Announcing David Adames as Keynote Speaker!

Sep 10, 2020
Need to Know
OMA 2nd COVID-19 Impact Survey
Key Findings Coming Soon

The OMA's 2nd COVID-19 Impact Survey collected data from 150 respondents between August 13 and September 4, 2020. We thank all for contributing to the Survey and for sharing their experiences. Here are a few preliminary findings:

  • 150 respondents from across the province, 27% are Seasonal Museums, 73% are Year-Round, and 31% are Rural museums

Open Status: 
  • 53% of museums have re-opened to the public
  • 25% anticipate re-opening later in 2020
  • 21% will not reopen in 2020
More Key Findings to come!
COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations – Museums Assistance Program
Final Days to Apply!
Application closes September 11

Read more HERE.
Young Canada Works Graduate Internship Program: Second Call for Applications
Deadline: September 23

From the Canadian Museums Association: 
This second call for applications follows the announcement of $2.6 million in supplemental funding provided by the Government of Canada and devoted to YCW-BCH.  If your first-round application was waitlisted and you have not yet been contacted, YCW Program Officers will be contacting you soon.

To support the program during the pandemic, some special program considerations have been made this year:
  • The YCW contribution to a BCH internship may instead cover up to 85% of total project costs; *
  • The program cap (previously $10,000 per domestic position) is not in effect this year.
  • As always, applications from Indigenous organizations, applications for projects aimed at Indigenous interns, and applications for projects focusing on Indigenous cultural heritage are encouraged.

*Note: funding remains limited by availability and if approved you may receive a funding offer for less than 85% of total project cost

Read more HERE.

Provincial News
Micro-Grant for Seniors' Centre Without Walls from Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario 
Deadline: September 30, 2020
With funding support from the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility.

Seniors’ Centre Without Walls (SCWW) is a free interactive telephone-based group activity program that connects seniors and older adults 50+ and adults with physical disabilities who find it difficult to leave their home. 

Free webinar and an overview of the SCWW program:
-September 10th at 1:00pm EDT
-September 18th at 10:30am EDT
Register HERE.

SCWW Micro-Grants (maximum of $4,000 for an eligible individual organization) are available to eligible non-profit organizations and Indigenous communities and organizations that focus on serving seniors in Ontario to facilitate and coordinate remote and virtual community connections, with a focus on organizations and communities that serve rural, diverse, Northern, Francophone and Indigenous seniors.

Applicants must be:
- Non-profit organizations that are incorporated in Ontario, including local service boards, or Indigenous communities or organizations
- Have been in operation for at least one year at the time of application
- Represent seniors’ groups and/or offer programs or services that directly benefit older adults and seniors living in Ontario.

Collaborative Partnership Model: One lead organization can apply on behalf of a group of nonprofit organizations or networks. The lead organization will be legally responsible for the funding agreement and project on behalf of the group that they represent. 

Read more HERE. 

Read the Program Guidelines HERE. 
Ontario's Legislature to resume September 14th

Orders for the day include the Second Reading of Bill 199, An Act to amend the Taxation Act, 2007 to provide for a non-refundable tax credit to encourage tourism within Ontario. 

Read more HERE
Northern Ontario Railroad Museum receives $16,000 in FedNor funding for mobile app tours

This new tourism experience will feature a dramatic storytelling narrative to engage visitors as they explore an important era in Canadian history and the everyday lives of the people that helped create Northern Ontario’s rail network.

Read more from HERE.
Read more from CBC HERE. 
Beatrice Kerr of St. Williams and other member of the Norfolk Fibre Arts Guild are pleased that Norfolk County has started the process leading to the potential designation of the Backhouse Homestead north of Port Rowan as a heritage site.
– Monte Sonnenberg. Simcoe Reformer. 
Backhouse Homestead up for municipal heritage designation
Norfolk County museum is a recognized National Historic Site

The present day Backhouse Homestead — circa mid-1850s — sits on the hill above Spring Creek overlooking the Backhouse Grist mill (1795). The Backhouse family moved to what became Norfolk County in the early 1790s. Family patriarch John Backhouse began a mill operation at this location north of Port Rowan and served as an officer in the British army in the War of 1812. The family later shortened its name to Backus.

Representatives state that a heritage designation could be a good thing, especially if it helps persuade the province to increase funding for events and the care and upkeep of Backus.

Read more HERE.
OMA Initiatives
Announcing Keynote Speaker

David Adames
CEO, Niagara Parks Commission
Tourism and the Impacts of COVID-19 
Thursday, November 5, 2020

David Adames is Chief Executive Officer of The Niagara Parks Commission. David’s career started in the museum sector in 1988, where he spent his first ten years.   He served on the OMA Council from 2005-2009.  David is also past President and CEO of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director at Tourism Hamilton. He is a proud alumnus of McMaster and Queen's Universities.

Register for Conference HERE. 

Two Weeks Left to Save $75!
Early Bird Rate for #OMAConf2020 Closes September 23!
Register for Conference Here
Ontario Museum Association
2020 Annual General Meeting
Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 9:00am

The Ontario Museum Association will hold its 2020 Annual General Meeting virtually on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 9:00am.

Be a part of the OMA's AGM by registering HERE.

You must be a member in good standing and log in to the OMA website to register for the AGM.
Ontario Museum Association Council Nominations 2020/2021
The Nominations Committee, composed of Chair, OMA Past President, Petal Furness, OMA Councilor, Nathan Etherington (Brant Historical Society) and the three members elected by the membership at the 2019 Annual General Meeting in Brantford, Ontario, Ron Gostlin (Muskoka Heritage Place), Rebecca Hicks (City of Hamilton), and Lois Fenton (Atikokan Centennial Museum & Heritage Park) is pleased to bring forward the following slate of Council nominations for election by the membership at the 2020 Annual General Meeting on Thursday, November 5, 2020.

The responsibility to select candidates best suited to lead the Association requires thoughtful planning and attention to skills / areas of expertise currently required by the Council for its Strategic Plan implementation; therefore, the OMA adheres to the practice of not accepting nominations from the floor at the Annual General Meeting.   

Council Nominees 2020/2021

Second Year of a First Two-Year Term

City Curator, Cultural Services
City of Kingston

Second Year of a First Two-Year Term

Markham Museum

Second Year of a First Two-Year Term

Senior Curator, Heritage Strategies
City of Hamilton

Second Year of a First Two-Year Term

Executive Director/Curator
Mississippi Valley Textile Museum

Second Year of a First Two-Year Term

Director, Museums & Heritage Services
City of Toronto

Second Year of a Second Two-Year Term

Second Year of a First Two-Year Term

Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site

Second Year of a First Two-Year Term

Executive Director and Curator
Canadian Automotive Museum

Second Year of a Second Two-Year Term

Museum Education and Evaluation Specialist
Bank of Canada Museum

Second Year of a First Two-Year Term

Associate Vice President, Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships
Royal Ontario Museum

First Year of a First Two-Year Term

Village Coordinator
Waterloo Region Museum

Second Year of a Second Two-Year Term

Register for the OMA Annual Conference before September 23rd to take advantage of the Early Bird Rate! Register HERE.
Out-of-Province News
CMA Submission for September 3, 2020 Roundtable
Organized by the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Julie Dabrusin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage

The CMA was invited to participate in a virtual roundtable discussion on September 3rd with a small handful of organizations in arts and culture. The meeting was hosted and moderated by Julie Dabrusin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage. 

The CMA prepared a written submission for the roundtable, consistent with what was submitted to the Federal Budget for 2021. 

The CMA, for alignment with the Government of Canada’s Recovery Framework, recommended:

THAT the Government of Canada:
  • prioritize an investment of resources toward the review of the National Museum Policy.
  • increases funding to Canada’s museums to at least $60M annually.
  • extend and increase emergency support to museums
Read more HERE. 
Hill Strategies: Arts Attendance and COVID-19 

Insights into the potential return of audiences to cultural activities, based on recent Canadian reports, including the Ontario Arts Council COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor.

For galleries and museums:
  • 30% of previous gallery and museum visitors expect to visit immediately after galleries and museums reopen. In terms of safety precautions, these early returning respondents are predominantly looking for physical distancing (45%), followed by masks (24%).
  • 15% plan to return to galleries and museums between one and five months after they reopen. These respondents are also predominantly looking for physical distancing (53%), followed by masks (37%).
  • 12% plan to wait six months or more before attending galleries and museums. Most of these respondents are looking for a vaccine (51%), followed by those who are looking for physical distancing (33%) and masks (25%).
  • 42% of gallery and museum visitors are unsure when they will return to these activities. Of those who are unsure, 37% would feel comfortable if physical distancing were in place, and 21% are waiting for a vaccine.
  • 1% of gallery and museum visitors indicate that they will never return to these venues.
Read more HERE.
Culture Days
September 25 - October 25, 2020
Indoors, Outdoors, and Online

Read more HERE.
ICOM Launches Follow-Up COVID-19 Survey
Survey closes October 5, 2020

The purpose of this anonymous survey is to collect and compare information on how the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak is affecting the museum sector and museum workers around the world. 

Read more HERE.
2019 Government of Canada
Survey of Heritage Institutions 
Report to be released September 21, 2020

Look for a special edition of ONmuseums sharing findings from the Survey!
Upcoming OMA Dates

September 14: Start Date: CMS: Museums in Context (Online)

September 22: OMA/GOEMP Webinar - "Ask me Anything" with Irene Chalmers.
Register HERE. 

September 23: Early Bird deadline for #OMAConf2020
Save $75! Register HERE.

October 12: Start Date: CMS: Education Programs and Exhibit Planning & Design (both online) 

October 29: First Day of #OMAConf2020!
Register HERE.
The OMA Welcomes Your Support

If you are already an OMA member, please renew your membership when you receive an email reminder. If you are not a member, please consider joining, either as an institution or an individual. You can find information about member categories and benefits on our website.

Please also consider making a donation to the OMA on our website or through Canada Helps.

Your support of the OMA and your participation in events like this webinar make us stronger as a sector, and we appreciate each and everyone one of you.

An OMA membership connects you with our network of over 1000 members, representing 700 museums, galleries, and heritage sites across the province. In addition, an OMA membership provides you with the latest news via the ONmuseums newsletter, eNews alerts, and COVID-19 resources to mitigate impact for Ontario museums, galleries and heritage sites.
COVID-19 Resources

The OMA has prepared a dedicated webpage of COVID-19 communications and resources, updated as new information and resources become available.
Read more HERE.
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Marie G. Lalonde
Executive Director 
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