Exhibiting Resilience—OMA Releases White Paper

Nov 05, 2020
This edition of ONmuseums is sponsored by RAM Digital Imaging
Need to Know
Exhibiting Resilience: Empowering Ontario’s community museums for strategic recovery

OMA Releases White Paper
The Ontario Museum Association (OMA) is pleased to share Exhibiting Resilience: Empowering Ontario’s community museums for strategic recovery. This white paper brings together specific findings and expertise from across Ontario’s museum community. Drawing on surveys of OMA members both before and during the pandemic, as well as information from the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, Canadian Heritage, and other key stakeholders, the OMA has created a profile of the state of the sector and its needs as we continue the work of Ontario’s Museums’ 2025: Strategic Vision and Action Plan

Exhibiting Resilience makes three specific recommendations to the Ontario Government. The first is for an Ontario Museum Relief Fund, valued at $8.5 million, which would support museums as they continue to navigate the revenue losses and increased operating costs brought on by COVID-19. The second recommendation is for a Digital Response Fund, valued at $10 million over three years. While the need for modernized digital strategies is particularly urgent in the time of remote work, learning, and tourism, an investment in the digital transformation of Ontario’s museums will ensure equitable access to the research, stories, and benefits that museums have to offer for years to come. Looking ahead to the long-term future of the sector, the OMA also recommends that the Government of Ontario renew the Ontario museum funding model. Raising the level of annual operating support for community museums will empower local museums to realize their mandates and serve their communities at their full potential. The OMA recommends an initial increase in sustainable operating funding for community museums to a total of $15 million annually.

Exhibiting Resilience will serve as a resource and a reference for the museum sector and the provincial government to work together to modernize the support systems for Ontario’s museums, so they continue to be essential community assets for economic, educational, cultural, and social vitality. The Ontario Museum Association stands ready to work with and on behalf of its members, and in partnership with the Government of Ontario, to develop and implement the above recommendations towards recovery. We are grateful to our members and sector partners who support us in our work to keep Ontario’s museums vibrant, inspiring, and impactful.
Download the white paper "Exhibiting Resilience" HERE
Ontario Releases
COVID-19 Response Framework
to Help Keep the Province Safe and Open

Public health unit regions will transition to the new framework
as of November 7

In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, the Ontario government has developed the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open FrameworkIt ensures that public health measures are targeted, incremental and responsive to help limit the spread of COVID-19, while keeping schools and businesses open, maintaining health system capacity and protecting vulnerable people, including those in long-term care. As of November 7, 2020, the province will transition public health unit regions to the new framework.

Read more HERE.
At the OMA
6th Annual OMA & GOEMP Trivia Night
at OMA Conference!

The Group of Ontario Emerging Museum Professionals Committee is grateful to partner with the OMA again for the 2020 Annual Conference.

We are excited to announce we will be hosting our Annual Trivia Night with a bit of a twist this year. We are going virtual! We will be using Zoom to allow everyone to have the chance to participate. Make sure to sign up and get ready to test your trivia skills!

Sign up as an individual and you will be matched with other players to form a team. It’s great chance to flex your trivia muscles and meet new people!

Everyone is welcome!

Sector News
Minister MacLeod to Host Virtual
Provincial Budget Viewing Party

Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 4 PM

On Thursday, November 5th at 4:00 p.m., join Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries for a live virtual viewing party as the Government of Ontario unveils the 2020/21 provincial budget.

Register to join the free event HERE.

Canadian War Museum launches online resources for Remembrance Day ceremonies

The Canadian War Museum has launched an online resource for Remembrance Day ceremonies, offering new, easy-to-use materials to deliver lessons and ceremonies in the classroom, at home, or in the wider community. While created primarily for educators, the resources offered by the Canadian War Museum are suited to anyone who is looking for materials to develop a Remembrance Day event.

Read more HERE.
Access the resource HERE

CanadaHelps Offers Email Templates for GivingTuesday
Stand Out in Your Donors’ Inboxes on December 1

GivingTuesday is December 1st! Our colleagues at CanadaHelps have put together email templates to help you organize how you’ll get supporters on board for the big day.

Download templates from CanadaHelps’ GivingTuesday resource centre HERE.


COVID-19: Deadlines nonprofits need to know

From Nonprofit Law Ontario: "The Government of Ontario is giving nonprofits more time to hold their board meetings or members’ meetings electronically. Nonprofits now have until May 31, 2021 to hold meetings online or by phone. They can do this even if their bylaws say they cannot."

Read more HERE.

Notice of a Special General Meeting

Date: December 4, 2020 @ 12:00 p.m. ET
Location: Online, details for registration, login and voting to come

A Special General Meeting (SGM) of the members of the CMA is being called to review and conduct a membership vote of proposed changes to the CMA’s bylaws.

Details for registration, login and voting to come. 
Learn more about the CMA HERE.

In the Media

Bruce County's Riding the Rails exhibit recognized by Ontario Museum Association

Grey Roots earns provincial award for firefighting exhibit
Stouffville museum takes home award for exhibition on 16th century Huron-Wendat site
Middleville Museum curator wins important award
Learning about Treaties Recognition Week at Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre
Orillia Museum of Art & History provides a creative way to get outside
Niagara Falls History Museum exhibits 11,000 hand-knitted poppies
Art Gallery of Ontario announces new department of Arts of Global Africa and the Diaspora
New and Renewing OMA Members
1000 Islands History Museum
Algonquin College - Applied Museum Studies Program
Brant Historical Society
Bruce Mines and District Historical Society
Buxton National Historic Site and Museum
Campbell House Museum
Central Manitoulin Historical Society
Dundas Museum and Archives
Fleming College-Heritage Programs
Grey Roots Museum and Archives
Haliburton Sculpture Forest
Ingersoll Cheese and Agricultural Museum
Marsh Canada Limited
Minden Hills Museum
Moore Museum
Museoparc Vanier Museopark
Museums of Mississauga
National Gallery of Canada
Oakville Museum
Oshawa Aeronautical Military and Industrial Museum - Ontario Regiment RCAC Museum
Ottawa Museum Network
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25 Military Museum
Simcoe County Museum
The Elgin Military Museum
Thunder Bay Museum
Varley Art Gallery of Markham
Welland Historical Museum
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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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Executive Director

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