2023 Deadlines - Funding, PD & Conferences

Jan 05, 2023
This issue of ONmuseums is brought to you by: Simbioz
Funding Opportunities
Young Canada Works

Delivery organizations: Canadian Museums Association, National Trust for Canada, Cultural Human Resources Council, Canadian Council of Archives, and Fédération des milieux documentaires

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Government of Canada

Delivery organizations: Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada and United Way Canada

January 12, 2023: Documentary Heritage Communities Program - Library and Archives Canada

January 13, 2023: Supporting the Foundations of Cultural Infrastructure Initiative (Canada Cultural Spaces Fund) - Canadian Heritage

January 18, 2023: 2023 Summer Experience Program - Government of Ontario

January 23, 2023: Canada Summer Job Wage subsidy - Government of Canada

January 23, 2023: Commemorating the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation - Canadian Heritage

January 31, 2023: Listen, Hear Our Voices projects - Library and Archives Canada

June 14, 2023: Capital Grants, Ontario Trillium Foundation

October 25, 2023: Resilient Communities Fund, Ontario Trillium Foundation

Learn about ongoing funding opportunities HERE.
Professional Development
Upcoming - OMA Dates

January 18, 2023: Mapping Oral History with Atlascine and Sensibility Mapping - Organized by Digital Action Research and Training, Toronto History Museums, and the Ontario Museum Association

February 3, 2023: Bring Your Own By-Laws with CLEO - Ontario Museum Association

February 9 & 16, 2023: CCI Webinar Photography on a Dime: Thrifty Tools and Free Software for Heritage Professionals - co-presented by Ontario Museum Association and Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries

January 10, 2023: Part 2: Public Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion Webinar Series - The National Trust for Canada

January 12, 2023: Recession-Proofing Your Nonprofit: How to Continue Serving Your Mission During Challenging Times - Charity Village

January 16, 2023: Call for Papers: Museums, sustainability and sustainable development - International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art

January 17, 2023: Digital Access and Indigenous Histories: Supporting Self-Determination and Historical Research in Community - McMaster University Library’s Archives Alive program in partnership with Woodland Cultural Centre and McMaster University Alumni

February 10, 2023: 2023 Nominations for The Edmund C. Bovey Award, Arnold Edinborough Award, Corporate Champion of the Arts Award, and Community Impact Award - Business / Arts
Upcoming Conferences
January 23 – 24, 2023: Art Service Organizations (ASO) Convergence Conference - Mass Culture (watch introductory video with Zainub Verjee, Galeries Ontario, "What’s Next? Reimagining The Arts Sector” HERE).

February 1-4, 2023: OLA Super Conference 2023 - Ontario Library Association

February 27-28, 2023: CMA 2023 Conference - Canadian Museums Association

March 6-8, 2023: Southern Ontario Tourism Conference - OSW and HHBRTA

May 10-12, 2023: AAO 2023 Virtual Conference - Archives Association of Ontario

May 19-22, 2023: 2023 AAM Annual Meetings & MuseumExpo - American Alliance of Museums

March 25-28, 2023: Museums Canada Summit 2023 - Museums Canada

June 15-17, 2023: 2023 Ontario Heritage Conference - Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, Community Heritage Ontario, and Ontario Association of Heritage Professionals

October 24-25, 2023: Ontario Tourism Summit 2023 - Tourism Industry Association of Ontario
At the OMA
Left to right: Michael Rikley-Lancaster (OMA), Edgar Tumak, and Joanne van Dreumel (TI History Museum). Photo by Lorraine Payette/for Postmedia Network
Edgar Tumak makes donation to
Paul O. Robertson Memorial Bursary Fund
Gananoque Reporter

On December 15, 2022, Edgar Tumak presented a cheque in the amount of $1,000 at the Thousand Islands History Museum as a donation to the Paul O. Robertson Memorial Bursary Fund. The Ontario Museum Association created the fund to support the attendance and participation of members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community in attending and participating in the OMA’s annual conference as delegates and emerging museum professionals. The fund was named in honour of Tumak’s late husband.

“As the widower of Paul Robertson, I was immensely honoured by the OMA’s desire to establish a memorial bursary fund in Paul’s name,” said Tumak. “As past president of the organization, Paul would have been immensely honoured as well as a reflection of the regard in which he was held and as a testament to the work he provided as a volunteer within the broader museum community while working as a curator for the City of Kingston.”

Read more HERE.
Learn more about the Paul O. Robertson Memorial Bursary HERE.
Make a donation HERE.

Make a donation HERE
Upcoming Workshop:
Bring Your Own By-Laws with CLEO

Community Legal Education Ontario and
Ontario Museum Association

Friday February 3, 2023
9:00am - 2:00pm ET
Free, but registration is limited

In this half-day working session, participants will work through their by-laws and letters patent and a special workbook to identify what they might want or need to change in order to comply with Ontario’s Not-for-profit Corporations Act (ONCA). Participants are advised to review their governing documents ahead of time to be somewhat familiar with the layout and content. Participants must bring a digital or physical copy of their by-laws and (preferably) letters patent.
This session is for: senior leaders, board members, and anyone involved in the corporate governance of organizations already incorporated under Ontario’s Corporations Act or a special Act.

This session is not for:
  • organizations that are not themselves incorporated but part of a larger organization or government, 
  • organizations incorporated under Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act,
  • organizations incorporated under Co-operative Corporations Act,
  • organizations incorporated through the Ontario Historical Society, or
  • other statutes outside of Ontario
Speaker: Benjamin Miller, a staff lawyer on the Nonprofit Law Ontario project of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) where he focuses on the legal needs of nonprofits and charities.

Read more and register HERE.

Get started thinking about ONCA! The OMA and CLEO hosted a webinar to discuss what is new in the ONCA, and steps nonprofits need to take to transition to the ONCA. Watch the webinar recording of HERE.
Register today!
Upcoming webinar:
Mapping Oral History with Atlascine
and Sensibility Mapping

Speakers from the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University (COHDS)
Organized by Digital Action Research and Training, Toronto History Museums, and
the Ontario Museum Association

Wednesday January 18, 2023
12:00pm - 1:30pm ET
Registration Required

This webinar will present two innovative cartographic approaches designed to map collections of stories and interviews. The first one will be structured around Atlascine, a free, online and open-source software developed to map collections of stories. Through the full interaction between media and maps, Atlascine offers new ways of navigating within and between audiovisual stories. Here, the map is envisioned not only as a way to reveal places as described in stories, but also to expand the possibilities of accessing, listening, visualizing and connecting these stories. The second cartographic approach will be devoted to the exploration of the inner parts of these stories using "sensibility mapping.” Sensibility mapping is a creative way of investigating the intimate, emotional and personal dimensions of stories.

Through this webinar, participants can expect to familiarize themselves with the potential, limits and complementarity of both approaches to expand the access to (corpuses of) interviews.


  • Sébastien Caquard, co-director of COHDS and a professor in the department of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University
  • Élise Olmedo, post-doctoral researcher at the department of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University.

Read more and register HERE.

Register today!
This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

Upcoming CCI Webinar:
Photography on a Dime - Thrifty Tools and Free Software for Heritage Professionals

Canadian Conservation Institute, Ontario Museum Association and Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries

Webinar 1: February 9, 2023 (1:00 - 3:00 PM ET)
Webinar 2: February 16, 2023 (1:00 - 3:00 PM ET)

OMA and GOG members register at 'Members' rate

This Canadian Conservation Institute webinar series is co-presented by the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) and Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries (GOG). Interested participants are those who are currently or will be involved in photodocumentation projects within a heritage institution. Participants are expected to have a fundamental knowledge of camera settings and functions (such as ISO and aperture) and a basic understanding of lighting equipment as this information will not be reviewed in the webinar. Participants should also possess practical computer skills.

Register HERE.

Register today!
Sector News
Important Change to Copyright Act
Government of Canada
Please be advised, as of December 30, 2022 , the general term of copyright protection in Canada changes from 50 to 70 years after the death of the author. This change does not affect works that are already in the public domain.

For more information, please see the amendments to the Copyright Act from June 2022 HERE.

Ontario Culture Days announce new guides
with a focus on inclusive arts, culture and heritage experiences

North York Mirror

Ontario Culture Days has added 11 new ON Culture Guides leading into 2023. The guides cover areas in the central, northern, eastern and southwestern parts of the province - highlighting inclusive tourism and spotlight diverse cultural experiences, local businesses, and unique community histories throughout Ontario. Several of the new guides were produced in consultation with Indigenous Tourism Ontario and Jacqueline Scott, an expert in Black tourism, arts, culture, and heritage in Ontario.

This project is supported by a $500,000 Government of Canada investment through the Tourism Relief Fund, delivered by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).

Read more HERE.

Moccasin Identifier project secures funding from FedDev to address truth and reconciliation
Simcoe Reformer

Carolyn King, a historian and former chief of Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN), created the Moccasin Identifier project in 2011 to educate Ontarians about Indigenous culture and treaty rights. Since then, imprints of traditional First Nations moccasins have popped up at public art installations, crosswalks, heritage trails, hospitals, downtown buildings, parks and college campuses from Toronto to Haldimand and Norfolk.

Port Dover Harbour Museum curator Katie Graham said the half-dozen moccasin identifiers found inside the museum nicely complement a display about Indigenous fishing on Lake Erie prior to European settlement.

Demand for moccasin identifiers is “growing exponentially,” said King, with requests coming in from school boards, municipalities, conservation authorities, libraries and businesses that want to incorporate Indigenous education in their physical spaces and programming. To meet that demand, Mississaugas of the Credit recently secured $497,900 in community infrastructure funding from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.

Read more HERE.

Colleague Updates
The OMA congratulates these members of our museum community on their recent awards, appointments and retirements, and we wish them all the best in their
future endeavours!
Eileen Thompson, board member of the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre, has stepped down from the museum’s board after nearly 40 years of service. Thompson became involved in the early 1980s, helping collect historical artefacts, documents and newspaper clippings related to the railway and the history of the Town of Capreol. Read more HERE.
Gabrielle Peacock has been appointed Executive Director & CEO of the Gardiner Museum. Currently Director of Partnerships and Development at Soulpepper Theatre and previously CEO of The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, Gabirelle will join the Gardiner in February 2023. Read more HERE.
Caroline Dromaguet has been appointed CEO of the Canadian Museum of History. Caroline is a seasoned museum professional with over 20 years of experience in numerous aspects of museum work. She served as Acting Director General of the War Museum, as Director Exhibitions, Manager Exhibitions and Strategic Initiatives, and Head of Exhibition Preparation, among her many roles, since first joining the Museums in 1998. Read more HERE.
Séamus Kealy has been appointed Executive Director of the Oakville Galleries. Séamus is a dynamic museum and gallery director and curator with Canadian and international experience leading and transforming visual arts institutions. Read more HERE.
Betty Julian has been appointed adjunct senior curator for the McMaster Museum of Art (beginning Sept. 2022). Betty joins M(M)A with over 30 years of experience working in the visual arts in a diversity of capacities across renowned Canadian art institutions including at Prefix ICA as Adjunct Curator and as assistant professor and sessional faculty in the Photography program at OCAD University. Read more HERE.
Gaëtane Verna has been appointed Executive Director of The Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University (beginning Nov. 2022). Verna’s past work includes the position of director and artistic director at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, executive director and chief curator of the Musee d’art de Joliette, curator of the Foreman Art Gallery at Bishop’s University,  and teaching art history at Bishop’s University and the Universite du Quebec a Montreal. Read more HERE.
In Memoriam
Preston O’Grady, Eganville educator and community advocate, has died on Nov. 30. His legacy includes his involvement with the the Bonnechere Museum, the Geo-Heritage trail, and Opeongo High School (OHS) as an English teacher. As chairman of the Eganville and Area Long Term Care Corporation, Preston he worked in doctor recruitment. Read more HERE.
Cathy Livingston, a longtime community volunteer and municipal councillor in Rideau Lakes, has died on Dec. 19. Cathy was a tireless volunteer and community advocate in the Delta community and beyond. She served as President of the Old Stone Mill National Historic Site (Delta Mill Society). Read more HERE.
In the Media
Ontario’s Manitoulin is bursting with attractions
Go back in history at Dundurn Castle
Kent Monkman And Miss Chief Eagle Testickle Guide Visitors Through Royal Ontario Museum
Past and present members invited to celebrate local Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario at St. Marys Museum
Sebringville-area farm recognized by the Stratford Perth Museum Agriculture Wall of Fame
Visit Museums in Scenic Bay of Quinte
What's On
Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre
Snowshoe Adventures
Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology
STEAM Saturdays Workshop: Magic with Static
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OMA's 50th Anniversary
2022 is the Ontario Museum Association’s 50th Anniversary! We are celebrating 50 years of advancing a strong museum sector for Ontario with staff and volunteers from the province’s 700 museums, galleries, and heritage sites. To commemorate this occasion, we are hosting a year-long series of online activities, culminating at the OMA Annual Conference 2022 in November.
We welcome everyone to join the celebration of our 50th anniversary
and to visit a museum near you!

Learn more about our 50th Anniversary HERE.

Amber Holmes (Naawayaa) speaks to delegates about engaging opportunities and connection through Anishinaabe teachings, worldviews and land-based pedagogies during the "Living in Relation: A Story of Indigenous Partnership and a Process of Decolonizing" session at OMA Annual Conference 2022 in Hamilton, ON.
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