Bursaries for Your Professional Development

Sep 17, 2020
Need to Know
Apply now: CMA Bursary Program
Deadline: October 1, 2020

Are you planning to attend the Ontario Museum Association Annual Conference? Apply for a CMA Bursary to cover the cost of your digital registration. The deadline is October 1st, 2020 but don’t wait as applications will be considered in-order of submission.

Attending another great event on or offline? Or participating in some professional development activities. Consider applying for a CMA Bursary!

Meanwhile, if you are organizing a professional development event or conference, consider mentioning these bursary opportunities as you promote the event to potential registrants.

For more information, including eligibility and deadlines go to: https://museums.ca/site/bursaries.
Questions? Contact: bursaries@museums.ca

This initiative is generously funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage

Update on pandemic-related virtual AGM rules 
Nonprofit Law Ontario
Community Legal Education Ontario has updated their Nonprofit Law website with information on virtual annual general meetings--including deadlines and rules. 

Read more HERE.
OMA Professional Development
#OMAConf2020 Session Highlight

Reclaiming Shingwauk: Cross-Cultural Learning and Programming

October 29
9:15am to 10:15am 
Elizabeth Edgar-Webkamigad
Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre, Algoma University
Krista McCracken
Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre, Algoma University
This session will discuss the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre's award-winning approach to sharing the history of Residential Schools and Indigenous communities through the Reclaiming Shingwauk Hall exhibition and site-specific cultural educational programming.

Register for Conference HERE.
"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.

Read more and register HERE
Upcoming OMA Dates
September 23: Early Bird Rate Closes for OMA Annual Conference
Register HERE. 

October 12: Start Date - CMS: Education Programs- Online

October 12: Start Date - CMS: Exhibit Planning & Design- Online

October 29: OMA Annual Conference 2020 Starts
Register HERE. 

November 4: Registration Opens: CMS: Organization & Management of Museums

November 5: OMA Annual General Meeting 2020
Register for the AGM HERE. 
Please ensure that you are logged in as a member on the OMA website to register for the AGM.
Other PD Opportunities
Everything You Need to Conquer Year-End Fundraising

September 17th, 2020
1:00pm to 2:00pm Eastern Time

The end of the year is just around the corner. On September 17th, join CanadaHelps’ Laura Dempsey and Marko Miketic to start preparing for your year-end fundraising campaign—and all the tools and tactics that can help.

Find out how to:
  • Optimize your website for accepting online donations;
  • Bolster your year-end fundraising results with online donation forms;
  • Attract new donors by launching a charitable gift guide for the holiday season; and
  • Track success against your goals by leveraging CanadaHelps’ online fundraising tools and features.
Read more and register HERE
Michael Bach
Founder and CEO
Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion
In conversation with Jeffrey Orridge
Recorded September 9, 2020

“A book isn’t going to end racism or inequity. But it can be a start.” Michael Bach (Founder, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion) speaks to business owners and leaders in his new book, Birds of All Feathers, about understanding diversity and inclusion as more than just buzzwords, while providing direction on creating and rebuilding safe, sustainable and truly equitable workplaces.

Watch HERE. 

The Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion is a longtime partner of the OMA:
Watch a webinar on cultural competency HERE
Watch the presentation of the results of the Diversity Census Tool (DCT) HERE. 
Are Canadians ready to return to the arts?
Join Business / Arts, the National Arts Centre and Nanos Research to hear the findings of the latest ART survey 

Tuesday, September 22
2pm ET
Nik Nanos, Chief Data Scientist and Founder of Nanos Research, will share findings of the latest Arts Response Tracking Survey (ARTS), a partnership between Business / Arts, the National Arts Centre and Nanos Research, which polled over 1,000 Canadians to gauge their attitudes on returning to and supporting the arts across Canada. 

These latest findings offer terrific insight for arts organizations, in particular, fundraisers to help inform programming and fundraising models. 

The session will feature a national response panel moderated by Camilla Holland, Executive Director of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, along with arts leaders from across the country: 
  • Wesley Colford, Artistic and Executive Director, Highland Theatre, Cape Breton 
  • Jayne Watson, Chief Executive Officer, National Arts Centre Foundation, Ottawa
  • Monica Esteves, Executive Director, Canadian Stage, Toronto
  • Irfhan Rawji, Chair, Glenbow Museum, Calgary
  • Claire Sakaki, Executive Director, Bard on the Beach, Vancouver
This is the second tracking survey in partnership with Business / Arts, the National Arts Centre and Nanos Research, with the additional support of the Canadian Opera Company, Woodbridge Group and a private patron from National Arts Centre Foundation.

Register HERE.
Beyond Statements: People Power
A collaboration between AAMC Foundation and Art Fund

Thursday, September 17

11am - 12:15pm EST
Following up to the July program, “Beyond Statements: Taking Action” the Art Fund and AAMC Foundation are continuing the dialogue with two additional sessions. The conversation will bring together the internal and public voices leading movements seeking to hold organizations accountable and investigate how external pressure and public discourse can advance structural change.

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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