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Jun 16, 2022
Need to Know
Upcoming Webinar:
Know Your Target Audiences with
Environics Analytics
OMA Member Exclusive

Free webinar - held on Zoom
Tuesday June 28, 2022
10:00am - 11:30 AM ET

Join Nader Shureih, Vice President, Business Development for the Public Sector at Environics Analytics to learn how understanding the profile of Ontario’s museum visitors—where they are, who they are, and their motivations—can help museums make strategic decisions to build the size of their audience.

Our work as museums involves developing experiences that meet the needs of our communities and then promoting them effectively to reach a wide audience. How can we use data to better understand our current and potential audiences?

This free webinar is possible thanks to the support of Environics Analytics and collaboration with George Brown College’s Professor Karen Sinotte.

This free webinar is provided as a benefit to members of the OMA.
Not yet a member? Find out more HERE.
Register HERE
Ontario Election 2022
Engage your MPP today!

With the election decided, now is the time to build and strengthen relationships with the new government. This presents a renewed opportunity for the OMA, and museums, to advocate for access to adequate and stabilizing government support with increased provincial operating funding for our community museums. The OMA will continue to advocate on behalf of Ontario museums to our new government at Queen's Park -- including with letters of congratulations that reiterate the priorities of our sector.

Add your voice:

1. Send a letter of congratulations to your MPP. 

2. Follow MPPs on social media. 

  • The OMA has compiled a Twitter list of elected MPP accounts - for reference.

Learn more about Ontario provincial election results HERE.

National Indigenous Peoples Day
National Indigenous Peoples Day takes place on the summer solstice, June 21, during National Indigenous History Month. On this day, we take time learn more about the diverse cultures, voices, experiences and histories of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Please find below a list of in-person and virtual events happening at museums, galleries and historical sites across the province:
Woodland Cultural Centre hosts a virtual screening of Kayak to Klemtu

Join the Woodland Cultural Centre on June 20, 2022 at 7pm ET for a virtual screening of the film, "Kayak to Klemtu."

When a prominent Kitasoo/Xai’Xais activist passes away, his 14-year-old niece Ella (Blaney) embarks on a kayak journey to take his ashes home to Klemtu. It’s a race against the clock as Ella tries to make it back in time to give a speech protesting a proposed pipeline that would cross Indigenous land.

Learn more HERE.
McMaster Museum of Art unveils 20 years of Indigenous photographic art

On Thursday, June 16, at 3pm, McMaster Museum of Art will host an online panel discussion presented in conjunction with the NIIPA 20/20 exhibition - featuring over 150 photographic works by fifty alumni photographers of the Native Indian/Inuit Photographers’ Association (NIIPA).

Opening reception will be held on June 23 at 5pm.

Learn more HERE.
Museums of Mississauga and Kairos Canada partner to deliver a history lesson with Indigenous Elders

The Kairos Blanket Exercise will be held  on Tuesday, June 21 at 6pm. This unique participatory history lesson is developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, Traditional Knowledge Keepers and educators, and led by trained Indigenous and ally facilitators. The exercise will give participants (Ages 18+) a new understanding and respect for the reconciliation work that is still needed. This event is part of the City of Mississauga's National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration.

Learn more HERE.
Art Gallery of Ontario hosts The Stories of the Seven Grandfather Drums

On Tuesday, June 21 at 1:00pm, the AGO marks National Indigenous Peoples Day with a pre-recorded presentation in Walker Court by Ojibwe artist Bomgiizhik (Isaac Murdoch). Follow along as he looks through the work of Anishinaabe artist Robert Houle’s Seven Grandfather Drums.

Attend the virtual event on Facebook Live.

Learn more HERE.

Niagara Falls History Museum hosts
Longhouse Basket Workshop

On Saturday, June 18, 2022 the Niagara Falls History Museum will team up with Kimberly White-Atkins of Talking Turtle Baskets for a Longhouse Basket Workshop. Kimberly is Akwesasne Mohawk of the Turtle Clan. She has been making black ash and sweetgrass baskets for 11 years. She is passing down her knowledge to her children and hopefully to her grandchildren, so they may carry on the tradition of basket making. The event is part of the Museums ongoing Reclaiming Cultural Identity initiatives.

Learn more HERE.

Fort York hosts Indigenous Arts Festival

Visit Fort York on June 18 & 19 for a free, community-focused event with traditional and contemporary Indigenous music, dance, artisan and culinary experiences of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples living across Turtle Island and Indigenous Communities around the world. The Na-Me-Res Annual Traditional Pow Wow returns June 18. Shop at the Indigenous Artisans Market both days and see month-long art installations.

Learn more HERE.
Ojibwe Cultural Foundation hosts
Tuesday Craft Nights

On Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 5pm, the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation will host a craft night in Enaamijige Yaang Studios. Attendees will be guided by art facilitators to make a Peyote-Stitch Key Chain. Art facilitators will provide their expertise and welcome guests throughout this hands-on experience. 

Learn more HERE.

Sainte-Marie among the Hurons presents National Indigenous Peoples Day

On Tuesday, June 21, 2022, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons will host an event in recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day. This event will encompass a wide variety of unique Indigenous cultural and historical demonstrations such as music, art and traditional teachings.

Learn more HERE.

OMA Professional Development
Certificate in Museum Studies
Calendar Updates
Organization & Management of Museums
Format: Online
Date: Sept. 19 – Nov. 27, 2022
Course Director: Kathleen Powell,
St. Catharines Museum
Registration opens: July 11, 2022

Collections Management
Format: Online
Date: Sept. 19 – Nov. 27, 2022
Course Director: Janet Reid, Markham Museum
Registration opens: July 11, 2022

Education Programs
Format: Online
Date: Oct. 3 – Dec. 11, 2022
Course Director: Meredith Leonard,
City of Hamilton
Registration opens: July 25, 2022
Exhibit Planning & Design
Format: Online
Date: Jan. 16 – Mar. 26, 2023
Course Director: Meredith Leonard,
City of Hamilton
Registration opens: November 10, 2022

Care of Collections
Format: Online
Date: Jan. 16 – Apr. 2, 2023
Course Director: Carmen Li, Royal Alberta Museum
Registration opens: November 10, 2022
Registration for Certificate in Museum Studies courses is open to OMA Individual Members and Commercial Consultant Members.

Find out more about the Certificate in Museum Studies Program HERE.

Upcoming OMA Dates
June 27, 2022: Conference Call for Proposals. Learn more HERE.

June 28, 2022: Webinar: Know Your Target Audiences with Environics Analytics. Learn more HERE.

September 12, 2022: Early-Bird Conference Registration. Learn more HERE.

November 7 and 21, 2022: OMA Annual Conference 2022. Learn more HERE.
#OMAConf2022 Registration Open
Register now and save!

2022 is the Ontario Museum Association’s 50th Anniversary, and we are so thrilled to welcome members back to both an in-person and online conference this year! Registration is now open!

Each year, the OMA Annual Conference brings together museum professionals, volunteers, and students from Ontario's 700+ museums, art galleries, and historic sites. The conference serves to strengthen the museum, heritage, and cultural sector by providing: 
  • professional development and learning opportunities,
  • inspiration to professionals in the sector,
  • and bringing the sector together through meaningful and productive discussions.
Register now and save!
Join us in-person!
Monday, November 7, 2022
Hamilton Convention Centre
1 Summers Lane
Hamilton, ON L8P 4Y2

Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Local Hamilton activities and planned Study Tours - separate registration required, stay tuned!

Join us online!
Monday, November 7, 2022 – select sessions will be live-streamed
Monday, November 21, 2022 – interactive online sessions

Early-bird Rates – register now and save!
 In-Person Conference   
 OMA members  $195+HST 
 Non-members  $295+HST
 Student members  $85+HST
 Northern rate (available to those residing in 
 Tourism Regions 13 a, b, c)
 OMA members  $80+HST
 Non-members  $100+HST

Fully Subsidized Registrations
To encourage an inclusive Conference environment, the OMA provides 15 fully subsidized in-person conference registrations and 30 fully subsidized online conference registrations. Subsidies will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Please contact if you have any questions. Learn more HERE.

Register now and save!
Book Your Accommodation for the In-person Conference
Sheraton Hamilton Hotel
116 King Street West
Hamilton, ON L8P 4V3

Book early to secure your room at the special OMA rate. Learn more HERE.

Tradeshow and Partnership
In-person tradeshow is back in Hamilton on Monday, November 7, 2022!

Showcase your products to an engaged audience of current and future leaders in the museum field by partnering with the only conference dedicated to Ontario museums. Contact to discuss your OMA tradeshow partnership package.
#OMAConf2022 Call for Proposals Now Open
Proposals are Due by June 27!
This year’s theme is Changing Directions: Practice over Permanence. This theme embodies the changing nature of museums and focuses on what museums are currently doing, rather than what they might do in the future.

The Call for Proposals includes subthemes of PeoplePurpose, and Process, and questions to help get you inspired.
Download Call for Proposals
Not sure how your session idea fits with our theme? The OMA is happy to discuss proposals before they are submitted for review. Contact us with your ideas and questions at

We invite proposal submissions from equity-deserving groups, all levels of museum staff, and volunteers, students, and members of the GLAM sector. We welcome submissions from presenters outside the museum field as well.

Proposals must be submitted using the online form by Monday, June 27, 2022.
Submit your proposal
Other PD Opportunities
Museums Support Democracy:
Ethical Collecting and Deaccessioning
Museum Association of New York and Museum Hue

Virtual Webinar
Friday, June 24, 2022
12:00 - 1:30 pm ET

The Museum Association of New York (MANY) is presents Museums Support Democracy, a series of 7 virtual workshops created in partnership with Museum Hue and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. This session will feature speakers, Christopher Bedford from San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and Lisa Sasaki from Smithsonian American Women's History Museum at the Smithsonian Institution.

Read more and register HERE.
Promoting Your Event!
Webinar for Organizers

Culture Days

Virtual webinar
Wednesday, June 29, 2022
2:00 pm ET

Organizers will be guided through the variety of resources and tools available on the Culture Days website, key communications, and marketing tips to help increase awareness and attendance of your events ahead of this year’s celebrations. Mercedes Blackwood, communications expert and content strategist, will provide some Public Relations strategies.

Read more and register HERE.

De-streamed Grade 9 Science: Designing for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice
Ontario Science Centre

Virtual workshop
Thursday, June 16, 2022
7:00 - 8:00 pm ET

Join Tigist Amdemichael for a special workshop focused on implementing the new de-streamed Grade 9 Science course in a way that recognizes and celebrates the unique needs and abilities of all learners. Explore ways in which we can design an equitable pedagogy of possibility through thoughtful instruction and assessment.

Read more and register HERE.
Becoming a RE-ORG Coach
Canadian Conservation Institute

Virtual interactive sessions
October 5 to November 30, 2022
Registration fees

Over a period of two months, participants will be able to remotely design and develop a RE-ORG training activity based on a case study; provide recommendations to institutions wishing to undertake a RE-ORG project; and effectively apply coaching skills to lead and advise heritage institutions on their storage needs. This workshop will consist of one activity per week. Application deadline: August 2, 2022.

Read more and register HERE.

Mindfulness in a Time of Turbulence
Centre for Excellence on Empathy, Equity & Diversity (CEED)

Wednesday, June 22, 2022
11:30 am - 12:30 pm ET

The upcoming CEED conversation is presented by Stephen Abram, Lighthouse Consulting; former ED, the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries. Stephen will share his insights and philosophies that he believes underpin resilience, nimbleness, innovation, creativity, etc. CEEED was established in 2022, as a result of shared need and ideas to continue a conversation on digital inequalities, by Libraries, Archives, Museums (LAM).

Read more and register HERE.

National Trust Conference 2022
The Heritage Reset: Making Critical Choices

with Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals
and Indigenous Heritage Circle

October 20 – 22, 2022
Chelsea Hotel and Conference Centre, Toronto, ON
Registration fees

The annual National Trust Conference (with CAHP & IHC) is Canada’s largest heritage learning and networking event, with 500+ attendees expected for 2022. Held in person this year, the National Trust conference brings together a wide range of people keeping Canada’s heritage alive: from grassroots volunteers, professionals, and planners, to elected officials, policymakers, and students.

Read more and register HERE.

Preserving History Through Podcasting
Texas Historical Commission

Virtual webinar
Thursday, June 23, 2022
11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

The Museum of South Texas History (MOSTHistory) launched “Stories from the Rio Grande” to share stories that are not featured in the museum’s galleries. In this webinar, Pamela Morales de Hendricks, the communications officer for MOSTHistory, will share how the museum established a platform for local community members and historians to share ideas, history, stories, and collections.

Read more and register HERE.

Webinar recording:
Mini-session - Digital Accessibility & Social Media 101

BC Museums Association

On May 30th, 2022, the BC Museums Association hosted a webinar about “Digital Accessibility & Social Media.” This 30-minute online webinar recording will guide you through 5 fast and free actions for making your online content more accessible.

Watch the recording HERE.

In the Media
Royal Ontario Museum offers free admission to main floor galleries for summer 2022
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's surprising discovery leads to emotional reunion
Marine Museum of the Great Lakes hosts Kingston elementary students for a “Historians in Training” day
Ingersoll Cheese and Agricultural Museum invites visitors to embark on a cheesy tour
Lang Pioneer Village Museum hosts the 25th Annual Father's Day Smoke & Steam Show
Lambton County’s museums reveal mysterious artifacts in upcoming virtual Heritage Hour talk
2022 is the Ontario Museum Association’s 50th Anniversary! We celebrate the institutions and thousands of museum, gallery and heritage sector staff and volunteers whose skills, passion and commitment advance a strong museum sector for Ontario.
Thank you!
Support Ontario’s Museums: Donate Now!
As museums across Ontario face the challenges of reopening safely and renewing relationships with your communities, the OMA is here for you. The OMA successfully advocated for federal emergency support funding through the Museums Assistance Program, the early and streamlined release of Community Museum Operating Grant (CMOG) funds in 2020 and 2021, and for an additional $2 million to support digital activities during pandemic closures. Your support, participation, and membership make our work possible.

Representing the interests of over 700 museums, galleries, and heritage sites across the province, the OMA offers regular webinars and professional development opportunities and resources for pandemic recovery. An OMA membership connects you with our network of over 1000 members, provides you with the tools and resources that support your professional practice, and keeps you informed of breaking news about funding opportunities and policy changes via the ONmuseums weekly newsletter and timely eNews alerts.

If you are already an OMA member, thank you! Please renew your membership when you receive an email reminder.

If you are not yet a member, please consider an individual, institutional, or commercial membership for yourself, your colleagues, or your institution. You can find information about member categories and benefits on our website.

You can make a donation to the OMA on our website or through Canada Helps. Every contribution adds to the collective strength of our sector. You can help us build a more resilient museum sector. Thank you for your support!
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