ONmuseums: ONBudget 2020

Feb 13, 2020
In this Issue:
Need to Know
Support for Ontario Museums in 2020 Budget

The Ontario Museum Association has recommended two areas for funding to the Ministry of Finance and the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs in advance of Ontario’s 2020 budget.

The two recommended areas for funding are:
  • Create Jobs for Young People in Growing Sectors 
  • Develop Digital Access & Engagement for Rural Communities
Read the full Submission HERE.

Museum staff, volunteers, and board members can support the OMA’s Submission in two key ways:
1. Writing a letter to your MPP to request a meeting:

Download a template letter 
Find your MPP's contact information HERE.

Please cc. the Ontario Museum Association, Marie Lalonde, mlalonde@museumsontario.ca, on your communications with your MPP.

The OMA can assist members in preparing for any meetings with MPPs.

2. Sharing a statement of support on social media or in other communications:
  • Ontario’s budget can empower museums to help Ontario reach its potential—for tourism, economic development, employment, and education.  #MuseumsConnectON #ONpoli #ONbudget
Click to Tweet this message HERE.
  • Museums, galleries, and heritage sites make Ontario communities distinct and vibrant places to live, work, visit, and invest. #MuseumsConnectON #ONpoli #ONbudget
Click to Tweet this message HERE. 
  • I support the Ontario Museum Association’s two funding priorities to Create Jobs for Young People in Growing Sectors and to Develop Digital Access & Engagement for Rural Communities
    #MuseumsConnectON #ONpoli #ONbudget
Click to Tweet this message HERE. 
Provincial News
Ontario Museums Receive Priority Registration for OF/BY/FOR ALL Bootcamp at ROM
Secure your team’s spot by February 17, 2020 before registration opens more widely.
This bootcamp is an opportunity for your team to get hands-on training in building authentic and impactful community partnerships. The event is being held at the ROM on April 28-29, 2020 and presented by OF/BY/FOR ALL, a global nonprofit that empowers civic and cultural organizations to become of, by, and for their diverse communities.

Read more and register HERE.
Indigenous Collections Sumposium 2020: 
Mashkawatgong-mamawewiziwin – strengthening our bonds, sharing our practices
Register Today!
Building upon the discussions from the 2017 Indigenous Collections Symposium, and with a focus on putting ideas into practice, this two-day event aims to support and connect museum professionals from Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations and members of Indigenous communities.
Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau, QC
Date of Event:
March 25-26, 2020
Click HERE for information including:
  • Updated Symposium Agenda and speaker information
  • Registration rates
  • Hotel room block information – book by February 24th
Thank you to the Canadian Museum of History for hosting this event.
The OMA would like to thank the Canadian Museums Association for their support.
Heritage Week
February 17-23, 2020

Heritage Week presents an excellent opportunity to showcase all types and aspects of heritage that Ontario has to offer: cultural, natural, architectural, archaeological and collections, as well as diverse traditions and cultural expressions.

The Ontario Heritage Trust publishes an online calendar of community events taking place during Heritage Week.
See the calendar HERE.

Update your museum event listings for Heritage Week!
Read the instructions HERE.

Join communities and museums across Ontario to celebrate Heritage Week 2020!
#MuseumsConnectON #HeritageWeek2020
Minister Lisa Thompson visits the Canadian Automotive Museum

The Honourable Lisa Thompson, Minister of Government and Consumer Services (pictured right), visited the Canadian Automotive Museum in Oshawa to showcase Ontario’s new license plates with the slogan “A Place to Grow”Minister Thompson toured the museum with Executive Director and Curator Alexander Gates, pictured left. 
Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre receives $21,000 for theatre upgrades

Sault Ste. Marie MP Terry Sheehan (pictured) announced that the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre would receive $20,772 from the Canada Cultural Spaces fund for audio visual upgrades to two of its theatre spaces.

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, stated, “Our government knows that investments in arts and culture help build vibrant communities. We are proud to support improvements to spaces like the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, which provide access to unique educational experiences for residents and visitors, and help preserve the heritage of local communities.”

Read more HERE. 
Dryden & District Museum receives funding for compact storage

The Dryden & District Museum has received $19,000 from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund towards the $37,700 cost of new high-density collections storage project. 

“We are looking forward to the completion of the project as it will help improve the preservation of objects currently part of the permanent collection, but also provide space for future artifact donations,” said Museum and Heritage Coordinator for the City of Dryden, Bethany Waite (pictured).

Read more HERE. 
Art Gallery of Hamilton receives funding for feasibility study

Art Gallery of Hamilton will be supported by the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund for $112,875 towards a feasibility study of potential significant renovation and improvements to storage, displays, interpretation, and an expanded mandate. 

Read more HERE. 
Out-of-Province News
Museum Associations Meet with Minister of Canadian Heritage
The Ontario Museum Association was honoured to join with the Canadian Museums Association and Toronto-area museum leaders for a roundtable with the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault (pictured fourth from left) on January 16 at the Royal Ontario Museum. 

The discussion emphasized the need for a new National Museum Policy, a review of funding streams and a simplification of the funding application process, as well as an expansion of the Museums Assistance Program.

The OMA looks forward to further collaboration with the Canadian Museums Association and our provincial and territorial colleagues on these critical items for museums. 

Read more from the Canadian Museums Association HERE.
Call for Nominations: Inscriptions to the Canada Memory of the World Register
Deadline: March 2, 2020

The Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) is pleased to launch the third Call for Nominations for inscriptions on the Canada Memory of the World Register. This Register recognizes significant documentary heritage related to Canada and its peoples, and is one of the vehicles of the UNESCO Memory of the World Program which aims at preserving and providing access to documentary heritage as the embodiment of the memory of humanity.

Special calls for proposals are also extended for documentary heritage related to Black Canadians and Indigenous languages and cultures. 

Read more HERE.
Upcoming OMA Dates

March 2: Deadline for Proposals for OMA Annual Conference 2020.
Read more HERE. 

March 25-26, 2020, Canadian Museum of History: Indigenous Collections Symposium: Mashkawatgong-mamawewiziwin – strengthening our bonds, sharing our practices.
Register HERE. 

April 20-22, Textile Museum of Canada: CMS: Collections Management

October 28-30, 2020, Huntsville: Ontario Museum Association Annual Conference 2020. Register HERE.
For any questions or comments, please contact Marie Lalonde, Executive Director, (mlalonde@museumsontario.ca) and Christopher Shackleton
at community@museumsontario.ca or by phone at: 416-348-8672 or toll free, 1 866 662 8672. 

Ontario Museum Association
Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Toll-free in ON: 1-866-662-8672
Phone: 416-348-8672
Fax: 416-348-0438