Announcing: #OMAConf2020 Schedule!

Sep 15, 2020
In this eNews:
  1. #OMAConf2020 Schedule Announced
  2. September 23: OMA Conference Early Bird Deadline
  3. Other Upcoming PD: "Ask Me Anything" with Irene Chalmers
Conference Schedule Announced!
The OMA Council and Secretariat are proud to release the schedule for the Ontario Museum Association Annual Conference 2020--being offered fully online for the first time!
See the Schedule HERE
Here are a few sessions included as part of #OMAConf2020!
Elder Duke Redbird
Jeremy Diamond
Myseum of Toronto
Myseum of Toronto - The Success of Partnerships
October 29, 10:30-11:30 AM

Elder Dr. Duke Redbird is an established Indigenous intellectual, poet, painter, broadcaster, filmmaker and keynote speaker, he brings his breadth of cultural knowledge and artistic practice to the benefit of a global audience. 

Jeremy Diamond, CEO of Myseum of Toronto will be joined by Elder Dr Duke Redbird to present the successes of a recent project called Wigwam Chi-Chemung, a floating art installation and Indigenous learning centre in Toronto. The focus of the presentation will be on the importance of partnerships and how they can be formed and leveraged within the Museum sector.

Read more HERE. 
Making Research Matter: How Museums of All Sizes Shape Ideas of Care
November 5, 1:45-2:45 PM
Haley Bryant
Doctoral Student
University of Toronto

Maya Hirschman
University of Toronto
Megan Hull
University of Toronto

Cara Krmpotich
Associate Professor
University of Toronto
This panel shares emerging research that centres the value of community museums in shaping global understandings of care in museums and communities. The case studies presented focus on digital tools, philosophies of collections care, philosophies of value, and community health and well-being.

Read more HERE. 
Holocaust Education: Sustaining Truth with Digital Humanities
 November 10, 10am-11am
Daniel Panneton
Acting Manager, Public Programs
Sarah & Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre
Carson Phillips
Managing Director
Sarah & Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre
The Sarah & Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre in partnership with three Masters of Museum Studies Students at the University of Toronto developed an online education platform about Holocaust survivor George Brady. This project works to address the challenges posed to Holocaust education in a post-truth, post-survivor age.

Read more HERE. 
Save $75!
Early Bird Rate Closes September 23

The OMA Conference program is inspired by the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also plans to address the many challenges facing museums during the COVID-19 pandemic and social upheaval that have made 2020 an extraordinary year.
Other Upcoming Professional Development
"Ask Me Anything" with Irene Chalmers

Presented in partnership with
the Group of Ontario Emerging Museum Professionals Committee

Tuesday September 22, 2020
10:00-11:00 AM

This session will consist of 3 key components in the style of “Ask Me Anything” format popularized on social media in recent years. “Ask” refers to questions posed by emerging museum professionals in the Ontario community - whether to the OMA during registration for the webinar, to the GOEMP Committee via the blog post announcing this webinar, or directly to our guest in real time during the webinar. “Me” refers to Irene Chalmers, who came forward to generously volunteer her time to make her rich experience in interpretive planning and as a freelancer accessible through this platform. “Anything” references any topic that intersects with the museum sector, museum jobs, museum networking, etc… anything that may be of interest to EMPs who would benefit from this information at this stage in their careers! GOEMP Committee Chair Madeline Smolarz will join Irene as moderator to keep track of and pose incoming questions on behalf of the EMP community.

Register HERE.

Read the GOEMP Blog Post and submit a question HERE. 

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Marie G. Lalonde
Executive Director