ONCA-- Plan Your Transition

Nov 18, 2021
This issue of ONmuseums is brought to you by: Lucidea
Need to Know
Webinar: Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act - Planning the transition for your museum
with Community Legal Education Ontario

Free Webinar
Friday, December 3, 2021
10:00am - 11:15am ET

Ontario’s Not-for-profit Corporations Act (ONCA) was proclaimed on October 19th, 2021. Nonprofits will have 3 years to update their bylaws and letters patent to comply with ONCA. This webinar will walk through what is new in the ONCA, steps nonprofits need to take to transition to the ONCA, and how CLEO’s free resources can help you create ONCA compliant bylaws from scratch or adapt your current bylaws. To learn more about the ONCA visit nonprofitlaw.cleo.on.ca  

Speaker: Benjamin Miller 
Benjamin Miller (he/him) is a staff lawyer on the Nonprofit Law Ontario project of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) where he focused on nonprofit and charity law and policy. Over the past 4 years at CLEO, Benjamin has answered hundreds of nonprofit law questions and developed an online interactive bylaw builder for the ONCA. Benjamin also works at the Ontario Nonprofit Network and has worked at the Canada Revenue Agency in the past. Benjamin holds a JD and MPP from the University of Toronto and an MA in political theory from the University of Ottawa.
Register HERE
OMA Professional Development
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Talking Change, Taking Charge:
Déjà Brew – Connections, Conversation, and Coffee

The OMA conference is a time and place to connect with friends and colleagues, but the pandemic has prevented many of us from connecting with one another in person for two years! In this session we hope to reunite and reconnect the museum sector in a more casual way and have those conversations that we have been missing. Join us in Déjà Brew – Connections, Conversation, and Coffee where we reminisce and reconnect.
Talking Change, Taking Charge: Supporting a Diverse Workforce

Museums would be nothing without all their incredible volunteers and staff. But not all museum workers are the same. Each worker is an individual with their own unique perspectives and experiences. Conference attendees who join this session will meet and brainstorm with museum professionals at different stages in their careers. Join Angela Cassie, the Vice-President of Strategic Transformation and Inclusion at the National Gallery of Canada, the Group of Ontario Emerging Museum Professionals’ Madeline Smolarz, University of Toronto's Museum Professionals of Colour’s Jingshu Helen Yao, and a representative of the Ontario Museum Professionals mid-career group in exploring how museums can support and nurture a diverse workforce. This session will focus on museum workers as individuals navigating their museum careers and doing so in ways that are mindful of all the identities they bring to their work.

Read the speakers' bios HERE.
Talking Change, Taking Charge: Ontario Museum Operational Funding: Where are we going?

The chronic underfunding of Ontario’s museum sector exacerbated the impact of pandemic closures for museums, particularly the limitations of provincial operating funding. After hearing from our sector, Ontario’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs recommended to “Bolster the Community Museum Operating Grant program” in 2020. 
Hear about the OMA’s ongoing advocacy and discuss recommendations for Budget 2022 and Ontario’s 2022 election for increased operating funding for more Ontario museums. Share how enhanced provincial funding would support your museum’s recovery!
Talking Change, Taking Charge:
Museum of the Future: Digital Transformation

Pre-pandemic demand for museum online content had grown 40% over two years. With online content taking centre stage over the past 20 months, what can we learn from the challenges and successes of the Great Pivot? How can we build effective and strategic growth and implementation of digital tools in our museums? 
In this session, moderated by Professor Karen Sinotte of George Brown College (GBC), delegates will discuss and share their experiences from more than a year of pandemic-driven digital initiatives and their vision for digital transformation. GBC and the OMA have formed a partnership to identify enablers and barriers to digitalization in the Ontario museum sector, and this discussion will inform the development of the Ontario Museum Digitalization Index and future OMA programs. The projects are funded in part by a research grant by NSERC through the College and Community Social Innovation Fund. 

View Professor Sinotte's bio HERE
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Register for #OMAConf2021
Pay if You Can Registration!

Have you missed connecting with colleagues, friends, and community? While we’re not yet ready to host a gathering in person, we are very pleased to invite you to join us virtually for the OMA Annual Conference 2021: Reopening, Recovery, Reimagination on Thursday, November 25, 2021. This gathering is to help you connect, reconnect, and engage with the Ontario museum community and we have a jam-packed day of inspiring sessions about issues relevant to you.

In recognition of the extraordinary circumstances facing the heritage sector this year, and to facilitate access to Conference programming, discussions, and networking for museum professionals across the province, the OMA is offering a fully subsidized registration category for Conference 2021. 

We welcome OMA members who are students, Emerging Museum Professionals, IBPOC museum and cultural workers, and unemployed or under-employed museum workers to register under this category to attend Conference.
We encourage all conference participants to consider a donation to help us build the collective strength of our sector. Each contribution, whatever the amount, helps support OMA programs such as professional development, timely webinars and resources on best practices, advocacy on issues of interest, and much more, creating a more resilient Ontario museum community. Throughout the pandemic, the Association continues to provide members with free and accessible online learning and related bursaries, and to work with students, emerging and mid-career museum professionals, senior leaders, boards and volunteers to strengthen our workforce. Your contributions are particularly appreciated at this time.
Stay up-to-date with the OMA's 2021 Annual Conference by viewing our webpage HERE, and following the hashtag #OMAConf2021 on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

We hope to see you on
November 25, 2021!
Register Here
Please note that registration will end Wednesday, November 24 at 12pm noon ET. 
Exhibit Planning & Design
Registration Opens: December 7, 2021

Course: Exhibit Planning & Design
Format: Online
Dates: February 14 – April 24, 2022
Course Director: Meredith Leonard, City of Hamilton
Registration opens: Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Registration for Certificate in Museum Studies courses is open to OMA Individual Members and Commercial Consultant Members.

Read more about the Exhibit Planning & Design HERE.
Find out more about the Certificate in Museum Studies Program HERE

Upcoming OMA Dates
November 25: Annual Conference 2021: Recovery, Reopening, Reimagination. Register HERE.

December 3: Webinar: Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act - Planning the transition for your museum. Register HERE.

December 7: Registration opens for Exhibit Planning & Design. Read more HERE
Other PD Opportunities
Webinar: Getting The Most Out of Your GivingTuesday Strategy With Less
Than 2 Weeks To Go

Free Webinar
Thursday, November 18, 2021
2:00pm - 2:45pm ET

GivingTuesday 2021 is in a few short weeks. Is your team ready? Whether you’ve been putting together a campaign for months, or just starting to piece together your a GivingTuesday ask now — CanadaHelps has some tips and tricks to help you level up. On Thursday, November 18, Philip Manzano, Senior Client Marketing Manager at CanadaHelps, will help you:

  • Work with CanadaHelps resources to build effective campaigns
  • Understand how to use key messages provided by GivingTuesday
  • Brainstorm some quick wins for your team with less than 2 weeks to go. 

Can’t attend? Register anyway to receive a follow-up email containing the recording and slides.

Register HERE

Webinar: Steps for Building Your Anti-Racist Arts Organization
Arts Reach

Free Webinar
Thursday, November 18, 2021
2:00pm - 3:00pm ET

Four top industry leaders will continue the discussion they began with Arts Reach in July about their approach to building a culture of diversity in the workplace – and how you can too. The recent increase in the demand for leadership and training in the arts and cultural sector has created an opportunity to examine what an anti-racist organization looks like and how the cultural industry can respond to racial injustices. These Diversity, Equity and Inclusion experts will discuss trends, challenges and successes:
Moderator, Donna Walker-Kuhne, President, Walker International Communications Group, Inc.
Brenda Williams-Butts – SVP, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, New York Public Radio
Khalilah Elliott - Founder & Chief Disruptor, Gafford Communications, LLC
Eugenia Harvey - Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, The WNET Group

Register HERE

Webinar: Emerging Ideas on Arts Governance
Business / Arts

Free Webinar
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
2:00pm ET

Mass Culture is releasing the Future of Arts Work Report, which focuses on Boards of Directors and their related governance models in Canadian not-for-profit sector arts organizations.

Join Business / Arts for a discussion with the report’s authors, Jeanne LeSage and Shawn Newman, as they explore what governance is, the challenges facing the sector, and current ideas and models for developing well-functioning boards. They will also examine the nuances of what is legally required by legislative bodies in consideration to boards and what is at the discretion of the organization.

This session will be moderated by Owais Lightwala, Assistant Professor, Performance at the Creative School and include speakers:

Jeanne LeSage, CHRL; MBA, LeSage Arts Management
Shawn Newman, Ph.D.; Independent Researcher and Consultant

Register HERE.
Webinar: Employment Standards & Occupational Health and Safety
Related to COVID-19
Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development

Free Webinar:
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
2:00pm - 4:00pm ET

The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development is hosting an online information session to help you understand your employment standards (ES) and occupational health and safety (OHS) rights and obligations as they relate to COVID-19.

The session will be delivered in English by subject-matter experts who will answer frequently asked questions the ministry receives about COVID-19, such as:

  • What flexibility is there around changing hours of work?
  • Can an employee be fired if they refuse to go back to work due to a family obligation related to COVID-19?
  • Who is responsible for protecting workers against COVID-19 in the workplace?
  • Can a worker refuse to work if they feel unsafe due to COVID-19?
  • Can I take time off work to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Read more and register HERE

Low-Risk, Low-Cost Digital Fundraising
for your Organization
Charity Village

Free Webinar
Thursday, November 25, 2021
1:00pm ET

On November 25, join Charity Village for a free webinar to learn how your organization can get started with low-risk, low-cost digital fundraising. Just in time for Giving Tuesday and the year-end giving season, you’ll learn how to maximize your small or mid-sized charity’s use of the free digital fundraising tools powered by PayPal Giving Fund Canada through its partnerships with PayPal, Facebook and GoFundMe in Canada.

This webinar will be presented by Wen-Chih O’Connell, Executive Director of PayPal Giving Fund Canada, and Brock Warner CFRE, fundraising consultant and author of the bestseller From the Ground Up: Digital Fundraising for Nonprofits. Bring your questions and they’ll supply the answers about how PayPal Giving Fund Canada works and how you and your charity can benefit in no time, without investing any significant resources.

Read more and register HERE.
FLEX: Collaboration
Deadline: November 26

WorkInCulture, working closely with a topic specialist and regional delivery partners, will develop and pilot a FREE virtual training intensive focused on providing the skills and knowledge required to form and implement effective collaborations among arts and heritage festivals, located in Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa, and Sudbury. The project objective is to provide non-profit arts and heritage festivals with the tools, expertise and processes to create and implement an effective collaboration strategy.

Read more HERE

The Future of Work:
Flexibility Within A Framework
Pillar Nonprofit Network

Wednesday, December 1, 2021
1:00pm - 3:30pm ET

Navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath is one of the biggest organizational challenges of our time. More than a year and half later, the world looks much different. As some organizations begin to think about coming back to the office and others are surging back, management teams and boards have much to consider while  leading their organizations through these fast-moving changes. They need to think critically about the development and execution of their return-to-office plans. Because the risks COVID-19 poses continue to evolve, nonprofits will need to maintain flexibility in how they reshape the future of work. 

In this workshop you will learn more about:
  • Developing and implementing your return to the workplace place
  • Return-to-work models, the future of your workplace
  • Preparing the workforce
  • Recognizing and responding to COVID fatigue in the workplace
We will have an opportunity to explore frequently asked questions and time for an open discussion.

Presenter: Sharon Bunce
Sharon Bunce is the Chief of Staff at HRdownloads. In her role, she partners with the executive leadership team to develop and drive business integrated people strategies and solutions. Providing direct leadership to the Human Resources, Live HR Advice and Consulting Services teams, she steers the development of overall strategy, human resources practices, client focused solutions, and advice aligned with legislative compliance and HR best practices.

Read more and register HERE.
Museum Store Sunday
November 28, 2021

On Sunday, November 28, 2021, more than 1,700 Museum Stores representing 24 countries and five continents will offer relaxing, inspired shopping inside museums and cultural institutions. The first four years of Museum Store Sunday were a wonderful success for many participants. If you are considering participating in Museum Store Sunday for 2021, take a look at these statistics. For Museum Store Sunday 2018 versus the Sunday after Thanksgiving (American) in 2017, participants reported a:

  • In store average: gross sales increased by 47%; net sales by 42%
  • Web sales average: gross sales increased by 126%; net sales by 79%
  • Museum visitors increased by 11%
  • Store visitors increased by 35%
  • Transactions increased by 21%

Read more HERE

Support Ontario’s Museums: Donate Now!
As museums across Ontario face the challenges of reopening safely and renewing relationships with your communities, the OMA is here for you. 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. Your support, participation, and membership make our work possible.

Representing the interests of over 700 museums, galleries, and heritage sites across the province, the OMA offers regular webinars and professional development opportunities and resources for pandemic recovery. An OMA membership connects you with our network of over 1000 members, provides you with the tools and resources that support your professional practice, and keeps you informed of breaking news about funding opportunities and policy changes via the ONmuseums weekly newsletter and timely eNews alerts.

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. You can help us build a more resilient museum sector. Thank you for your support!
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