ONmuseums: OMA Conference 2020 Update

Aug 20, 2020
Need to Know
OMA 2020 Annual Conference: Save the Dates!

This year the Ontario Museum Association Conference is going virtual! With this new format comes new possibilities; the OMA is planning on taking advantage of all a virtual conference can offer. 

Our full program and registration are to be released shortly, but for now we would like to announce that the OMA 2020 Annual Conference will occur on two Thursdays, October 29 and November 5, and will be accompanied by a webinar series presented on each Tuesday of November. 

The OMA Conference program is inspired by the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also plans to address the many challenges facing museums during the COVID-19 pandemic and social upheaval that have made 2020 an extraordinary year. We look forward to welcoming delegates from across Ontario this fall, and are excited to share our program with you in the coming days. 

Ontario Museum Association 2nd Survey on the Impacts of COVID-19 for Ontario Museums
Fill in the Survey Today!
We know that COVID-19 has created a challenging and unprecedented environment for Ontario's museum operations. Since the pandemic began, the OMA has been working to respond to and voice the concerns and diverse needs of our sector, including presentations and submissions at the provincial and federal levels. 

We ask that you complete this second Survey to capture impacts of COVID-19 on museums to the end of July 2020. Survey responses provide evidence that forms the foundation of our advocacy work with government, funders, and other organizations.

This second Survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete, and the results will be widely shared with the sector as a reference.
Respond to the Survey HERE!
OMA Professional Development
CMS: Education Programs
Few Spots Remaining!

The Education and Public Programs course provides a learner-centered approach to the planning and design of engaging and relevant learning experiences for diverse audiences. Students will engage in collaborative learning activities, connecting theory to practice while designing programming that responds to emerging trends and shifts in the museum field. 

Register before the spots are gone! Read more and enroll HERE.
CMS: Museums in Historic Buildings
Registration opens September 2, 2020!

Participants will acquire the knowledge and techniques required to manage a museum within the context of a historic building, and to care for the historic building as an artifact. The objective of this course is to familiarize participants with the activities and concerns involved in the careful conservation of the historic building, particularly as they relate to the building’s use as a museum. 

Read more HERE.
Email pd@museumsontario.ca to add your name to the waiting list.
Upcoming OMA Dates
September 14, 2020: CMS: Museums in Context
Email pd@museumsontario.ca to add your name to the waiting list.

October 29 & November 5, 2020: OMA 2020 Annual Conference - Virtual! 
Registration and Details Coming Soon! 
Museums in the News
It’s a constant battle to keep Canada’s museums afloat. COVID-19 has made it worse.

"Canadian museums are reeling from the impact of the COVID-19 shutdown and need both emergency and permanent funding if they are to survive, according to a brief prepared for the federal government."

Read the full article HERE.
Anonymous donor offers up more than $250,000 to Lang Pioneer Village

"If heads were hanging low throughout Lang Pioneer Village when COVID-19 forced a shutdown to this year’s tourism season, officials were given reason to throw their hands in the air this month.

In a report to county council Aug. 5, councillors learned an anonymous donor has come forward with a gift of up to more than a quarter-million dollars to the museum site just southeast of Peterborough."

Read the full article HERE.
Museums Are Experts at Thinking Long-Term. That’s Why They Must Lead the Fight for a Greener Future—Before It’s Too Late

"Our planet is in deep trouble, assailed by inter-related crises of climate, biodiversity, and pollution. Museums and galleries can—and must—have a fundamental role in speaking out about these crises and in charting a greener future before it is too late."

Read more HERE.

Upcoming PD Opportunities
COVID-19 Relief: Museum Assistance Program Funding Q&A 
Webinar: August 20, 2020; 1:00pm - 2:00pm ET

Join the BCMA, Alberta Museum Association, Yukon Historical & Museum Association and Colleen Craig of Canadian Heritage for this co-hosted webinar. The COVID-19 relief fund is intended to get money out the door to museums, archives & other heritage organizations to provide support during these exceptional times. 

Read more HERE.
Don’t Miss Out on the Final Case Studies Webinar: Securing Permanent Space
Webinar: August 20, 2020; 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET

Join ArtsBuild Ontario, John Kastner, and Franco Boni for a webinar focused on the process of acquiring space for arts and heritage organizations. This webinar has two sections, the first features John Kaster and the Stratford Perth Museum and the second features Franco Boni and The Theatre Centre.

Read more HERE.
Re-Opening Series: Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity for Membership Programs
Webinar: August 20, 2020; 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET

Find out how to incorporate diversity, inclusion, and equity into your membership program. You will learn that by focusing on knowledge, empathy, and action you can create a community that is inclusive for people of different races, cultures, and backgrounds.

Read more HERE.
Branching Out!
Webinar: August 24, 2020; 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET

Stephan Dyer former banker turned comedian, will be joining us to share insightful tips, tools and ideas on how to successfully branch out, reinvent yourself and your business. 

Read more HERE.
Conscience Matters Webinar Series

Conscience Matters brings together members, Coalition staff and special guests to probe pressing issues facing Sites of Conscience today and showcase innovative and effective strategies to help members energize their audiences and play a leading role in our global movement for memory.

What Next? Perspectives on the Future of Divisive Monuments
August 26, 2020; 2:00 pm ET
Read more and register HERE.

Say What? Navigating Harmful Visitor Responses
August 27, 2020; 9:00 am ET
Read more and register HERE.

The Welcome Brigade: Self-Care for Front-Line Workers at Museums
September 3, 2020; 9:00 am ET
Read more and register HERE.

Introduction to Repatriation: Principles, Policy and Practice
Professional Development Short Course

The repatriation of Ancestral Remains is a highly significant Indigenous achievement
and inter-cultural development of the past 40 years. Participants will explore the practice, history, meaning and significance of repatriation for Indigenous peoples, museums and broader society. 

*Grants are available to cover course fees for Indigenous community members without institutional support - apply through the registration form on the course site.

Download the course description HERE. 
Read more and register HERE.
More Upcoming PD Opportunities!

Webinar: Building and Nurturing DEAI Committees: Theory and Practice in Museums
Cultural Competence Learning Institute
August 20, 2020; 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET
Read more and register HERE.

Webinar: Lunch & Learn: How XR Experiences in Museums Can Support Equity and Inclusion
California Association of Museums
August 20, 2020; 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET
Read more and register HERE.

Webinar: Independent Museum Professionals Talk: What's Next?
American Alliance of Museums
August 25, 2020; 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm ET
Read more and register HERE.

Webinar: Sustainable Futures: Museums and Communities Working Together
Association of Children's Museums
August 26, 2020; 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm ET
Read more and register HERE.

Webinar: Care and Curation of Archaeological Collections for Museums
American Institute for Conservation
August 26, 2020; 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET
Read more and register HERE.
New Resources
New survey: The state of the Ontario nonprofit sector three months into the COVID-19 crisis
ONN Survey Report

ONN and the Assemblée de la Francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) partnered on a bilingual survey to understand of the impact of the pandemic on Ontario’s 58,000 nonprofits and charities, and the effectiveness of the public policy and supports provided by the provincial and federal governments. It was also conducted to gather evidence of the need for future support or policy decisions on the road to recovery to emphasize, respect and recognize the role of nonprofits in their communities.

Read the highlights of the report HERE.
Read the full report HERE.
How to Hold a Virtual Fundraising Event Using Zoom

COVID-19 creates new challenges to be overcome in order to maintain donor engagement and minimize interruptions to their fundraising campaigns. Sumac takes you step-by-step through setting up Zoom to run your first online fundraising event.

Read more HERE.
More Resources!

Free Webinar Recordings
Ontario Nonprofit Network and Imagine Canada
  • Responding to financial crises then and now; Watch the recording HERE.
  • The importance of data during a pandemic; Watch the recording HERE.
  • Tips and tools for effective virtual programming; Watch the recording HERE.
  • How to cut, contain, and restructure costs in uncertain times; Watch the recording HERE.
  • Supporting frontline and essential workers: The importance of decent work during a crisis; Watch the recording HERE.
  • Tips and traps to avoid when banking online; Watch the recording HERE.
  • Scenario planning and cash flow management during uncertain times; Watch the recording HERE.
  • Managing staff and volunteers during COVID-19, Part 2; Watch the recording HERE.
  • Managing staff and volunteers during COVID-19, Part 1; Watch the recording HERE.
  • Running a nonprofit virtually during a pandemic; Watch the recording HERE.
Blog Posts
American Alliance of Museums
Browse the articles HERE.

Webinar Recordings Series
Browse the collection HERE.

Webinar Recording: Accessibility in a Post-COVID World?
New England Museum Association
Watch the recording HERE.