ONmuseums: Healthy Communities & Museums

Nov 14, 2019
In this Issue:
Need to Know
Healthy Parks Healthy People Consultation Survey
Deadline: November 25, 2019

Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks is welcoming survey responses from across the province as part of the consultation to improve Ontario Parks’ programs, policies and partnerships. The consultation focuses on the link between human health and healthy ecosystems

Many museums contribute to the natural environment of their communities, through initiatives like heritage gardens, nature trails, and their contributions to stewardship and conservation of natural heritage. 

Read more from the Ministry HERE. 
Read more from Ontario Parks HERE. 

Complete the Survey HERE. 
Museums and Health
Ontario’s Museums 2025: Strategic Vision & Action Plan includes the following goal for the province's cultural institutions: 
  • Ontario’s museums are key social agents–pivotal to the success, health and wellbeing of Ontario’s communities.

Museums are engaging with this goal in a number of ways, through innovative programs that seek to improve health at the individual and the community level. 

  • The OMA's Annual Conference 2014, Healthy Museums, Vibrant Communities, focussed closely on museums' role in health, including keynote speaker Maurice Davies. See Conference presentations HERE.  
  • The OMA and the ROM are connected to the Alliance for Healthier Communities' work on Social Prescriptions. Read more HERE. 
  • The Royal Ontario Museum's Community Access Network has embarked on a year-long pilot project of Social Prescriptions. Read more HERE. 
  • The American Alliance of Museums' most recent issue of Museum, Nov/Dec 2019, highlights health and well-being work in museums. Read some articles for free HERE.
Provincial News
Ontario offering free children's admissions to museums
In the 2019 Fall Economic Statement, Ontario’s Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries announced free children's admissions to sites across the province, based on the existing model of the Fun Pass program. 

In a statement to Global News, Minister Lisa MacLeod remarked:
“By increasing children’s access to Ontario’s museums, attractions, galleries and historic sites, we’re encouraging families to explore all that Ontario has to offer while driving indirect investments in local communities across the province.”

Read the 2019 Fall Economic Statement HERE. 

From Ontario's Museums 2014 Profile
  • 22% of Ontario museums are free to enter
  • 23% of Ontario museums have admission-by-donation policies
  • A total of 88% of Ontario museums can be entered for free at some times, thanks to special programs or offers
The OMA will follow up as more information becomes available.

Read more from Global News HERE. 
Consultations for Budget 2020

Ahead of Ontario’s 2020 Budget, the provincial government has launched a consultation process. The timing and process for in-person consultations have not yet been released, but written and online submissions are now being accepted.
Read more HERE.
Community Exhibits Program Applications
Deadline: December 13, 2019
Ontario’s Legislative Assembly is once again accepting applications for the Community Exhibits Program, which is an opportunity for Ontario’s cultural organizations to showcase their treasures and stories for the thousands of visitors to the west wing gallery. 

Read more HERE. 

Complete the application HERE. 
ArtsBuild Ontario Learning Series Webinar
"Financial Management and Capital Projects"
Thursday, November 21, 2019
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST
Cost: $25

Module #2 in the Creative Spaces Online Training Series will introduce the six stages of capital project management beginning with the roles to be played by Boards throughout the process. 

Register HERE. 

Oxford County will receive $20,000 from the Ontario government to help support senior docent programs at the Woodstock Museum National Historic Site. WOODSTOCK SENTINEL-REVIEW
Woodstock Museum National Historic Site receives funding to support senior docents

$20,000 from the Ontario government’s Seniors Community Grant Program will help support senior docent programs at the Woodstock Museum National Historic Site.

The Grant supports programs that help seniors stay engaged and socially connected in their own communities. 

Read more HERE.

Stacey Janzer/CBC
Park House Museum National Historic Site recognized with new plaque

Amherstburg's Park House Museum, built in 1796, was nationally recognized by Parks Canada and the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, who unveiled a plaque commemorating the house's significance.

The House is one of the oldest in the region, and with its attached warehouse reflects the economic history along the Detroit River. 

Read more HERE.

OMA Initiatives
Data Collection: It's Not Too Late!
Ontario's Regional Museum Networks (RMNs) have been working with the OMA to collect submitted applications to this year's Community Museum Operating Grant (CMOG), to be able to identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in the sector. 

Thank you to all who have submitted!

It's not too late to share your application! Please contact your RMN representative or send a copy to community@museumsontario.ca

Read more about RMNs HERE. 

Out-of-Province News
Funding for Small Museums:
Virtual Museum of Canada
Community Stories
Proposals due February 5, 2020

Small community museums or heritage organizations could receive an investment of $15,000 to share their story online as a virtual exhibit.  

Read more HERE. 

See examples of the Community Stories initiative HERE. 

Upcoming OMA Dates

November 20-22: CMS: Education Programs, Simcoe County Museum, Minesing (Registration is FULL) 

November 27: Registration opens for CMS: Care of Collections (register HERE)
* CMS: Artifacts is a prerequisite

December 4-5: Symposium on Family Learning, Inclusion and the Value of Play in Museums, Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau, QC 
(Special price for OMA members!) (more information)