#OMAConf2022 Program Announcement

Aug 19, 2022


August 19, 2022
#OMAConf2022: Program Now Available
Let’s get together!

As we celebrate the OMA’s 50th Anniversary, the OMA and the Conference Program Committee are thrilled to share a 2022 OMA Annual Conference that is exciting and accessible!

We are so glad to see each other again and we are committed to gathering safely.

Read on to discover the fascinating speakerssessions and exhibitors, and stay tuned for more updates!
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Keynote Highlight

Dorota Blumczyńska
CEO, Manitoba Museum

Joining the Manitoba Museum offered Dorota the opportunity to fulfill her purpose of celebrating our shared humanity. In the midst of COVID and the resulting uncertainty, Dorota brought visionary leadership, great enthusiasm, and renewed hope for the future. Having personally experienced the Manitoba Museum as a child refugee, she believes it has the opportunity to meaningfully contribute to inclusivity and community cohesion, leaning into its purpose as a living institution and centre for intercultural dialogue.

Prior to coming to the Manitoba Museum, Dorota was the Executive Director of the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba Inc. During her thirteen-year tenure, Dorota led the organization through a period of rapid growth, innovation, and increased impact and influence. Her deep sense of social justice and equity shaped her leadership of one of Manitoba’s largest and most dynamic settlement and community development organizations.
Session Highlight
Monday November 7
Prioritizing Relationships:
Practical Strategies for Community Building
in Museum Management, Exhibitions, Policy & Programs
Speakers: Armando Perla (Chief Curator, Toronto History Museums), Heather George (Curator, Woodland Cultural Centre), Raven Spiratos (Curator in Residence, BAND Gallery), and Sam Cronk (Head of Content and Visitor Experience, Ken Seiling Region of Waterloo Museum)

Drawing on professional experiences from museums across Ontario, our panel discusses practical approaches, challenges and opportunities for prioritizing and evaluating effective community-building through exhibits, policy, programs and staffing. Our focus is “relationality” – an extended sense of kinship foundational to Indigenous philosophies that emphasizes accountability and centres anti-racist and anti-colonial research and knowledge sharing.
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Session Highlight
Monday November 21
The ABC’s of Podcasting:
"Hear Our Stories" and Embracing Change
Speakers: Harkamal Kaur Ajrha (Podcast Co-Creator, City of Waterloo Museum), Julia Barclay (Museum Technician, City of Waterloo Museum), Karen Vandenbrink (Manager, Museum and Archival Collections, City of Waterloo Museum) and Sarah Cozzarin (Hear Our Stories Podcast Guest)

In this session, podcast hosts Harkamal Ajrha, Julia Barclay, and Sarah Cozzarin will discuss the processes behind the Hear Our Stories Podcast, a project hosted by the City of Waterloo Museum that shares stories from the 2SLGBTQIA+ community in Kitchener-Waterloo. Attendees will learn about the strategies employed by the project team for effective community engagement and how they embraced change in order to do so from the perspectives of project supervisor, team, and participant.
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Early-bird rates until Sept. 12th

Join us in-person!
Monday, November 7, 2022 - Full day
Hamilton Convention Centre

Stay tuned! Hamilton activities and planned Study Tours will be held on November 8.

Join us online!
Monday, November 7, 2022 – select sessions will be live-streamed
Monday, November 21, 2022 – Full day of interactive online sessions

Learn about fully Subsidized Registrations HERE.

Book Your Accommodation for the In-person Conference HERE.
Sheraton Hamilton Hotel

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Health & Wellbeing
Policies and Practices

The Ontario Museum Association continues to follow federal and provincial COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. In an evolving pandemic, the OMA and its members recognize that circumstances are subject to change.

Masks: We strongly encourage all participants to wear a mask at the conference when not eating or drinking.

Social distancing: For the comfort of all participants, please ask permission before making physical contact (i.e., shaking hands).

Self-Assessment: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please do not attend the conference.

Acknowledgement of Risk: While the purpose of the Ontario Museum Association’s health and wellbeing recommendations is to keep its conference participants safe, COVID-19 exposure remains a risk in any public space. By attending the OMA’s in-person event, registrants assume the risk of exposure.

Wellbeing Support: In addition to physical precautions, the Ontario Museum Association is committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of the conference participants. The in-person conference will feature a "Recharging Room," intended to be a quiet, relaxing, and restorative space for participants to visit throughout the day. The OMA plans to incorporate mindfulness and movement activities into the in-person and virtual conference programs. The OMA encourages participants to help make the conference a welcoming, comfortable environment by listening to and supporting one another.

Announcements will be made closer to the date and at the beginning of the conference to remind participants of health and wellbeing recommendations.

Learn about the Registration Terms, Conditions & Refund Policy HERE.

Contact Us:
Email: conference@museumsontario.ca
Tel: 416-348-8672
Toll-free in Ontario: 1-866-662-8672

Partners & Exhibitors
Meet our Partners & Exhibitors
Ontario Museum Association
Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Toll-free in ON: 1-866-662-8672
Phone: 416-348-8672
As an organization of provincial scope, the Ontario Museum Association recognizes that its members and community live and work on the lands and territories of Indigenous peoples. Toronto, where the OMA offices are located, is the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, Haudenosaunee and the Huron Wendat. We wish to express our gratitude for the resources we are using and pay respect to the rich and ongoing Indigenous history of what is now Ontario and Canada.
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