards an overarching goal: To co-design an accessible program designed with medical and social service professionals in mind, that prescribes and refers mental health clients to engage in creative experiences appropriate to their needs. Throughout the day, the 70+ participants helped collectively shape the recommendations presented in this report. 

Read the report HERE

Future of Arts Work
Mass Culture

This report looks at one dimension of the future of people systems by focusing on Boards of Directors and their related governance models in Canadian not-for-profit (NFP) arts organizations. The aim of this report is not to replicate the myriad of resources and tools available in an exhaustive literature review, but rather to capture the conversations of the moment in Canada’s arts sector about Board governance innovation—specifically, SHOULD we innovate our Board structures, what are some examples, and what can/should we do. What Mass Culture shares with you here are some select foundational secondary research pieces for context, some examples of “current” conversations about innovation, and the results of a survey held with the sector this year.

Read more and view the report HERE

RAIC Partners with Parks Canada to Provide a New Open Access Course
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), in partnership with Parks Canada Agency, is offering a new online course (Introduction to the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada) on Heritage Conservation in Canada. The course offers exclusive lessons on the principles of the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada by using built heritage sites managed by Parks Canada as learning tools. It is intended as an informational training tool for use by RAIC members, as well as other interested parties from across the public and private sectors, in Canada’s heritage community and the design and construction industry.  

Read more HERE

Podcast: viviane gosselin + mauro vescera of the museum of vancouver
conscient podcast / balado conscient

This episode of conscient podcast / balado conscient is a conversation with Viviane Gosselin, Director of Collections & Exhibitions, Curator of Contemporary Culture and Mauro Vescera, Chief Executive Officer of the Museum of Vancouver. The conversation was recorded in 3 spaces: office, collections and exhibitions. You will learn about the Museum of Vancouver’s 4 engagement priorities (redress and decolonization, immigration and diversity, environment and sustainability and urban and contemporary issues) and how they are greening their operations and addressing climate change and climate justice through their exhibitions. 

Read more and listen to the podcast HERE

Webinar: White Supremacy 101 with
Hook or Crook Consulting
British Columbia Museums Association

Friday, November 26, 2021
4:30pm - 6:30pm ET

This session offers an introductory understanding of the ways that white supremacy functions across systems, institutions, and in our day-to-day lives--from our relationships with others to the way we come to view systemic violence and harm. Participants will learn about ways that we can take action to disrupt white supremacy at work and beyond.

About Hook or Crook Consulting

Hook or Crook Consulting is an equity, diversity and inclusion company that weaves the transformative practices of community care and social justice into the fabric of organizations, teams and leaders. They offer one-to-one consultations, group workshops, and a variety of organization-wide supports to cultivate safer, more equitable places of work.

Register HERE

Recording: 2021 Sterling Prize Ceremony and Lecture with Sdahl Ḵ'awaas (Lucy Bell)
Simon Fraser University Public Sqaure
Sdahl Ḵ’awaas (also known as Lucy Bell) is the recipient of the 2021 Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy for her bravery in calling out racism in the heritage field and advocating for change in an era of reconciliation. At this event, Sdahl Ḵ’awaas led a conversation with Jisgang (Nika Collison), the executive director of the Haida Gwaii Museum and a board member of the Royal BC Museum; Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra, UBC history PhD candidate and co-curator of exhibits at the Sikh Heritage Museum; and the audience. 

Read more and watch the recording HERE
Webinar Recording: Long Term Storage for Large Functional Objects: Vehicles
Connecting to Collections Care

This webinar introduces several examples of wheeled functional vehicles and work through the decision-making process of practical solutions for long-term storage, also called “mothballing”. At the end of the webinar, viewers should feel informed and confident in planning a vehicle long-term storage project. Attendees were invited to share examples of specific vehicle long-term storage challenges they face and to share their approach to this problem.

Read more and view the recording HERE

OMA Job Board
Collections Coordinator
Canadian Museum of History

November 28
$48,801 - $63,105/year

Read more HERE
Visitor Services & Volunteer Coordinator
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

November 29

Read more HERE
Gallery Assistant
Black Artists’ Networks in Dialogue Gallery and Cultural Centre

November 30
$15 - $20/hour

Read more HERE
 Ontario Museum Jobs
To access all OMA Job Board Listings, CLICK HERE

The OMA features job listings from the online submissions received through our website.  To submit a listing for an open position at your institution, CLICK HERE!
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As museums across Ontario face the challenges of reopening safely and renewing relationships with your communities, the OMA is here for you. The OMA successfully advocated for federal emergency support funding through the Museums Assistance Program, the early and streamlined release of Community Museum Operating Grant (CMOG) funds in 2020 and 2021, and for an additional $2 million to support digital activities during pandemic closures. Your support, participation, and membership make our work possible.

Representing the interests of over 700 museums, galleries, and heritage sites across the province, the OMA offers regular webinars and professional development opportunities and resources for pandemic recovery. An OMA membership connects you with our network of over 1000 members, provides you with the tools and resources that support your professional practice, and keeps you informed of breaking news about funding opportunities and policy changes via the ONmuseums weekly newsletter and timely eNews alerts.

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