Join us in empowering Ontario’s Museums!

Nov 30, 2021
Support the OMA this #GivingTuesday

The Ontario Museum Association is participating in #GivingTuesday! It’s a global movement of giving across organizations, families, and individuals alike. Today, you have the opportunity to participate in this international day of generosity and support the OMA as we continue our work to keep Ontario’s museums vibrant and vital in the face of pandemic challenges and beyond.

Here are some of the ways we were able to support the museum sector this year:

  • We successfully advocated for investment to facilitate the digital response of museums to the pandemic. This resulted in the province’s additional $2 million investment within the fiscal year and, from Canadian Heritage, the addition of the Digital Access to Heritage component of the Museums Assistance Program. 
  • We provided timely and relevant information to our members as news, regulations, and updates were released, ensuring that our members stayed up-to-date on changing legislation and requirements.
    • 32 eNews Alerts to date in 2021
    • 52 ONmuseums e-newsletters per year
  • We delivered webinars at no cost to members about responding to the pandemic, safely reopening, and professional development. 
"[The OMA's] service and dedication, particularly over this past year, have allowed me more time and the opportunity, once in a while, to catch my breath. I've felt you've had my back."
From left to right: John Bell, Bruce Borysiuk, and Sarah Hill of Canadian Heritage giving an overview and Q&A
about the Museums Assistance Program on October 19, 2021.
  • We facilitated member check-ins to ensure our members and the museum community were able to connect amidst the challenges brought on by COVID-19.  
  • We hosted our second virtual edition of the OMA Annual Conference, bringing together some the sector's leading thinkers and innovators, and we ensured all members could access the Annual Conference by offering fully subsidized registration.
"I think OMA has done a really good job at advocating and keeping us all informed, that kind of continued support, resources, even the great reminders .. all helps as we navigate through this ongoing crisis."
Panelists from "Perspectives on Reopening, Recovery, and Reimagination" at the 2021 Annual Conference. From left to right: Scott Beck (President and CEO, Destination Toronto), Beth Hanna (CEO, Ontario Heritage Trust), and Cheryl Blackman (Interim General Manager, Economic Development and Culture, City of Toronto). 
"I was very grateful that OMA and its sponsors recognized the financial hardships many in the GLAM sector have been facing, and were able to provide subsidies to participants."
  • We provided bursaries for the 2021 Indigenous Collections Symposium, and increased the Certificate in Museum Studies course bursary from 1 to 5 students for this year.
Stills of speakers from the 2021 Indigenous Collections Symposium from left to right: Renee Dillard (Weaver & Knowledge-keeper, Enji-Naabiigigeying Studio), Heather George (Guest Curator, Woodland Cultural Centre), and Jenelle Doyle (Archivist, Library and Archives Canada). 
“Huge thanks to the Elders, presenters, sensitive and thoughtful moderators, and everyone who organized - you've offered so much good food for thought and motivation for action!”
We are so thankful to all of our supporters who make our work possible. With your help, the OMA will continue empowering Ontario’s museums through key advocacy initiatives, enriching the sector with professional development opportunities, and connecting museum professionals, volunteers, institutions, and enthusiasts from across the province.

Here are a few simple ways you can join us in spreading kindness today:

  • Consider making a gift to the OMA in honor of #GivingTuesday. You can choose what your gift will contribute to: our general operations, professional development, or advocacy initiatives.
  • Help us get the word out on social media by engaging with us on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Share photos on your social platform about what Ontario’s museums mean to you. Tag us and use the hashtag "#MuseumsOntario"!
  • Find out about volunteering opportunities at your local community museum, gallery, or heritage site.
  • Do something kind for another person, help a neighbor in need, thank our frontline workers, or donate blood.

Thanks to you, we will continue supporting Ontario’s museums when they need it most. 

"The OMA has been a great support to the museum community through COVID and we appreciate all that the OMA staff does - keep up the great work!!"
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The OMA Team
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