ONmuseums: Free Admission to Museums

Nov 07, 2019
Ontario Fall Economic Statement
Providing Free Museum Admission for Young People

The Ontario Fall Economic Statement 2019 was released on November 6, and includes the following section: 

"Ontario has a vibrant history and culture, and the government wants to ensure that children across the province have increased access to learning and cultural opportunities. In 2006, the Province created the Fun Pass program. Using this as a model, the government is proposing to allow free access for children and will extend to attractions, museums, galleries and historic sites across the province. The details of the new program will be announced in the near future." 

Read the full Fall Economic Statement HERE

The OMA will follow up as more information becomes available. 

At the OMA
Natalie Wood and Peggy Hause, Brockville Museum; Khadija Aziz, Textile Museum of Canada; Bill Jeffery, Textile Museum of Canada; Andrea Wilson, Craigleith Heritage Depot; Anna Patterson and Kevin Puddister, Dundas Museum and Archives; Marty Brent

OMA Awards of Excellence
Congratulations to the 2019 Winners

The 2019 OMA Awards of Excellence were presented on October 24, 2019 at the OMA Annual Conference in Brantford:
  • Distinguished Career Award of Excellence: Marty Brent, Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives
  • Volunteer Service Award of Excellence: Bill Jeffery, Textile Museum of Canada
  • Excellence in Programs: Dundas Museum and Archives
  • Excellence in Community Engagement: Khadija Aziz, Textile Museum of Canada
  • Excellence in Exhibitions: Brockville Museum
  • Excellence in Special Projects: Craigleith Heritage Depot
Read more HERE
Steve Mackenzie, Kate Russell, Thomas Friel, Kaven Baker-Voakes, Erika Baird.

2019 CMS Graduates
Congratulations to the Certificate in Museum Studies Class of 2019! 11 Graduates completed the nine required courses in the CMS program and were awarded their certificates at the OMA Awards of Excellence Gala on October 24th.

Graduates: Erika Baird, Kaven Baker-Voakes, Alison Deplonty, Thomas Friel, Steve Mackenzie, Pamela Montgomery, Kiera O'Sullivan, Kate Russell, Karolina Skrzpek, Kevin Smith, Joanne van Dreumel. 

Learn more about the Certificate in Museum Studies HERE
Paul Robertson, new OMA President, with Marie Lalonde, Executive Director

New OMA Council Members
Meet the OMA Council 2019-2020

The Ontario Museum Association's governing body is its Council, whose 12 members are elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting. Council gives strategic policy direction to the Secretariat. 

Welcome new Council Members: 

  • Joe Corrigan, Volunteer, former Museum Manager, Lang Pioneer Village Museum
  • Kathy Fisher, Curator / Supervisor, Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site
  • Heather Montgomery, Education and Evaluation Specialist, Bank of Canada Museum 

Thank you to outgoing Council Members: 

  • Clark Bernat, Culture & Museums Manager, City of Niagara Falls Museums
  • Braden Murray, Museum Educator, Lake of the Woods Museum
  • Fraser McDonald, Public Service Alliance of Canada (formerly Ingenium)

See all Council members HERE

OMA with Pauline Dolovich and Emilio Genovese from Reich + Petch, Partners for the Opening Reception
Bringing down the house at the TOTAL Karaoke Dance Party
Delegates networking!
The Indigenous Matters Panelists
Send Us Your Photos!

Did you take some great shots at the OMA Conference? We'd love to see and share your photos.

Please send them to conference@museumsontario.ca to share them! 
New and Renewing OMA Members
Art Gallery of Hamilton
Bata Shoe Museum
Bruce Mines and District Historical Society
Campbell House Museum
Glengarry Pioneer Museum
Halton Hills Sports Museum and Resource Centre
Ingenium - Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation
Ingersoll Cheese and Agricultural Museum
Kimberly Moynahan, Consultant
Larose & Co. Marketing Services
Leacock Museum National Historic Site
Macleod Farley / MacLeod Farley & Associates
Meaford Museum
National Gallery of Canada
North Bay Museum
Norwich and District Museum
Oakville Museum
Oshawa Aeronautical Military and Industrial Museum - Ontario Regiment RCAC Museum
Ottawa Museum Network
Petawawa Heritage Society/Village
Reich + Petch Design International
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25 Military Museum
St. James Cathedral Archives and Museum
Timber Village Museum
Sector News
Symposium on Family Learning, Inclusion and the Value of Play in Museums
OMA Members save $30!

December 4-5, 2019
Join renowned experts in fields including museology, exhibition design, childhood and family learning, to explore the visitor experience for today’s children and their families.

Read more HERE

Online Arts Marketing Course: Mapping the Journey of Your Arts Audience
Rozsa Foundation in Partnership with the University of Calgary - Haskayne Executive Education

Application Deadline: Nov 22, 2019
Maximize marketing efforts and improve your customer experience.  It is important to understand all the touchpoints that influence consumer choices in the arts and the journey they travel on as they make attendance decisions.

Read more HERE
Watch the information webinar HERE

AltCon2020, Feb 23-25, 2020
Pre-Sale Deal for OMA Members

The Alternative Conference for Emerging Arts & Culture Professionals uses stimulating content to empower and equip a bold new generation of cultural sector professionals, instilling confidence, honing skill sets, and charting a clear path to career goals. With the 2020 focus on “Everything is Marketing” we want you to leave the two-day conference with more confidence in your personal brand, and a sense of self-leadership and self-advocacy. 

OMA Members save $15 on Early Registration Prices, using the discount code "OMA2019" until November 30, 2019.

Register HERE

Call for Exhibitors at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
Deadline December 13, 2019

The Community Exhibits Program at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario invites community museums, archives, art organizations, and other cultural institutions to create an exhibit for one of the display cases in the Legislative Building. Welcoming thousands of visitors each year, the Legislative Building is a great place to share your community's stories with visitors from all over Ontario and the world. 

Read more HERE

Conservation Treatment Application Deadline Extended
Extended Deadline: December 13, 2019

The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) offers conservation treatments on objects and works of art in order to prevent further deterioration, to aid interpretation or to re-establish culturally significant qualities. Treatments can range from minimal stabilization to more extensive restorations.

Read more HERE

In the Media
Museum workshop looks at Metis culture through art
Automotive Innovation Park could rev up hundreds of jobs in Simcoe County
(Including potential space for a museum)
Love of rural Chisholm featured in North Bay museum exhibit
BMO Financial Group Announces $650,000 Gift To Support New Canadian Canoe Museum
What's On
K-W Symphony Kinderconcert - The Porridge Pot
Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum
Deadly Dust: Remembering the 1919 Dominion Elevator Explosion
Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum
Travel Trunk: Unpacking Brockville's Cultural Stories
Brockville Museum
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