Join us online Monday Nov. 21 for OMAConf2022

Nov 17, 2022
Join us online Monday November 21!
OMA Annual Conference 2022  
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! We look forward to gathering with you at OMA Annual Conference:
  • Monday, November 21, 2022 Online – Full day of interactive online sessions
Learn about the Registration Terms, Conditions & Refund Policy HERE.
Register Today!
Discover the fascinating speakers, sessions and exhibitors at Conference:
See the full Program
Join us Friday, November 18th from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm to learn about the OMA's Conference Online Portal, Pheedloop. Make the most of your online experience! 

The conference online portal contains information about the sessions, speakers, and exhibitors, and is a central place for your participation on November 21. 

In this open office hour, you'll be able to see what our sessions will look like by joining a test webinar. OMA staff will be standing by to assist with technical difficulties!

Join us in Pheedloop at 10:30am!
The OMA Team is Here to Help
If you have any questions or need assistance prior to or during the Conference
please send us an email to or
call us at 416-348-8672 or toll-free in Ontario 1-866-662-8672.
We're pleased to partner with The Group of Ontario Emerging Museum Professionals (GOEMP) for our annual Trivia Night on Monday, November 21, at 7:00 pm via Zoom.

This activity is for the up-and-comers and established professionals in the art, culture, and heritage sectors. We’ll cover topics such as local history, current events, exhibition oddities, and all the wonderful things happening right now in the museum world.

Join us for a fun-filled evening. Not only will this be a great networking opportunity, but you may also learn a thing or two!

This online event is free; however, registration is required:.

Read more and register HERE!
Partners & Exhibitors
* as of November 15
Need to Know
Young Canada Works applications are open!
First deadline is January 20th, 2023

Young Canada Works (YCW) offers eligible employers wage subsidies and access to a pool of talented youth with innovative ideas and competitive skills. The YCW program is delivered through two components:

Employment programs

  • Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations
  • Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages

Internship programs

  • Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage
  • Young Canada Works at Building Careers in English and French

Canadian heritage organizations can now submit funding applications for 2023-2024. Deadline to apply is January 20, 2023.

Read eligibility requirements and learn how to submit your application HERE.
For questions:

OMA Professional Development
Registration is open! Spaces are available!
Upcoming Certificate in Museum Studies Courses

Care of Collections
Dates: January 16 - April 2, 2023
Format: Online
Director: Carmen Li, Royal Alberta Museum
*The CMS course Artifacts is a prerequisite for Care of Collections

Exhibit Planning & Design
Dates: January 16 - March 26, 2023
Format: Online
Director: Meredith Leonard, City of Hamilton

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.
Questions? Email

Upcoming CCI Webinar:
Photography on a Dime - Thrifty Tools and Free Software for Heritage Professionals 

Canadian Conservation Institute, Ontario Museum Association and Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries

Webinar 1: February 9, 2023 (1:00 - 3:00 PM ET)
Webinar 2: February 16, 2023 (1:00 - 3:00 PM ET)

Registration fee required 
Registration opens Dec. 15, 2022 

This Canadian Conservation Institute webinar series is co-presented by the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) and Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries (GOG). Interested participants are those who are currently or will be involved in photodocumentation projects within a heritage institution. In these two webinars, CCI photographers will:

  • share ideas on how to fabricate studio equipment from common household items when working with a small budget,
  • highlight valuable open-source software programs and demonstrate their key features for editing cultural heritage images and
  • discuss the inexpensive tools that they use in the CCI studio. 
Upcoming OMA Dates
Other PD Opportunities
Upcoming Webinar:
Getting Ready to Fundraise for
Your Heritage Place

The National Trust for Canada

Free online
Friday November 18, 2022
1:00 - 1:45 PM
Registration required

In this fundraising webinar, learn how to create your fundraising plan – from setting goals, to choosing strategies that fit your resources, establishing budgets and timelines, and building a volunteer team. Get ready to fundraise for your heritage place! This introduction to fundraising will benefit organization leaders and staff involved in fundraising, volunteers, board members, & committee chairs.

Read more and register HERE.

Upcoming Talk:
Art Fraud and the Group of Seven

The Art Canada Institute

Online Zoom talk and Q&A
Monday November 28, 2022
5:00 PM

In his new book, The Great Canadian Art Fraud Case, Jon S. Dellandrea, author and Chair Emeritus of the Art Canada Institute Board of Directors, delves into the scandalous 1962–64 court case that addressed how, in the late-1950s, forgeries of works by many of this country’s greatest artists began appearing on gallery walls, in auction houses, and in the homes of art collectors and luminaries across Canada. In this talk Dellandrea reveals the importance of this too-little-known story of scandal, intrigue, and mystery to this country’s art world.

Read more HERE.

Safe Space for Diversity Webinar Series
Archives Association of Ontario

The safe space virtual sessions are safe spaces set aside and reserved for archives workers and records managers from historically excluded groups in our profession to connect with one another in an informal, participant-driven environment. 

These sessions are open to students, emerging, and established professionals, as well as those working in volunteer and activist roles.

Safe Spaces for BIPOC Records Professionals
December 5, 2022

Safe Spaces for LGBTQ2S+ Records Professionals
December 6, 2022

Safe Spaces for Archival Workers with Disabilities, Chronic Illnesses, and the Neurodivergent
December 8, 2022

Read more HERE.

Creating Engaging Online Experiences Course
Digital Museums Canada and Athabasca University

Digital Museums Canada (DMC) and Athabasca University (AU) share a common goal of supporting the Canadian museum and heritage community in building and strengthening their digital capacities. This course is designed to enhance digital skills, provide a solid understanding of the elements of a strong online project, and position learners for digital success in a changing world. This course takes approximately 2 hours to complete. 

Read more HERE.
International Climate Control Conference
Ki Culture and Gallery Climate Coalition

As we know, climate control is one of the most carbon-intensive practices in the art world. In the 1970s, scientific research showed that using “preventive conservation,” a new approach to collections care, conservators could prolong the life of material objects by keeping them in ideal climatic conditions (temperature and relative humidity levels). Museums, galleries, transportation companies and other art stakeholders around the world jumped on this bandwagon and switched to climate controlled environments. Over the last 20 years, however, continued scientific research has shown that actually, climate control ranges don’t need to be as stringent as originally thought.

Despite the fact that climate control requires immense amounts of energy, and in the face of the climate crisis and energy crisis, many museums are still reluctant to make the change, or feel they are not able to because of international loan agreements and requirements from other institutions.

This is a collective problem and needs a collective solution. This 2 day online event will highlight the issues and solutions for climate control in the sector. This conference-style event will showcase latest research and scientific data, highlighting best practice in the field, and bringing together all stakeholders for a holistic view on the issue. Sessions will include keynote speakers, panel sessions, and case study/best practice presentations.

This is an online event and is free for all participants. Sessions will be recorded. Follow KC and GCC Social Media for full schedule and information about our speakers and guests!

Day 1 - December 1, 2022
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM (EST)

Day 2 - December 2, 2022
1:00 AM - 8:00 AM (EST)

Read more and register HERE.
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OMA's 50th Anniversary
2022 is the Ontario Museum Association’s 50th Anniversary! We are celebrating 50 years of advancing a strong museum sector for Ontario with staff and volunteers from the province’s 700 museums, galleries, and heritage sites. To commemorate this occasion, we are hosting a year-long series of online activities, culminating at the OMA Annual Conference 2022 in November.
We welcome everyone to join the celebration of our 50th anniversary
and to visit a museum near you!

Learn more about our 50th Anniversary HERE.

Current and former OMA council members joined together for a photograph at the OMA Annual Conference to celebrate the OMA's 50th Anniversary!
Make a donation to the OMA!

Whether you choose to give the price of a cup of coffee or donate $50 for 50 years, any and all donations are appreciated.

We thank you for your donation in support of the OMA's ongoing operations!
Donate HERE
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As museums across Ontario face the challenges of reopening safely and renewing relationships with your communities, the OMA is here for you. Your support, participation, and membership make our work possible.

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. Thank you for your support!
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