ONmuseums: Escaping Spirits, Telling Stories, Interpreting Land!

Sep 19, 2019
OMA Professional Development
A canoe on the Grand River, Mohawk Chapel, An interpreter at Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead NHS, La Landscape de Kanata
Pre-Conference Study Tours 2019!
Register Early, Space is Limited

Choose from three exciting Study Tours to explore Brantford, County of Brant, and Six Nations of the Grand River! Study Tours take place on October 23, preceding the OMA Annual Conference 2019.

Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead, Apples, The Paris Port Dover Pipe band at the St George Museum
Small and Rural Museum Networking
  • Experience how community partners are working together to attract new audiences to a rural heritage site.  'Escape' the spirits at the Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead National Historic Site by testing your detective and puzzle skills in solveing a mystery at Addie's childhood home, and learn how the experience was designed to be both fun and educational.
  • Enjoy a break at Howell Road Cider Co to sample some local cider and learn about how rural museums can work with Food Tourism and foster relationships with tourism operators. 
  • Visit South Dumfries Historical Society and St. George Museum to discuss the strengths and challenges of rural museums, and how best to work with limited resources through networks and commercial partnerships.

Register HERE

La Landscape de Kanata, Bell Homestead NHS, Woodland Cultural Centre
Working with Your Community for Inclusive Interpretation
  • Visit the Brantford Public Library, and learn how the artist behind La Landscape de Kanata worked with Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and community members on a major public art piece. Discuss the interpretation of difficult subjects through public art by learning about Hope, a public art piece honouring the loss of a child.
  • Hear how Bell Homestead National Historic Site incorporates Alexander Graham Bell’s work as a revolutionary teacher of the deaf, the influences of his parents in this regard, and how he is regarded within the deaf community to this day.
  • Woodland Cultural Centre uses video to tell compelling stories. How do you debrief with audiences that may have their own trauma? How can you work with Indigenous communities to respectfully and inclusively share Indigenous history?

Register HERE

Mohawk Chapel, Pauline Johnson in a Canoe, natural landscape of Brantford
Tentsitiatátken - We Will See Each Other Again
  • Learn about eco-tourism, Indigenous plants, and discuss responsibility of the stewards of the land at the Kayanase Longhouse and Greenhouse. 
  • Hear how a grassroots Board of Trustees works within a corporate Governance structure at Chiefswood National Historic Site.   
  • Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks has a newly developed landscape tour that captures the significance of the Mohawk Village that once lived around the Mohawk Chapel.  Learn how the site is interpreting the land as part of its ‘collection’.

Register HERE

Participants in the Education Programs Course reviewing a document
CMS Course: Education Programs
Registration Now Open

Course: Education Programs, November 20-22, 2019
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

Read more about the CMS program HERE

Children look through bespoke viewmasters
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

Upcoming OMA Dates

September 20: Last Day To Register at the Fall Special Rate for the OMA Conference

October 2: CMA Bursary Deadline for the OMA Conference (read more HERE)

October 11: Deadline to mail postcards for Confessions of a Museum Professional (read more HERE)

October 23: OMA Pre-Conference Study Tours (register HERE)

October 24-25: OMA Annual Conference (register HERE)

Six weeks prior to an event:  Canadian Museum Association Bursary (read more here)
Other PD Opportunities
Creative in Residence Program, Textile Museum of Canada
Deadline to Apply: September 27

The Creative in Residence program at the Textile Museum of Canada invites three emerging professionals – an artist, a curator, and an educator – to explore new forms of engagement with Museum audiences by animating exhibition spaces and activating the permanent collection. The select participants will be integrated into the daily life of the Museum during each three-month residency. 

Read more HERE
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North American Textile Conservation Conference 
Ottawa-Gatineau, September 23-27, 2019

The theme of the 2019 conference, which takes place September 23 to 27 in Ottawa-Gatineau, is “Lessons Learned: Textile Conservation – Then and Now.”

Read more HERE
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Communicating the Arts 2019
Montreal, October 8-10, 2019

The 23rd edition of the Communicating the Arts conference will bring together 300 cultural leaders, senior arts professionals and innovators in Montreal for three days of immersive learning, masterclasses and visits.

Read more HERE

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Certified Interpretive Guide Training Course
Royal Botanical Gardens, November 26-29

The Royal Botanical Gardens, in partnership with the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), is offering a training course for individuals in the field of Interpretation. It is designed for individuals who deliver interpretive programs or have contact with the public at interpretive sites.

Read more HERE
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Engagement Program for International Curators
Application Deadline: October 24, 2019

The Association of Art Museum Curators Foundation Engagement Program for International Curators is a 12-month Program currently accepting applications from non-US based curators (International Awardees) and US-based curators (US Liaisons) working on or having worked within exhibitions and projects that explore historical art of the United States (c. 1500-1980).

Read more HERE

Even More PD Opportunities!

September 19, 3:00pm: AASLH Webinar: Introducing the Inclusive Historians Handbook (more information)

September 22 & 28: ROM Connects Series: Black History is Canadian History, presented by the Ontario Black Historical Society (more information)

October 7-10: Hamilton Area Museum Educators Mini Conference: Museums and Climate Change (more information)

October 10, 1pm: Charity Village Webinar, Making Digital Transformation Affordable and Doable (more information)

October 15, 3pm EST: BCMA Webinar: Topic: Deaccessioning and Disposition of Collections – Ethical and Legal Issues (more information)

October 22, 9:30am-3pm, Orangeville: ArtsBuild Ontario, Learn It | Build It | Manage It (more information)

November 27-28: Nonprofit Driven, Ontario Nonprofit Network Conference (more information)

December 1-3, Ottawa: Technology in Museums Symposium (more information)
OMA Conference Partners and Exhibitors
OMA Conference 2019 Partners
Logos of City of Brantford, County of Brant, Six Nations of the Grand River
City of Brantford, County of Brant, and Six Nations of the Grand River

The OMA greatly appreciates the support of local partners for the conference. Thank you to local partners for their support!

Experience the City of Brantford HERE
Discover the County of Brant HERE
Explore Six Nations of the Grand River HERE


TOTAL Fine Arts

A competitive solution for handling and transporting fine art with a customer service approach that listens to your needs. TOTAL offers you a wide variety of service including: Fast and flexible shuttles, dedicated use, teams; Coast to coast within Canada and to/from USA; International services including customs.

Learn more HERE

Canadian Museum of History & Canadian War Museum

Wherever you may be, dive into the history of this country with travelling exhibitions from the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum. Through carefully selected images, interpretive texts, videos and objects, our exhibitions tell the military, cultural, social, political and sports stories that have shaped this country.

Learn more HERE
Royal Ontario Museum

Travelling exhibitions bring the ROM’s collections, research and expertise to those institutions whose communities cannot readily visit the Museum. We circulate our travelling exhibitions to provincial museums, art galleries, and science centres. A travelling exhibition consists of display cases with objects as well as contextual information (e.g. images, maps) on panels.

Learn more HERE



PACART provides a variety of services dedicated to the safe, secure movement and placement of works of art, antiques and precious artifacts.Our knowledgeable staff have been responding to the changing needs of our clients since 1968. Our range of operations has expanded to encompass all of Canada and include world-wide transportation coordination through our offices and warehouse facilities in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.

Learn more HERE


Marsh Canada Ltd.

Marsh Canada Limited is a global leader in insurance broking and risk management. Our experts in every facet of risk and across industries help clients to anticipate, quantify, and more fully understand the range of risks they face. In today's increasingly uncertain global business environment, Marsh Canada Limited helps clients to thrive and survive.

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Carr McLean

Proudly Canadian owned and operated, Carr McLean has been supplying Archival supplies to customers across Canada for over 30 years. We commit to offer our customers the most comprehensive selection of conservation products available from a single Canadian Supplier.

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Armstrong Fine Art Services

Armstrong Fine Art Services has over 40 years of professional experience in packing, crating, storing and shipping fine art, antiques and antiquities across Canada and worldwide. We have the people, services and facilities you can entrust with the handling of a single piece of art, or an entire collection.

Learn more HERE

Reich + Petch

Founded in 1987, Reich&Petch is an international multidisciplinary design firm. Our work influences how people learn, interact, experience and ultimately understand the world around them. Through our open and collaborative process, we make content accessible through memorable design. We turn ideas into engaging environments and transform opportunities into results. More than delivering design, we deliver impact. We work with museums, institutions, cultural organizations, corporations, agencies and attractions, creating projects of all sizes from 250 to 250,000 square feet. We love working with those who aspire to make an impact on the global stage.

Learn more HERE


The Alternative Conference for Emerging Arts & Culture Professionals (#AltCon) provides stimulating thought leadership, personal growth and networking for emerging leaders in the museum, arts, and broader cultural sectors. Break loose from traditional conference norms, with a variety of session styles and topics. 

Learn more HERE

OMA Conference 2019 Exhibitors


B3K, the leading Cultural Heritage equipment provider in Canada, delivers exceptional solutions from Phase One, Kaiser and Digital Transitions department of Cultural Heritage. We provide basic to highest level FADGI and METAMORPHOSE standards compliant equipment and tools for film scanning, book digitization, flat art and loose objects.

Read more HERE


Gaylord Archival

Gaylord Archival is a leading provider of preservation and exhibit products to institutions and individuals across the globe. In addition to archival-quality storage boxes, folders, sleeves, envelopes and more, we offer the largest selection of predesigned, customisable exhibit cases on the market. 

Read more HERE


Hunter Expositions

Modular walls for Museums, Galleries and Exhibitions. Modular by Design, the ideal wall is flexible for any configuration and expandable at any time. Economical by mean of quick installation and dismantling, sustainable and extremely stable. Changeable and paintable surfaces turn the wall into a long term product. Timeless and pure in design.

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Want to showcase engaging exhibitions? Offer learning and fun to your community or organization?  Discover the array of fascinating travelling exhibitions offered by three museums in one convenient place. Ingenium circulates hands-on, interactive, modular and turnkey exhibitions of various sizes. Many feature high-tech components, video, and objects that create a multi-sensory experience. These are proudly produced by the Canada Science and Technology Museum, The Canada Aviation and Space Museum and the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum.

Read more HERE



Lucidea Argus is a comprehensive, highly configurable collections management system that accommodates diverse curatorial and visitor engagement requirements—for museums of all sizes and budgets. With this integrated platform, offer a Web portal and mobile capabilities for expanded access and an enriched visitor experience. Argus: Collections Management for forward-thinking museums.

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Surface Impression

Surface Impression is a digital media consultancy based in the UK and Canada. We are makers of web sites, apps and other interactive media for the not-for-profit sector, with a focus on work for museums, archives, galleries and other cultural heritage organisations. We also help organisations with digital strategies, fundraising, marketing, audience research, measurement and analysis.

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Tactile Vision Graphics

We offer: high-quality tactile graphics production on demand; a growing online products catalogue with 300 products of all kinds; 3D print and Braille Signage; and bespoke, personalised Braille transcription. We value quick service that is tailored to meet your needs; and we aim to work with you from start to finish, to ensure that the product you receive, whether tactile or Braille, is exactly what you want.  

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University of Waterloo

The University of Waterloo is one of Canada’s leading comprehensive universities with over 35,000 students in undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs, and is home to the world’s largest post-secondary co-operative education program of its kind.

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