Connecting With Schools!

May 19, 2022
Need to Know
Upcoming Webinar:
Virtual School Programming -
Decision Making for Small Museums

Registration Now Open!

Free webinar - held on Zoom
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
1:30pm - 2:45pm

School programming is central to how museums deliver on their educational missions. With kids back in the classroom, how does virtual school programming fit into our ongoing plans?

Join Christina Sydorko from the Oil Museum of Canada, Karen Taylor from the Canadian Canoe Museum, and Michael Furdyk from Connected North for a conversation about the questions you need to consider when deciding whether and how to create your own virtual school programs. Geared specifically to small and rural museums, the discussion will start with “why” and take you through the practicalities and promising practices that make virtual school programming successful and sustainable.

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

Register HERE
This webinar is a part of the Small Bytes initiative. 

Small Bytes: Supporting Digitization in Ontario’s Smaller and Rural Museums is an initiative of the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage.

With this initiative, the Ontario Museum Association will provide accessible, high-quality online training opportunities to build the digital capacity and skills of Ontario’s smaller and rural museums, to increase accessibility to their collections through digital initiatives. 

Find out more about the initiative HERE.
OMA Professional Development
Update: Museums in Historic Buildings Course
Visit to Waterloo Region Museum
We’re glad to be back in-person! Last week, participants in our Certificate in Museum Studies program visited Doon Heritage Village to learn about facilities management and historic buildings.

Thank you to the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum for hosting! Special thanks to Course Directors, Marc Letourneau and Ian Kerr-Wilson. Many congratulations to the 14 soon-to-be CMS graduates who participated in the course. Best wishes for your next adventure!

Learn more about the CMS program HERE.
Webinar Recording
The Digital Strategy - Intention through Application

On April 29, 2022, the OMA presented the webinar entitled "The Digital Strategy - Intention through Application," with speakers Corey Timpson and Mary-Katherine Whelan.

The webinar is part of the Small Bytes initiative. Small Bytes: Supporting Digitization in Ontario’s Smaller and Rural Museums is an initiative of the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage. Find out more about the initiative HERE.

View the presentation slides HERE
Download the Digital Strategy Check List Tool HERE. 
The webinar recording is now available online HERE.
Watch the Webinar Recording
Upcoming OMA Dates
May 20, 2022 deadline: OMA Awards of Excellence - Complete your nomination HERE.
Other PD Opportunities
Global Excellence - Interpretation Canada
Global Alliance for Heritage Interpretation

Free Webinar
Thursday May 19, 2022
12:00pm - 1:00pm ET

In Canada, interpreting within a cultural mosaic compels us to grapple with how to present multiple perspectives. We may not have permission to tell stories from cultures that aren’t our own. At the same time, we must acknowledge that every story can be seen from multiple perspectives, and presenting these perspectives is often the reason our sites exist in the first place. When interpretation seeks to help people understand and connect with viewpoints other than their own, what does that mean for us as interpreters? Join us for a discussion about the intersection of story, culture, empathy, and interpretation.

Read more and register HERE.

Greening the Arts Sector - Speaker Series 2022
Business / Arts

Zoom Webinar
Thursday May 26, 2022
3:00pm - 4:00pm ET

With Devon Hardy, Program Director of Creative Green Tools Canada (“CG Tools”), we will explore strategies for improving the sustainability of our cultural institutions. Together, we will learn about the CG Tools, a free set of carbon calculation and reporting tools that allow organizations in the arts and culture sector to record, measure and understand the impacts of their venues, offices, tours, productions, festivals and more.

Read more and register HERE.

Innovating Together: Celebrating and Driving Disability Inclusion in Canada
Employment and Social Development Canada

Virtual Workshop
May 26-27, 2022

This virtual event provides an opportunity to bring people together to exchange ideas and ground breaking insights to help shape accessible and inclusively designed communities and workplaces across Canada. The first Canadian Congress on Disability Inclusion (CCDI 2022) is more than a conference – it’s the Government of Canada’s new annual milestone event to kick-start National AccessAbility Week (NAAW) celebrations. This virtual, interactive and inclusive event is free and open to the public.

Read more and register HERE.
Respectful Workplaces in the Arts
Canadian Heritage and Cultural Human Resources Council

Virtual Workshop
Thursday June 2, 2022
10:00am - 2:00pm ET (Ontario and Manitoba)

Canadian Heritage and CHRC are offering Respectful Workplaces in the Arts workshops to encourage better workplace practices and behaviours. The workshops cover information on Provincial legislation, definitions of harassment and bullying as well as case-studies to navigate the complexities of problematic situations. These workshops are not legal nor therapy clinics, they are conversations facilitated by experienced cultural sector leaders.

Read more and register HERE.
Open Data: Reuse, Redistribution, and Risk - Symposium
American Philosophical Society

In-person and Livestreamed
June 2-3, 2022

Inspired by the "Open Data Initiative" of its Center for Digital Scholarship, the American Philosophical Society's Library & Museum will host a daylong interdisciplinary symposium on "Open Data: Reuse, Redistribution, and Risk" that explores the opportunities and challenges of open data and digital humanities. The conference is free and open to all, but registration is required to attend. All sessions will be livestreamed.

Read more and register HERE.
Self-paced Online Courses
The Canadian Conservation Institute and the Canadian Heritage Information Network

Self-paced online courses allow heritage professionals and volunteers to access detailed information on various conservation and preservation topics remotely and at their own pace. The courses are provided through a partnership with Athabasca University:

- Preservation Housekeeping for Heritage Sites and Small Museum
- Museum Collections Documentation and Data Cleaning

Read more and register HERE.

In the Media
HMCS Ojibwa, moved from Halifax to Port Burwell, aims to prove critics wrong with COVID-19 easing - CBC News
Thunder Bay Museum's new exhibit features recently donated artifacts - TBNewsWatch
Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum's latest exhibition explores waterfront history - niagaranow
Cornwall Community Museum lays out ambitious plans to expand educational services - Cornwall Standard-Freeholder
Scugog museum floating fundraiser "Canoe the Nonquon," returns in June - The Star
Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na (TTO) launches ‘Six Strings’ tour at Museum of Lennox & Addington - Kingstonist
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum readies Fairey Firefly for 50th anniversary celebration - SkiesMagazine
The City of St. Catharines celebrates the Friends of Morningstar Mill's 30th anniversary - St.Catherines
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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