Mar. 9 Online Exhibits Webinar

Mar 02, 2023
At the OMA
May is Museum Month / Mai, mois des musées
Show how museums support sustainability and wellbeing!

May is Museum Month / Mai, mois des musées is a program of the Ontario Museum Association and celebrated by Ontario’s 700+ museums, galleries, and heritage sites. It is an opportunity to celebrate the vital contributions of museums to the recovery and rebuilding of Ontario and to kick-off 2023’s summer tourism season! 
May is Museum Month coincides with International Museum Day on May 18th. With this year’s theme of “Museums, Sustainability and Wellbeing”, we want to encourage all Ontarians to come together and realize the full transformative potential that museums have for sustainable development and wellbeing!
How to Participate
  • Request a proclamation that "May is Museum Month" from your Municipality. Download OMA's request letter template and draft proclamation (read through, and fill out the highlighted sections). Be sure to cc the OMA on your email (
  • Use the OMA graphic template to share your museum's happenings on social media (Access our graphics on Canva or download the PNG files HERE). Be sure to tag us @MuseumsOntario and use the hashtags #ONMuseumMonth and #MuseumsConnectON
  • Promote your upcoming/ongoing exhibitions, programs and events in our Discover Ontario Museums listings (Read the User's Guide HERE)
  • Use the OMA May is Museum Month 2023 wordmark on your website and publications, and forward to your local media outlets (Download the MMM 2023 wordmark HERE)

Access OMA's communications toolkit HERE.

Access the Communications Toolkit
Access our graphics in Canva or download the PNG files HERE
Graphic featuring Old Stone Mill | Delta Mill Society 
Register HERE

Upcoming Webinar:
 Approaches to Online Exhibits
Small Bytes Webinar Series

Thursday March 9, 2023
11:00 AM ET to 12:30 PM (90 minutes) 

The Big Pivot of the pandemic made Ontario museums’ online exhibits even more important, and many museums embraced online platforms for the first time. To meet the needs of a growing audience for these digital experiences, how can museums leverage their new digital skills and knowledge of in-person exhibits to create compelling online content?

Hear from museums of all sizes as our experienced presenters take us through the challenges, successes, and future of their online exhibits, and how these projects connect museums to their communities in a digital space.

With a Q&A moderated by Sarah Beam-Borg, bring your questions about how your museum can approach an online exhibit!

  • Peter Pavement, CEO at Surface Impression
  • Kendra Campbell, Interpretive Planner at the Royal Ontario Museum
  • Natalie Wood, Curator/Director at Brockville Museum
Read more and register HERE.
This project has been made possible in part by           the Government of Canada.
Register HERE
OMA Annual Conference 2022 Recordings
Members can watch Nov. 7 & 21 session recordings now!

Thank you for your participation in OMA Annual Conference 2022! We are excited to share with our members the recordings of Conference sessions - including livestreamed sessions from the plenary room on Nov. 7 and all sessions on Nov. 21.
Living in Relation: A Story of Indigenous Partnership and a Process of Decolonizing

Speaker: Amber Holmes (Naawayaa), County of Wellington

Wellington County Museum and Archives, in collaboration with our Indigenous Partner Amber Holmes (Naawayaa) unveiled a new exhibit, “Living in Relation” which provides engaging opportunities and connection through Anishinaabe teachings, worldviews and land-based pedagogies. This collaboration has opened up new perspectives on museum processes and practices, has created examples for collaboration with Indigenous communities, and demonstrates what decolonizing can look like in museum settings.

Watch the session recording HERE.

Sector News
 The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell 
presents the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Awards

On February 23, 2023 the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and John Ecker, Chair, Board of Directors, Ontario Heritage Trust, presented the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Awards to those who made exceptional contributions to cultural and natural heritage conservation, environmental sustainability and biodiversity in 2022. Recipients include:
  • The Historic Sault Ste. Marie Métis Council received a Community Leadership Award for its work in creating the Sault Ste. Marie Métis Centre.
  • The Massey Hall Revitalization Project (Toronto), The Block-by-Block Program (Toronto)
  • The Points of Pride Virtual Exhibition (Hamilton) received Excellence in Conservation Awards

"...When Ontarians are given the opportunity to discover and interact with cultural, political, architectural, technological and environmental history they are more likely to better understand the world around us and better equipped to shape the path forward in a responsible way." — Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario 

"I'm proud to recognize and congratulate the recipients of this year's Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Awards. These exceptional individuals and organizations have shown incredible dedication to the preservation of Ontario's rich heritage, connecting us to our past and contributing to our pride of place." — Michael Ford, Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism

Read more HERE.

Media Coverage

The Historic Sault Ste. Marie Métis Council is looking forward to a busy year - CTV News

Shirley Horn received the Thomas Symons Award for Commitment to Conservation for raising awareness about Canada’s residential schools - The Sault Star

Jocelyn Kuntsi of Manitowaning has been awarded a Youth Achievement Award by Ontario Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell - 
Sudbury's sister attraction to Science North aims to tell a 'modern mining' story
Northern Ontario Business
A premier Sudbury tourist attraction is undergoing a major renewal this year, one that its CEO calls “transformational,” both for the city and for the mining and tourism industries. This project is a $10-million, multi-year construction and development endeavour to modernize Dynamic Earth, the sister attraction to Science North.

The plan involves new construction at the Big Nickel Road site, as well as additional programming and educational materials that will be accessed by users across Northern Ontario and Canada.

“It's not just a new gallery here, or just a new drift,” said Ashley Larose, the organization's CEO. "This is the biggest capital expansion that we've undertaken since we built Dynamic Earth in 2001. It's just so exciting.”

Read more HERE.
Norfolk County launches new online database bringing together 350,000 historical artifacts
Hamilton Spectator 

Norfolk County's new online museum portal, which launched on Feb. 20 to kick off Ontario Heritage Week, assembles images and descriptions of artifacts from the county’s archives and three museums in one publicly accessible place. Over the coming months, detailed listings for approximately 350,000 objects, photographs, works of art and archival documents will be added to the searchable database.

“We were blown away, when the merge first happened in September after months and months of work, by just how many artifacts we have in the collection when you combine the four sites together,” said James Christison, curator of the Waterford Heritage and Agricultural Museum.

Read more HERE.
Upcoming webinar - Investing in Yourself: Building a Museum Portfolio
Emerging Museum Professionals / Professionals Emerging Museums Canada

Online, free
Thursday March 9, 2023
8:00PM ET

ECC and EMPC Canada are co-hosting a webinar to help emerging conservators and museum professionals develop their professional portfolios. Speakers: Aly Singh, Selin Kahramanoğlu, Kassidy Kingston, Madeline Smolarz

Read more and register HERE.

Upcoming webinar - Honouring & Amplifying Interconnections: How Museum London Will Meet This Moment
The School for Advanced Studies in the Arts & Humanities at Western University 

Thursday March 9, 2023
4:00PM ET

Julie Bevan is a passionate leader and a believer in museums as places of belonging, imagination, and transformation. In 2022 she joined Museum London as Executive Director. Before coming to London, ON, Julie spent over a decade in Nanaimo, BC, on Snuneymuxw territory, where she served in roles at the City of Nanaimo and Nanaimo Art Gallery, collaborating with artists and creative teams to realize contemporary art projects and learning programs, revitalizing cultural spaces, and building organizational capacity and community.

Read more and register HERE.
Upcoming webinar - Metadata Best Practices for Trans and Gender Diverse Resources:
Examples and Implementation (Part 2)

Maskwacis Cultural College

Friday March 3, 2023
1:00-2:00PM MT (Edmonton)

This session is a follow-up to a previous presentation, which covered the major guidelines in the Trans Metadata Collective’s Report and began exploring implementation in various local institutional contexts. The report provides concrete actionable guidelines that can be used by metadata professionals with a range of backgrounds and working in a range of institution types, and includes both general principles that can be applied in any information context and more in-depth technical guidelines for specific domains. 

Responding to participant feedback, the presenters (Jackson Huang and Devon Murphy) will go into further depth on the guidelines, providing examples from across the cultural heritage spectrum. Space for discussion will also be included, with participants encouraged to bring their own cataloging or implementation scenarios.

Read more and register HERE.

International Women's Day Events
Museums across Ontario are recognizing March as Women's History Month and
March 8th as International Women's Day through numerous exhibits, programs,
and special events.

Until Mar. 18 Stereotype Smash: 2nd Annual Art Exhibit in recognition of International Women's Day, King Heritage & Cultural Centre
Mar. 3 Trivia Night: Trailblazing Women in Canada, Joseph Brant Museum
Mar. 6 History of Women in Lambton County, Sarnia Library Theatre
Mar. 8 Black Women In Leadership: Living Library with BAND Gallery and Cultural Centre, City of Toronto Archives
Mar. 8 #EmbraceEquity: International Women's Day, The Town of Collingwood
Mar. 8 International Women's Day Celebration, jointly presented by University of Toronto, The Iranian Women Organization of Ontario, The Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Institute of Iranian Studies, and Royal Ontario Museum
Mar. 8 Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day with Haldimand Museums, Edinburgh Square Heritage and Cultural Centre
Mar. 8 Smashing Barriers - Fostering the Entrepreneurial Mindset, Museum London
Mar. 8 Embracing Equity - International Women's Day Breakfast Meeting with Isabella Baboury, Muskoka Steamships and Discovery Centre
Mar. 9 History of Women's Institutions in Lambton County with Lambton County Archives, Alvinston Library
Mar. 24 ROM After Dark: Humanity, a celebration of Women’s History Month and International Transgender Day of Visibility, Royal Ontario Museum
Apr. 29 - Jul. 22 26th Annual International Women's Day Art Show, Orillia Museum of Art & History

The Government of Canada’s theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) 2023 is Every Woman Counts. It’s a reminder that all women, from all ages and walks of life, have a place in every aspect of Canadian society, including in the economic, social and democratic spheres.

Ways to get involved:

Colleague Updates
Carolyn Cross is welcomed in her new role as Supervisor of the Oakville Museum. Since 2005, her engaging and creative exhibits have brought Oakville's stories to life.

Read more HERE.
Kat Akerfeldt has joined the Oshawa Museum team as Executive Director. Previously, Kat was ED at Toronto’s First Post Office and has over 20 years of experience in small museums.

Read more HERE.
Liz Ikiriko has been appointed to the inaugural position of Curator, Collections and Art in Public Spaces at The Art Museum. Ikiriko comes to the Art Museum at the University of Toronto with over 15 years of experience working with national institutions and museums.

Read more HERE.
Dr. Karen Dodds has recently been announced as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Canadian Museum of Nature. Dr. Dodds joins the museum’s governing board following her appointment by the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Read more HERE.
Bonnie Johnston has been awarded with Port Colborne’s inaugural Award of Excellence. Alongside her work in the museum auxiliary, Johnston also spent 40 years as a museum board member.

Read more HERE.
Duke Chang has been announced as CanadaHelps' new President and CEO, Duke Chang. Chang will lead CanadaHelps as it advances its mission to increase giving in Canada by informing, inspiring, and connecting donors and charities.

Read more HERE.
Barbara Gilbert, associate Francophone arts officer of Ontario Arts Council, has been named acting media arts officer. Barbara previously worked as a Project Manager at the OMA.

Read more HERE.
In Memoriam
Laurence J. "Laurie" Beavis passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on February 13, 2023, at the age of 95. In retirement, Laurie was a volunteer member of the Elgin Military Museum.

Read more HERE.
Peter Herrndorf, an influential Canadian journalist and news programmer who later headed the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, has died at age 82. The NAC's flags will fly at half-mast all of February in his honour.

Read more HERE.
Dini Cameron, recognized international expert in weave design theory, has passed on February 11 at the age of 87. She founded Cameron Fibre Arts to develop and advance the use of computers in designing complex weave structures.

Read more HERE.
Denise Leclerc, former long-time curator of modern Canadian art at the National Gallery of Canada, passed away February 19 at the age of 75. She obtained an M.A. in Art History from the University of Montreal. Denise then moved to Ottawa to teach at Algonquin College before pursuing a career at the National Gallery of Canada, where she was curator of modern Canadian art until her retirement in 2011.

Read more HERE.
In the Media
Guest curator to visit Museum of Northern History
Mural project to honour local Black history
The African Canadian Heritage Tour tells the story of Black history in southwestern Ontario
Man reconnects with birth family, uncovers long, rich history in Canada with visit to Amherstburg Freedom Museum
Family Day at the Bruce County Museum a big hit
Five Questions with Jim Brownell, President of Lost Villages Historical Society
5 Small Towns in Ontario for your next road trip
New exhibit at St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre highlights the city’s Black history
Black Owned Toronto hosts pop-up market at the Art Gallery of Ontario
Mystery Quilt Returns Home to Echo Bay After 93 Years
What's On
Dundurn National Historic Site
Shell Shocked: The Canadian Soldiers’ Long Road to Recovery
Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre
All About Ice
Hutchison House Museum
Murder Mystery at Hutchison House Museum
Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology
World Water Day
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Job Postings and Events
Museums of Burlington

Deadline: Mar 03, 2023

Read more HERE.
Museum Assistant
Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Deadline: Mar 05, 2023
$16.50 per hour

Read more HERE.
Museum Deaccessioning Assistant
Township of North Huron

Deadline: Mar 06, 2023
$18.20-$22.75/ hour

Read more HERE.
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