Announcing #OMAConf2020 Keynote Robert R. Janes!

Oct 01, 2020
This edition of ONmuseums is sponsored by RAM Digital Imaging
Need to Know
 #OMAConf2020 Keynote Highlight
Museums in Perilous Times

Thursday November 26, 2020

Robert R. Janes
Founder and Co-Chair
Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice

Robert R. Janes is an independent scholar-practitioner, the Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Museum Management and Curatorship, a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Museum Studies (University of Leicester, UK). 
"The museum community has yet to have a forthright conversation about the climate crisis, including the role and responsibilities of museums in addressing it. In addition to their deep view of time, museums are eminently qualified to address the climate crisis for reasons that will be discussed. I will also assess the combined threat of the climate crisis and the COVID Pandemic, examine the inertia that hinders the museum community as a force for good, and suggest ways that members of the museum community can activate their personal and organization agency. Museum practitioners, academics, and students now have an unprecedented opportunity to mobilize museums as key civic and intellectual resources to take action in this deepening crisis."

Register for Conference HERE.
Bursaries for OMA Conference Registration
Deadline: October 9

In this time of the pandemic, the Ontario Museum Association recognizes the importance of bringing the sector together, and we understand that this may be a challenging time financially for individuals and institutions. The Conference Bursary will be available to OMA members in good standing who would otherwise be unable attend the OMA Conference. Applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis.

We thank the OMA Council who redirected their annual donations for the AGM in-person breakfast towards Conference bursaries.

Please complete the bursary application form HERE. 
Applications are due on October 9, 2020.

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OMA Call for Members for the 2021 Nominations Committee 
Deadline: October 15, 2020
The Ontario Museum Association will be hosting a virtual Annual General Meeting in 2020, and is asking ahead of time for nominations for up to three individual OMA members in good standing who would be interested and willing to serve as members of the 2021 Nominations Committee.
The Nominations Committee is composed of the OMA Past President, one member selected from the OMA Council, and up to three members elected by the membership at the virtual Annual General Meeting on November 5, 2020. The Nominations Committee reports to the membership and not to the OMA Council.
It is the responsibility of the Nominations Committee to select candidates to stand for election for OMA Council and who are best suited to lead the Association, and the process requires thoughtful planning and attention to skills / areas of expertise currently required by the Council for its Strategic Plan implementation.
The Call for Members for the 2021 Nominations Committee form can be found HERE.
Please fill out the Nominations form by October 15, 2020 and send it to
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Sector News
Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre added to the Canada Memory of the World Register

This register, created in 2017, promotes and provides access to a diverse amount of documentary heritage that's significant to Canada. 

Shingwauk Residential is one of three new inscriptions, which include Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre’s Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association and Shingwauk Reunion fonds, Les archives des Augustines du Canada and Selections from the Gospels in the dialect of the Inuit of Little Whale River. 

These historical works highlight the importance of Indigenous culture and continuing work in truth and reconciliation.  

Read more HERE.

The session "Reclaiming Shingwauk: Cross-Cultural Learning and Programming" with speakers Elizabeth Edgar-Webkamigad and Krista McCracken, is a part of #OMAConf2020 on October 29. 
ROM announces inaugural Allan and Helaine Shiff Curatorship of Climate Change

This critical and timely role, the first of its kind at a major Canadian museum, reflects the ROM’s commitment to ground-breaking research and innovative public engagement on one of the most relevant topics of our day. This new curatorship is made possible through a visionary donation by long-time ROM members Allan and Helaine Shiff. A global search for the inaugural Shiff Curator, who will research and infuse the urgency of our climate emergency across the ROM’s lifelong learning activities, collections, exhibitions, and community outreach, is currently under way.

Read more HERE.

Huron County Museum and Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum featured in AAM article
Children's Museology and the COVID-19 Crisis

The article was authored by Monica Eileen Patterson, Assistant Director of Curatorial Studies in the Institute for the Comparative Study of Literature, Art, and Culture at Carleton University, and profiles both institution's initiatives to collect the experiences of children during the pandemic. 

Read more HERE

GivingTuesday 2020
December 1, 2020

December 1, 2020: GivingTuesday is a critical part of every charity’s year-end fundraising, and it’s coming up fast! 

On October 5th, join experts from CanadaHelps, GivingTuesday, and Hockey 4 Youth to learn what you need to prepare for a successful GivingTuesday!

Webinar: Kick Off Your GivingTuesday Plan
October 5, 2020
1pm to 2pm ET

Read more HERE

In the Media
Simcoe County Museum hosts two travelling exhibits detailing residential schools
Chatham-Kent Museum reopening will feature exhibit on local fairs and festivals
What's On
Uncovering Union Station: Online Exhibit
Toronto Railway Museum
There's No Place Like Home: House Styles of Dryden
Dryden and District Museum
Living Threads
Mississippi Valley Textile Museum
RCRM 2020 Speaker Series - Podcast
The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum
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