ONmuseums: OMA Webinar Caring for Heritage Collections

Apr 16, 2020
OMA Professional Development
OMA Webinar: Caring for Heritage Collections during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 10am

Cultural heritage institutions are coping with many challenges as the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. While collections are not directly at risk, the pandemic complicates their care. In this webinar, Irene Karsten will share information and recommendations compiled by the Canadian Conservation Institute to help those responsible for heritage collections. Questions about collections contamination, disinfection of museum spaces, and risks to collections during long-term shut down will be addressed, based on the evolving collective knowledge of the public health and infectious disease research communities merged with what we know about keeping collections safe.

Register HERE.
Questions? Email pd@museumsontario.ca

Upcoming OMA Dates
The OMA continues to plan all programming according to Public Health directives regarding COVID-19.

OMA Webinar: Caring for Heritage Collections during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 10am. Register HERE.

OMA Awards of Excellence: Nomination deadline May 22, 2020. More information HERE.

POSTPONED – Certificate in Museum Studies: Museums in Historic Buildings
New date: Nov 4-6, 2020, Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum, Kitchener, ON.

All future in-person and online events will be confirmed in advance. Please check the OMA website for updates.

Registrations for all postponed events will carry forward. Refunds will be provided on request.
COVID-19 News, Updates, Resources

COVID-19 Resources

As the landscape shifts daily during the COVID-19 pandemic, the OMA is committed to providing information to support Ontario’s museums and museum workers to weather this crisis and recover well once the threat has passed.

We have created a webpage dedicated to COVID-19 Resources that will be updated as new information and resources become available.


    The OMA has a dedicated webpage of resources, events, and information HERE


    From Imagine CanadaChart of Federal Government Covid-19 Measures – Implications for Sector Organizations HERE
    -quick and easy information and links to all currently-identified measures

    From Young Associates"How-To"s for Accessing COVID-19 Government Relief Programs

    OMA's Advocacy Response to COVID-19

    Government of Canada:

    Digital Outreach During Closures:

    COVID Resources and Responses from Other Associations

    Supporting Volunteers

    Upcoming Webinars
    Virtual Panel: How Nonprofits can Navigate & Adapt to the COVID Crisis
    April 16, 2020. 2pm - 3pm ET | 11am - 12pm PT

    On the 1-hour round-table discussion, nonprofit sector industry leaders and experts will discuss resources available to organizations at this time and how nonprofits can respond to the COVID-19 situation to emerge stronger and more prepared than ever.

    Register HERE.

    April 22, 2020,  3:00-4:30pm

    Art in the Time of COVID-19 is a panel discussion that explores how we value art and artists during a time of crisis. Even though many artists are increasingly vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic, they’re finding new and innovative ways to share their work for our collective well-being.

    Join us and our stellar panel of arts innovators as we reflect on the intersectional vulnerabilities presented by COVID-19, and what our engagement with the arts during this time can tell us about the value of arts and culture in our society.

    Register HERE.

    Other PD Opportunities
    Museums Together Virtual Conference 
    April 16, 2020. 11 a.m. ET

    The CMA is proud to offer Museums Together, a free, one-day, virtual event to discuss some of the key issues facing Canada’s museums today.

    Please mark your calendar and join the CMA and partners on April 16th starting at 11 a.m. ET for a variety of stimulating sessions covering key issues for museums today and in the future

    All sessions will be streamed, with speakers joining via webcam, and they will be offered in both official languages.

    No registration is required for the public portion of the event. Just add it to your calendar and bookmark this page. The sessions will be available via a link on the webpage.

    OECD Webinar: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and museums. Impact, innovations and planning for post-crisis.

    This webinar, held on April 10, 2020, in collaboration with ICOM, gathered representatives of the museum community, local and national governments to review: - The short and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on museums - The innovative solutions put in place by museums across countries - The policy supports put in place by national and local governments to alleviate the short and long-term effects of the COVID-19 crisis on museums and their broader ecosystems.

    Featured Nathalie Bondil, Director General & Chief Curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

    Watch the recording HERE.

    CMA Strategic Planning: Community Engagement Survey
    Open until April 24, 2020

    The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) is in a time of transition and is distributing a Community Engagement Survey as part of its 3-year strategic planning process to determine how it can best attract and serve its constituents. We invite you to share your opinions on the CMA and its work in supporting museums and professionals in the sector throughout Canada. The survey should take approximately 10-12 minutes to complete. It will close on Friday, April 24, 2020.

    This survey is being independently administered and tabulated by Arts Consulting Group Canada.

    Respondents who complete the survey and provide their contact information by April 24, 2020 will be entered in a draw to receive one of five complimentary registrations to the next CMA Conference.

    Complete the survey HERE.
    TrendsWatch 2020

    The Future of Financial Sustainability
    By exploring past disruptions in museums’ traditional business models and sharing some of the emerging practices for financial health, TrendsWatch: The Future of Financial Sustainability is intended to provoke honest discussion and swift action designed to help secure museums’ financial futures.
    Read more HERE.

    #TrendsWatch 2020
    April 16, 2020. 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET

    Join us for a tweet chat using #TrendsWatch2020 about insights and how to use them for short-term strategies in the coming year. Hosts include Rebekah Beaulieu, Director, Florence Griswold Museum and Elizabeth Merritt, VP Strategic Foresight, American Alliance of Museums.
    More information HERE.

    Cuseum Webinar Recording: Expanding the Member Experience During Coronavirus

    As museums continue to prolong their physical closures due to coronavirus, membership and development professionals are encountering new challenges. Now that in-person visits and special exhibition tickets can no longer serve as a primary benefit to members, how do membership professionals expand, augment and/or transform the member experience?

    Watch the recording HERE.

    Upcoming Deadlines
    National Trust Awards
    Nominations Deadline: April 24, 2020

    The National Trust Awards honour contributions to community, identity, and sense of place. We’re looking for transformational projects, inspiring communities, and resilient historic places – whether they are landscapes, structures, complexes, districts, First Nations reserves and communities, towns or cities. Our Awards are open to not-for-profits and charities, private enterprises, and governments, including municipalities and First Nations governments – anyone who is bringing historic places to life in ways that benefit people and communities. 

    Read more HERE.

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