ONmuseums: 5 Ways to Learn and Lead this Summer

Jun 20, 2019
OMA Professional Development
The OMA Council and guests at a recent Council meeting at Whitehern Historic House and Garden National Historic Site

OMA Council Nominations Now Open
Deadline: Tuesday, July 16, 2019


The duties and responsibilities of Council members are legal, ethical, procedural and guided by Towards 2025: The Ontario Museum Association’s Strategic Plan. Council is responsible for policy direction guiding the affairs of a museum association serving institutions and individuals across the province through a variety of professional programs and services. Council is expected to provide sound fiscal and ethical management and is legally responsible for the activities of the Association. In accordance with existing bylaws, Council members are elected for a two-year term of office at the Annual General Meeting and serve without remuneration, save for travel expenses incurred to attend Council meetings.

The 2019 OMA Nominations committee membership is as follows:

  • Clark Bernat, OMA Past President
  • Sean Stoughton, OMA Councillor

As well as the following members elected by the membership at the 2018 AGM, in Toronto, Ontario:

  • Dr. Sascha Priewe, Royal Ontario Museum
  • Rebecca Hicks, City of Hamilton
  • Dr. Amy Barron, Fleming College

Term of Office is 2 years. Nominees must be individual members of the Ontario Museum Association, and both the nominator and seconder must be members in good standing (individual, institutional or commercial). Not a member? Join online now.
Click HERE to download the nominations form.
The deadline for Council Nominations is Tuesday, July 16, 2019.

Please scan and email the completed nominations form, including nominator and seconder information to the attention of the Nominations Committee Chair at council@museumsontario.ca, or mail to: 

Nominations Committee Chair
Ontario Museum Association
50 Baldwin Street
Toronto, ON  M5T 1L4

Ontario Museum Association
Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Toll-free in ON: 1-866-662-8672
Phone: 416-348-8672
Fax: 416-348-0438


New Scholarships!
for Ontario Museum Professionals

to attend the Association of African American Museums Conference 2019

Deadline to apply: June 28, 2019

The National Museum of African American History and Culture, in partnership with the Ontario Museum Association are offering up to 5 scholarships for Ontario Museum Association Members and Museum Professionals to attend the 2019 Association of African American Museums (AAAM) Conference in Jackson, MS, August 7-10.

This exciting partnership recognizes and furthers the work of the OMA toward Inclusion2025, strengthening museum networks, and the strategic vision outlined in Ontario's Museums 2025: Strategic Vision and Action Plan.  

Read more and apply HERE

CMS: Exhibit Planning & Design
4 spots left, register today! 

Course: Exhibit Planning & Design 
Location: Canadian Canoe Museum, Peterborough, ON
Dates: August 21-23, 2019 
Course Directors: John Summers and Meredith Leonard, Halton Heritage Services
Registration fee: $350.00+HST

Note: The textbook for this course is Creating Exhibits that Engage: A Manual for Museums and Historical Organizations. This book will be available for purchase at the course for $40. 

Learn more about the Certificate in Museum Studies.
Log into your Individual Member account and click on My Courses to register.

Questions? Contact the Professional Development Program Manager atpd@museumsontario.ca

Registration for CMS: Collections Management opens July 3rd!

Course: Collections Management, Online
Dates: September 9 – November 17, 2019 
Course Director: Bev Dietrich 
Registration fee: $350.00+HST

Registration opens on Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Learn more about the Certificate in Museum Studies.
Log into your Individual Member account and click on My Courses to register.
March of the Museums: Collaborative Outreach within the Museum Sector
Concurrent Session at the OMA Annual Conference 2019: Net[works] Benefit!

Speakers (from left to right): Darragh De Groot, Education and Communication Coordinator at the  Museum of Health Care at Kingston; Miranda Riley, Curator, Frontenac County Schools Museum; Danielle Marshall, Chair, Programming and Community Engagement Committee, Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries, and Historic Sites

This session will explore the Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites Programming and Community Engagement Committee’s collaborative projects with a focus on March of the Museums to showcase how museums with separate interests and goals can come together to create a successful outreach event. 

Early Bird Deadline: August 15! Register for conference HERE
Upcoming OMA Dates
June 3 - August 11: CMS: Museums in Context, Online

July 3: Registration Opens for CMS: Collections Management

July 16: Council Nominations Deadline (download the nomination form HERE)
August 15: Early Bird Registration Deadline for OMA Conference 2019 (register HERE)
August 21-23: CMS: Exhibit Planning & Design, Canadian Canoe Museum, Peterborough, ON

Four weeks prior to an event:  Canadian Museum Association Bursary (read more here)

Read the full ONmuseums HERE