ONmuseums: 2 Chances for Funding this Month

Sep 03, 2020
Need to Know
Emergency Funding Available:
COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations – Museums Assistance Program

One week left!

Applications due Friday, September 11, 2020

For museums with annual expenses between $2,000 and $3,000,000. 
Read more HERE.
Young Canada Works Graduate Internship Program: Second Call for Applications
Deadline: September 23

From the Canadian Museums Association: 

This second call for applications follows the announcement of $2.6 million in supplemental funding provided by the Government of Canada and devoted to YCW-BCH.  If your first-round application was waitlisted and you have not yet been contacted, YCW Program Officers will be contacting you soon.

To support the program during the pandemic, some special program considerations have been made this year:

  • The YCW contribution to a BCH internship may instead cover up to 85% of total project costs; *
  • The program cap (previously $10,000 per domestic position) is not in effect this year.
  • As always, applications from Indigenous organizations, applications for projects aimed at Indigenous interns, and applications for projects focusing on Indigenous cultural heritage are encouraged.

*Note: funding remains limited by availability and if approved you may receive a funding offer for less than 85% of total project cost

Read more HERE.

At the OMA
Register Now for #OMAConf2020 and get the OMA Conference Webinar Series for FREE!
Early Bird Deadline: September 23

This year the Ontario Museum Association Conference is going virtual! With this new format comes new possibilities; the OMA is planning on taking advantage of all a virtual conference can offer. 

Read more HERE.

2nd COVID-19 Impact Survey
Deadline is September 4, 2020!

The Survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete
OMA-GOEMP Webinar – “Ask Me Anything”
with Irene Chalmers

Tuesday, September 22 2020

A co-presentation with the Group of Ontario Emerging Museum Professionals Committee.

This session will consist of 3 key components in the style of “Ask Me Anything” format popularized on social media in recent years. “Ask” refers to questions posed by emerging museum professionals in the Ontario community. “Me” refers to Irene Chalmers, who came forward to generous volunteer her time to make her rich experience accessible through this platform. “Anything” references any topic that intersects with the museum sector, museum jobs, museum networking, etc… anything that may be of interest to EMPs who would benefit from this information at this stage in their careers!

GOEMP Committee Chair Madeline Smolarz will join Irene as moderator to keep track of and pose incoming questions on behalf of the EMP community.

Find out more and register HERE.

Watch the recording of the OMA/GOEMP "Ask Me Anything" with Sarah Beam-Borg HERE.

New and Renewing OMA Members
B3K Digital
Macleod Farley / MacLeod Farley & Associates
Bank of Canada Museum
Canadian Forces Museum of Aerospace Defence
Curatorial Services, House of Commons
Goulbourn Museum
Mississauga Heritage Foundation
Museum Windsor
Port Dover Harbour Museum
Region of Waterloo Museums
Sombra Museum
Wellington County Museum and Archives
Have You Heard?
2 Ontario Museum Professionals Join the AAMC & AAMC Foundation Board 

The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) & AAMC Foundation has appointed five new Trustees At Large who will join the board as of January 1, 2021. The new Trustees bring a depth and range of knowledge and expertise as art advisors, directors, curators, and gallerists. The new Trustees include:

  • Myrtis Bedolla, Founding Director, Galerie Myrtis and Former Board Member, Association of African American Museums
  • Wendy Chang, Director, Rennie Collection 
  • William C. Gautreaux, Managing Partner, MLP Holdings LLC
  • Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, Deputy Director for Collections and Research and Chief Innovation Officer, Royal Ontario Museum (as of September 2020)
  • Filiz Çakır Phillip, Curator, Aga Khan Museum

“It is a pleasure to welcome five new appointees to the AAMC & AAMC Foundation Board,” noted Marianne Lamonaca, Independent Curator, and President, Board of Trustees, AAMC & AAMC Foundation, “Each has demonstrated a strong commitment to the curatorial field and brings a wealth of experience. I look forward to working with each to further our mission and strategic plan pillars of inclusion, access and advocacy.”

Lynda Roscoe Hartigan begins as Deputy Director for Collections and Research and Chief Innovation Officer at the Royal Ontario Museum in September 2020. From 2003 to 2016, she was the first Chief Curator at the Peabody Essex Museum and Deputy Director and Chief Curator from 2016. From 1978 to 2003 Lynda rose from curatorial assistant to Chief Curator at Smithsonian American Art Museum. Her curatorial areas of expertise are in American art, especially by self-taught, black, and modern artists, and fashion and design. She has devoted her career to advancing the capacity of curators to communicate transformative potential of creativity in people's lives..
Filiz Çakır Phillip has been Curator at the Aga Khan Museum since 2013. She holds a Dr. Phil. from the Institute of Art History at Freie Universität Berlin. Dr. Çakır Phillip is a scholar and specialist in Islamic Art with extensive curatorial and research experience. She was instrumental in the opening of the Aga Khan Museum in 2014, which she joined from a position as Curator at the Museum für Islamische Kunst in Berlin. She was Senior Fellow at Excellence Cluster TOPOI and Research Fellow at both the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz — Max-Planck-Institut and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Dr. Çakır Phillip has curated numerous exhibitions and is the author of books, such as Enchanted Lines: Drawings from the Aga Khan Museum Collection (2014), Iranische Hieb-, Stich- und Schutzwaffen des 15. bis 19. Jahrhunderts (2016) and Arts of the East: Highlights of Islamic Art from the Bruschettini Collection (2017).
Sector News
Webinars Supporting Safe Work
Fees to register may apply

Home Office Ergonomics Wellness Bootcamp
September 3rd, 2020
12:00 to 13:00
Read more HERE. 

A Sensory Approach to Coping with Stress in Times of Uncertainty
September 10th, 2020
12:00 to 13:00
Read more HERE.

Knowing When to Disconnect: Using Technology Safely in the Workplace
September 17th, 2020
12:00 to 13:00
Read more HERE.

Webinar Recording - Supporting Schools & Educators as a Cultural Organization

Panelists discuss how cultural organizations can support schools, design programming, and succeed with virtual formats in the upcoming school year


  • Brendan Ciecko (CEO & Founder @ Cuseum)
  • Malika Pryor (Senior Director of Education & Programs @ Detroit Historical Society)
  • Grace Torres (Manager of School Programs @ Perez Art Museum Miami)
  • Lucy Stirn (School & Youth Programs Manager @ International Spy Museum)

Read more HERE.

Archives Association of Ontario Professional Development Opportunity
Archival Conversations

These virtual sessions are spaces for AAO members (and anyone interested in joining the conversations) to discuss and share knowledge in an informal, participant-driven environment. Each meeting will centre around a selected topic (please see below).

Date: 2nd Wednesday of the month, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Cost: $0 (AAO members*); $0 (AAO student members); $20 (non-members)
*Institutional members can register 3 individuals at the members rate

2020-2021 Date Registration opens
Migrating Legacy Finding Aids 14 October 2020 1 September 2020
 Accessibility for Ontarians Disability Act   9 December 2020 1 November 2020
Managing Digital Donations 10 February 2021 4 January 2021
Anti-Racist Description 14 April 2021 1 March 2021


Format: Informal, participant driven conversations
Recording: These sessions will not be recorded.
Registration: Number of participants: 3 minimum/45 maximum
Cancellation Policy can be found here.
If you have any questions, please contact professionaldevelopment@aao-archivists.ca.
The AAO’s Code of Conduct applies to these conversations.

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What's On
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If you are already an OMA member, please renew your membership when you receive an email reminder. If you are not a member, please consider joining, either as an institution or an individual. You can find information about member categories and benefits on our website.

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Your support of the OMA and your participation in events like this webinar make us stronger as a sector, and we appreciate each and everyone one of you.

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COVID-19 Resources

The OMA has prepared a dedicated webpage of COVID-19 communications and resources, updated as new information and resources become available.
Read more HERE.

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