New Year's Message from the OMA

Dec 30, 2021
Happy New Year from
the Ontario Museum Association!

We thank all of our members and partners for their support and engagement over the last year, and we wish everyone a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season! The OMA office remains closed and will open on January 4, 2022. We look forward to reconnecting
with you in the new year!
At the OMA
Holiday Playlist: OMA Recordings

As our gift to you, the OMA has a playlist of museum professional development! As 2021 comes to a close and we reflect on the past year, we know that community is more important than ever. We've compiled a list of recordings from conferences, symposia, and webinars to keep you in touch with the Ontario museum community and provide inspiration in working with your local community and partners. 
  • Access, Engagement & Knowledge: Community Collaborations with the Canadian Museum of History at ICS
    • This panel highlights collaborative projects from across the Canadian Museum of History and provides examples of community access to cultural material, conducting collaborative research, and incorporating Indigenous perspectives into the documentation and care of collections.
  • Community Based Collections at the Indigenous Collections Symposium 2021
    • This session explores the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Pimadjiwowinogamig’s role within the community when dealing with artifacts, and how to overcome struggles to achieve successes, and strategies cultural centres, small museums, or those who want to make a cultural centre, can implement to achieve museum standards.
  • Local Partnerships Working Towards Global Issues at OMA Annual Conference 2020
    • This session discusses how museum programming associated with Lambton Heritage Museum's 2019 feature exhibit brought in community partners that engaged visitors with many UN Sustainable Development Goals. Additionally, the ways these partners helped the museum promote sustainable forest management are also discussed.
  • Myseum of Toronto - The Success of Partnerships at OMA Annual Conference 2020
    • This sessions presents the successes of a Myseum project called "Wigwam Chi-Chemung", a floating art installation and Indigenous learning centre in Toronto. The presentation focusses on the importance of partnerships and how they can be formed and leveraged within the Museum sector.
  • OMA GOEMP Confessions Webinar
    • This project invites colleagues to share anonymously written postcards about studying and working in the cultural sector. Submissions pose questions, share frustrations, and tell stories about the workplace, educational training, experiences, and failures within the arts, culture, and heritage community.
  • The View from the Middle: Mid-Career Museum Professionals at OMA Annual Conference 2020
    • In this world cafe styled session, we invited those who self-identify as MCPs to share their thoughts and experiences, while brainstorming solutions to common issues and challenges faced by this cohort.
  • Webinar: Collecting Community Responses to COVID-19
    • Three museum professionals, an Archivist, a Collections Manager, and a Curator, talk about how they are approaching the challenge of documenting the COVID-19 pandemic as it happens, planning for future collecting, and taking care of themselves and their communities in the process.
View more recordings on the OMA YouTube HERE
Resource: ONmuseums Archive

Your OMA membership gives you access to all kinds of resources, webinars, promotional opportunities and more! As you look forward to a new year over the holidays, you can look back at the past year's opportunities, news, and resources by visiting the OMA's archive of ONmuseums and eNews Alerts. 

Find all editions of ONmuseums and eNews Alerts HERE

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Support Ontario’s Museums
this Holiday Season!

As museums across Ontario face the challenges of reopening safely and renewing relationships with your communities, the OMA is here for you, now and as we move forward.

This year, 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. 
  • hosted our second virtual edition of the OMA Annual Conference and ensured all members could access the Annual Conference by offering fully subsidized registration.
  • increased access by providing bursaries for the 2021 Indigenous Collections Symposium and increased the Certificate in Museum Studies course bursary from 1 to 5 students for this year.
  • 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.
    • 36 eNews Alerts to date in 2021
    • 52 ONmuseums e-newsletters per year
Your support, participation, and membership make our work possible.
You can make a tax-deductible donation to the OMA on our website or through Canada Helps. Every contribution is giving forward, not giving back, by adding to the collective strength of our sector and investing in a vibrant future for the next generation of museum professionals. You can help us build a more resilient museum sector. 

If you are already an OMA member, thank you! Please renew your membership when you receive an email reminder.

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