ONmuseums: Conference Program Updates!

Oct 17, 2019
OMA Annual Conference Updates
Statement from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport Concerning 2019 OMA Conference

The following is a statement from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport regarding the cancellation of the scheduled session at this year's OMA Conference:

"The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is committed to continuing its support of the heritage sector and appreciates the important work that museums do to celebrate and preserve Ontario’s rich heritage. The Ministry is currently determining its approach to reviewing existing heritage grants and will share more information in the coming months.

The Ministry is pleased to see the recognition of museum networks in this year’s OMA conference. These organizations play an important role in today’s heritage landscape, particularly in promoting collaboration, resource sharing and networking at the local level. 
Ministry staff will be attending the conference and look forward to interacting with representatives from the sector."

Where are Ontario Museums Now? 
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Museum Impact Survey Conference Session
Friday, October 25, 9:00-9:45 am
  • How many languages are spoken in Ontario museums?
  • How many museum workers have part-time or seasonal positions? 
  • How do Ontario's museums define themselves?

Following the launch at Conference 2018 and subsequent work by members of the OMA Council and Regional Museum Networks, a session at the OMA Annual Conference 2019 in Brantford will present findings of the Museum Impact Survey. 

Modernizing Community Museum Funding 

The OMA's Modernizing Community Museum Funding Working Group will present their work towards a renewed community museum funding model, informed by sector data (CMOG/HODG) and the results of the Museum Impact Survey. 

Working Group: Michael Rikley-Lancaster, Chair; Paul Robertson; Nathan Etherington; Alexander Gates, OMA Staff: Marie Lalonde; Christopher Shackleton

See the full Conference Program HERE

A panel of speakers
Conference Plenary Sessions
Indigenous Matters
Heather George; S.M. Leduc, Canadian Museums Association; Feather Maracle, Six Nations Public Library
Thursday, October 24, 3:45-4:30 pm, Grand Ballroom

In 2019, where do museums and other GLAM sector organizations find ourselves in our work toward reconciliation and decolonization of our practices? The Indigenous Matters panel will discuss current initiatives, from official responses to the TRC Calls to Action, to cross-disciplinary grass-roots organizing, to OMA, local, and international projects.

OMA at the Association of African American Museums Conference
Cheryl Blackman, Museums & Heritage Services, City of Toronto; Asheda Dwyer, PhD Candidate, York University;  Shelley Falconer, Art Gallery of Hamilton; Kelley Swift Jones, Simcoe County Museum
Friday, October 25, 1:00-1:50 pm

In this session, Ontario delegates who had the opportunity to attend the Association of African American Museums annual conference in Mississippi last August will share their experiences and what they learned. They will highlight the benefits of Ontario museums participating in Black and African museum networks. The delegates will also outline how the employment of Black museology is integral to a more critical interpretation of the diversity and complexities of Black Canadian and African diasporic experiences, including the realities of anti-Black racism, past and present. The presenters will discuss how their learning and experiences will inform their future work at their respective institutions and organizations through the exploration of three case studies: the challenges of exhibiting the African collection held by the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the interpretation of the Oro African Church site, and the need for a Black history and cultural space located in Toronto.

See the full program HERE
Headshots Thanh Sinden, Rick Hill, and Alberto Garlandini
Conference Keynotes

Rick Hill
Sacred Trust Between Museums and Indigenous Peoples
Thursday, October 24, 9:45-10:30 am

Thanh Sinden 
Museum Detox

What works is Networks: Power to Change - Museum Detox
Friday, October 25, 10:15-11:00 am

On the New Museum Definition:
Alberto Garlandini 
Vice President, International Council of Museums (ICOM)

Museums Have No Borders, They Have a Network.
Alberto Garlandini is Vice President of the International Council of Museums (ICOM). Garlandini was a member of the ICOM Committee for Museum Definition, Prospects and Potentials, and previously served as President of the Italian National Committee of ICOM. 
Friday, October 25, 3:15-4:00 pm
See the full Conference Program HERE
Panorama of downtown Brantford
Conference is Just Around the Corner!
See below for #OMAConf2019 details


Wednesday, October 23

  • Study Tours
    • Tentsitiatátken – We Will See Each Other Again: 8:45 am meet in the Brantford Best Western Hotel & Conference Centre lobby
    • Working with your Community for Inclusive Interpretation: 8:45 am meet in the Brantford Best Western Hotel & Conference Centre lobby
    • Small and Rural Museum Networking: 12:15 pm meet in the Brantford Best Western Hotel & Conference Centre lobby
  • Opening Reception
    • Transportation: Buses begin loading at the Brantford Best Western Hotel & Conference Centre at 4:50 pm, return by 8:00 pm 
    • 5:30 - 7:30 pm at Six Nations Polytechnic, Oshweken Campus 
  • GOEMP Trivia Night
    • 8:00 pm at Myra's Bar and Grill at the Brantford Best Western Hotel & Conference Centre

Thursday, October 24

  • Conference Registration/Delegate Kit Pick-Up
    • 8:00 am: Conference Registration Opens 
  • OMA Awards of Excellence Gala
    • 6:00 pm at the Brantford Best Western Hotel & Conference Centre
  • TOTAL Karaoke Dance Party
    • Following the Awards Gala at the Brantford Best Western Hotel & Conference Centre

Friday, October 25

  • Conference Registration/Delegate Kit Pick-Up
    • 7:30 am: Conference Registration Opens, breakfast is served.

Read the full program HERE

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Emerging Museum Professional Survival Guide

Good news! The GOEMP Committee has created the Conference Survival Guide for the Emerging Museum Professional. 

Access the guide HERE
Upcoming OMA Dates
October 28: OMA office closed

Six weeks prior to an event:  Canadian Museum Association Bursary (read more HERE)
OMA Professional Development
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CMS Course: Organization & Management of Museums
Registration opens November 6th 

Course: Organization & Management of Museums
Dates: January 13-March 22, 2020
Format: Online
Course Director: Joan Kanigan, CEO, Western Development Museum
Log into your Individual Member account and click on My Courses to register.
Questions? Email pd@museumsontario.ca

Find out more about the CMS Program HERE

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CMS Course: Education Programs
Limited space left

Course: Education Programs 
Dates: November 20-22, 2019
Location: Simcoe County Museum, Minesing, ON
Course Directors: Meredith Leonard and John Summers, Halton Region Heritage Services

Note: This course is not accessible by public transit, but carpooling can be arranged from Barrie!

Log into your Individual Member account and click on My Courses to register.
Questions? Email pd@museumsontario.ca

Find out more about the CMS program HERE

Other PD Opportunities
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DCI Conversation:
The Immediacy and Implications of Digital Curation

Friday, 18 October, 4:00-5:30pm, Toronto  


Hear the University of Toronto's Digital Curation Institute in conversation with Devorah Romanek, Curator of Exhibits and Head of Interpretation at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico. The event will focus on the challenges and opportunities emerging from digital curatorial encounters with indigenous, subaltern and excluded heritages.

Read more HERE

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Webinar: Authentically Advancing Racial Equity
October 22, 1:00pm-2:00pm

Join Veronica Borgonovi and Hayling Price of FSG, and Liz Weaver of Tamarack, in conversation about taking steps to advance racial equity. We will share business case examples where equity has driven corporate success and discuss the ways in which corporate community leaders can pursue these steps to more effectively support collective impact and community change efforts.

Register HERE

Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program Webinars
Program application deadline: November 12, 2019


The Community, Culture and Recreation Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure program will be hosting webinars for those interested in applying. The webinars are divided by the governing authority of the applying organization:


  • Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019
  • Time: 10:00am to 11:30am EST

Non-Profit Organizations:

  • Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019
  • Time: 2:00pm to 3:30pm EST

First Nations & Indigenous Communities:

  • Date: Friday, October 18, 2019
  • Time: 10:00am to 11:30am EST
  • Sign up HERE

The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) is a cost-shared infrastructure funding program between the federal government, provinces and territories, and municipalities and other recipients. This program will see up to $30 billion in combined federal, provincial and other partner funding, under four priority areas, including Community, Culture and Recreation.

The Community, Culture and Recreation stream supports projects that improve access to and / or quality of community, cultural, and recreation priority infrastructure projects. Priority is given to projects that are community-oriented, non-commercial and open to the public. Projects must be completed prior to 2027-28. 

Read more about the grant HERE

Learn it, build it, manage it logo
Lecture series:

October 22, November 19, and December 10, 2019

Don’t miss your chance to experience LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT Part 1 in Orangeville, Waterloo and Guelph!

This round, topics will be on Alternative Financing for Capital Projects and Engaging Community in Capital Projects with presenters from Community Forward Fund and Cobalt Connect. Lunch is provided at all workshops. 

Read more HERE
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BCMA Webinar: Exhibit Panel Design Basics
October 23, 2019, 12:00pm – 1:00pm PDT

You've finished writing your exhibit text and have a great story to tell. One of the most important next steps is designing exhibit panels that will capture your visitors’ attention. But how do you do this when resources are limited?

This webinar walks through BCMA’s new Exhibit Panel Design Basics Tool with the tool author, Anine Vonkeman from One Match Fire Design and Communications. Anine will share with you tips and advice that will help you create eye-catching exhibit panels which will add to the professional presentation and impact of your exhibits. 

FREE for BCMA members; $10 for non-members.
Register HERE

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Creative Space Projects:
A Brainstorming Workshop 2019

November 12, 2019, 10:00am - 3:00pm, Ontario Heritage Trust, The Gallery, Toronto

This workshop provides the opportunity for arts organization professionals to discuss their projects and openly problem solve with others tackling similar projects. Participants will be guided through a series of exercises that will allow them brainstorm solutions or ideas around their own issues.

Register HERE

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CMA Technology in Museums Symposium
December 1-3, 2019, Ottawa

Find some of the latest technology tools and projects developed for the museum sector and beyond. This interactive Symposium features case studies, keynotes and practical demonstrations that will shed light on how technology can be used in many diverse areas of museum practice, helping you to stay right in the flow no matter how swift the current!

Register HERE

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Symposium on Family Learning, Inclusion and the Value of Play in Museums
December 4-5, Canadian Children's Museum, Ottawa
Special Rate Available for OMA Members

Join renowned experts in fields including museology, exhibition design, childhood and family learning, and explore the visitor experience for today’s children and their families. Featuring speakers from North America, Europe and Australia, the Symposium on Family Learning, Inclusion and the Value of Play in Museums examines topics such as the art of play, creative learning, the 21st-century family and much more. 

OMA Members Save $30! Read more HERE

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