ONmuseums: 3 Examples of Innovation in Museums

Jul 25, 2019
Resources for OMA Members
OMA Conference Video Recordings

Each year, OMA Conferences address topics relevant to museum practice; access previous Conference recordings HERE

Below are come examples of how OMA Conference speakers have explored innovation and change in the museum sector.
OMA Conferece 2017:
Museums and Community Hubs:
Partnerships in Cultural Innovation 

Dr. Elka Weinstein, John Summers, Carolyn Cross & Cathy Molloy

This panel discussion explains how museums can draw on the current trend towards creating Community Hubs as catalysts for innovative partnerships. They examine the synergy created by social, entrepreneurial, and cultural organizations working together in hub spaces, and how museums can tap into that creative energy.

Watch it HERE

OMA Conference 2016:
Animating Historic Sites & Museums:
Creating Innovative Programming in Evocative Historic Spaces 

Linda Irwin, Claire Hopkinson, Penelope Stewart and Allen Kaeja

A panel of representatives from the Toronto Arts Council and City of Toronto Museums discuss their work on a project aimed at creating an innovative and creative opportunity for artists to animate historical sites outside the downtown core.

Watch it HERE


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Don't miss out on this year's Conference! Register at the Early Bird Rate before August 15 HERE

See it in Person!
Meeting People Where They're At: Creating Opportunities Through Engagement
Concurrent Session at the OMA Annual Conference 2019: Net[works] Benefit!
Speakers: Sonia Mrva, City of Hamilton, & Chris Ellis, MASS LBP

This session will focus on the Hamilton Children's Museum expansion project and how new types of networks comprised of organizations outside of the common heritage and museum community can be created through a well-thought-out, flexible engagement process resulting in more robust ways to sustain inclusivity, empathetic programming, and other strategic opportunities.

Early Bird Deadline: August 15! Register for the conference HERE.

Upcoming OMA Dates

August 15: Early Bird Registration Deadline for OMA Conference 2019 (register HERE)
August 21-23: CMS: Exhibit Planning & Design, Canadian Canoe Museum, Peterborough, ON. (Course Full - join the waiting list HERE) 

Four weeks prior to an event:  Canadian Museum Association Bursary (read more here)
External Resources & Events
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ArtsBuild Ontario's Accessibility Toolkit is Now Available in French!

The toolkit provides resources around legislative requirements such as the Accessibility for Ontarians Act (AODA) and Design of Public Spaces Standards, Ontario Building Code and Ontario Human Rights Code, as well as resources on experiential accessibility in creative spaces. Created in collaboration with an Accessibility Advisory Committee and DesignABLE Environments the toolkit aims to support arts organizations in going beyond accessibility requirements to ensure inclusion and equity are at the forefront of building and managing creative spaces.

The toolkit is supported by the Government of Ontario.

Read more HERE.

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New Volume of the Journal of the Canadian Association of Conservation

Volume 42 of the Journal of the Canadian Association of Conservation has been released and contains articles by Canadian Conservation Institute Senior Conservation Scientist Lyndsie Selwyn and W. Ross McKinnon:  “Practical Electrochemistry for Conservators and Conservation Scientists: Part I – The Basics of Potential Measurement” and “Practical Electrochemistry for Conservators and Conservation Scientists: Part II – Characterizing and Treating Corroded Metals.”

Read more HERE

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Mass Culture Releases Podcast Discussing Sustainable Careers in Culture

Mass Culture features MakingItWork report from WorkInCulture on the latest MCMinds video podcast. Stand-up comic Ali Hassan and MakingItWork Research and WorkInCulture Outreach Manager Lisa Fiorilli discuss the challenges and issues surrounding careers in culture. 

Watch it HERE


OMA Job Board
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Coordinator of Marketing and Communications
Bytown Museum

The Bytown Museum is seeking a dynamic and energetic Coordinator of Marketing and Communications. The successful candidate will have excellent people and communication skills, as well as superb professional experience with current technologies and social media and website maintenance – the future of museums and marketing.

The Coordinator of Marketing and Communications will lead the development, implementation and distribution of museum marketing materials, including but not limited to graphic design and photography, production of e-newsletters, ads, rack cards, brochures, flyers, posters, postcards and signage, and press releases.

Deadline: August 2, 2019

Read more HERE

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Curator, Indigenous Arts & Cultures
Royal Ontario Museum

The ROM is seeking a Curator to offer fresh perspectives on the influence of Indigenous art and cultures in today’s world. The successful candidate will help shape the institution’s commitment to Indigenous Art and Cultures, create innovative ways of sharing collections and information, help build a program of community engagement, and promote an inclusive relationship in partnership with Indigenous communities.

Deadline: August 3, 2019

Read more HERE
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Conservation Technician
Ubbink Book and Paper Conservation
The conservation technician carries out basic conservation treatment and treatment documentation on paper-based materials under the supervision and direction of the Principle Conservator. Duties include, but are not limited to, photography of artifacts prior to and post treatment, writing condition reports, maintenance of laboratory space and equipment, and assisting in the treatment of large and complicated projects.The successful candidate will have experience in handling and photographic works of art and artifacts, as well as, knowledge of the historic and modern manufacture of paper-based works of art, documents, manuscripts, maps, posters, books, and ephemera. 

Deadline: September 1, 2019

Read more HERE
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