ONmuseums: Managing Change in Museums

Jul 23, 2020
Need to Know
Museums Assistance Program Emergency Assistance Update
Funding For Small Museums

The Canadian Heritage portal for Museums Assistance Program Emergency Assistance has been updated to accept applications from small museums with budgets between $2,000 and $10,000. 

The Museums Assistance Program (MAP) - COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations provides financial assistance to organizations in order to allow them to continue to care for their heritage collections under these exceptional circumstances so that they remain accessible to Canadians.

Who can apply:
The following organizations with heritage collections are eligible for funding:

  • Not-for-profit organizations such as museums, archives, or historic sites (including those that operate seasonally and those without full-time staff);
  • Indigenous organizations or official language minority community organizations; and,
  • Municipal and university museums with a distinct budget.

To be eligible, applicants must also:

  • Provide public access through regular hours of operation (including on a part-time or seasonal basis), and,
  • Have had annual expenses in 2019 between $2,000 and $3,000,000.

Application deadline:
September 1, 2020

Please note that funds are limited and the department expects a high volume of applications. The program recommends organizations apply at their earliest convenience.

To Apply, Click HERE
Read more HERE.

If you have any questions, email PCH.info-info.PCH@canada.ca or call 819-997-0055, 1-866-811-0055 (toll-free), or 1-888-997-3123 (toll-free, TTY).

OMA Resources
Managing Changing Operations
Your OMA membership gives you access to all kinds of resources, webinars, promotional opportunities and more! With changes on the horizon due to the COVID-19 pandemic, here are some selected resources available on the OMA website for managing changing operations. 

Bringing Change Initiatives to your Organizations: Things to Consider
Some steps to consider when building the case for change in your museum.

Webinar: Managing Up, Down and Across Change Management Fundamentals
As part of the Museum Inclusive Leadership project, the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) is pleased to present Managing Up, Down and Across: Change Management Fundamentals, a webinar and opportunity to learn how museums and cultural institutions can use ADKAR and change management strategies to create a cultural shift towards greater equity and inclusion.

Engaging your Community: A Toolkit for Museums
The toolkit outlines a process through which individual museums can work with the community to assess their relevance and create a plan to deepen their relationship with the community, in turn increasing the sustainability of the museum.

See all OMA Resources HERE!
Members in the News 
Niagara Falls Museum dedicates permanent exhibit to Wilma Morrison
Guelph Museums asks for donation to document Black Lives Matter movement
Olde Gaol Museum receives $25,000 for exhibit honouring business leaders
How five Toronto museums are revamping for COVID times
Outside Ontario - Other Sector News
External Resources
Recording: Minister MacLeod's 8th Townhall

On July 13, 2020, the Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries held the eighth in a series of telephone town halls intended to give Ontario stakeholders an update on COVID-19 as it applies to their businesses and organizations. 

Minister MacLeod was joined by moderator Tim Hudak as she revealed details about how the province framework to transition into Phase 3 of its reopening beginning Friday, July 17.

Listen to the recording HERE.
Two New Canadian Heritage Information Network Resources 
Developed with the Balboa Park Online Collaborative
Guidelines for choosing a collections management system:

This resource includes:
  • CMS recommendations: A list of recommended steps that institutions should take when selecting a CMS.
  • Checklist and questionnaire guidelines: Information on how to complete the documents and when to submit them in the selection process, with a simple checklist.
  • Institutional questionnaire: A questionnaire to help institutions specify their needs.
  • Vendor questionnaire: A questionnaire completed by vendors to provide information so that institutions may choose the best fit.
Read more HERE.

Collections management system criteria checklist:

The Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) Collections Management System Criteria Checklist (CMSCC) has been updated and now includes over 800 criteria. The requirement descriptions for the criteria can be helpful for an institution seeking to upgrade or acquire a collections management system (CMS).

Read more HERE.
Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Museums: History Alive!
Now Accepting Nominations!

The Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Museums: History Alive! is a partnership between the Canadian Museums Association (CMA) and Canada's History Society (CHS). The goal of the History Alive! award is to honour significant achievement in the historical field and encourage standards of excellence specifically in the presentation, preservation and interpretation of national, regional or local history.

Know of an individual or institution that has made remarkable contributions to a better knowledge of Canadian history?

Nominations due August 21, 2020.  

Read more and submit a nomination HERE.
Niagara Museums in the Time of COVID-19
Webinar Recording
The COVID crisis hit all museums, the St. Catharines Museums and Welland Canals Centre and Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum both adapted to the times. Kathleen Powell and Sarah Kaufman share how they adapted, what struggles they have had, their successes and how they have prepared to open their doors to the public.

Read more HERE.
7 Tools for Creating Nonprofit Infographics
Use these tools to create stunning and informative infographics to support your museum.
Read more HERE.
How Nonprofits Can Work With Online Volunteers
In response to COVID-19, Together Project's staff and volunteers had to quickly adapt and pivot their programs in order to continue providing social support to newcomers in Canada. While their new model is only a few months in the making, Together Project has learned a great deal about how to set up an online volunteering program. 

Read more and register HERE.
OMA Job Board
Tiny Museum Coordinator
Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum
We recently constructed a mobile museum that will allow us to deliver a museum experience and education programs directly to schools. We call this mobile museum, The Tiny Museum! The Tiny Museum Coordinator is responsible for the planning, development and execution of the educational programs and exhibitions for the Tiny Museum. 

July 24, 2020
Read more and apply HERE.
Social Media Officer
Ingenium - Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation
The Social Media Officer manages and is accountable for all Ingenium social media channels to help the corporation and its three museums achieve their mandate and strategic objectives.   

July 28, 2020
Read more and apply HERE.
Digital Officer
Myseum of Toronto
We are looking for a ‘show runner’, someone to elevate Myseum’s storytelling by developing a transformative digital experience based on research from trends and best practices by leading institutions inside and outside of the museum sector.

July 29, 2020
Read more and apply HERE.
Programming and Collections Assistant (YCW)
Watson's Mill Manotick Inc.
Watson’s Mill Manotick Inc. (WMMI) is a unique 19th-century grist and flour mill that has been in operation since 1860. Located at the heart of Manotick, on the shores of the Rideau River, it is the only working industrial heritage site in the Ottawa region.

July 31, 2020
Read more and apply HERE.
Manager, Region of Waterloo Museums
Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum
Manages the operation of the Region of Waterloo’s museums (Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum, McDougall Cottage, Schneider Haus, Doon Heritage Village, Waterloo Region Curatorial Centre) including visitor services; marketing; program delivery; exhibit development; site preservation and maintenance; and the stewardship and development of the artifact collection. Manages the strategic direction and continuous improvement of the museum system to ensure relevant service to the community. Develops long range plans and strategic initiatives and goals, performance and quality standards, and maintenance standards to bring the history of the Region to life and engage and connect the community.

August 3, 2020
Read more and apply HERE.
 Ontario Museum Jobs
To access all OMA Job Board Listings, CLICK HERE

The OMA features job listings from the online submissions received through our website.  To submit a listing for an open position at your institution, CLICK HERE!