ONmuseums: Redefining Museums

Aug 01, 2019
At the OMA
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'Confessions of a Museum Professional' at OMA Conference 2019
Call for Submissions

“Confessions of a Museum Professional” invites colleagues from around the world to mail in postcards and share anonymous stories and observations about studying and working in the cultural sector.

Postcards will be collected, read, and archived. Some may be selected for the Confessions of a Museum Professional Instagram account. If you would like your postcard to be considered for this year’s OMA Annual Conference 2019: Networks, please ensure your postcards are mailed by Friday, October 11, 2019. 

Read more HERE
Register for conference HERE

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Sparking Joy:
A Practical Guide to Collections Sanity
Concurrent Session at the OMA Annual Conference 2019: Net[works] Benefit!

Speaker: Claire Bennett, Assistant Curator/Collections Coordinator, Halton Heritage Services

Active collecting. Sustainability. Effective collections. Sharing economy. Collections managers are facing increasing pressure to develop relevant and useful collections, but how? This presentation and discussion will cover issues of deaccessioning, collections management, and utilizing networks to develop and manage collections.

Early Bird Deadline: August 15! Register for the conference HERE

Ontario Museum Association
Notice of 2019 Annual General Meeting

The Ontario Museum Association will hold its 2019 Annual General Meeting on Friday, October 25, 2019 at 8:00 am in the Grand Ballroom at the Brantford Best Western Hotel and Conference Centre in Brantford, Ontario.

Be a part of the OMA's AGM by registering for Conference HERE.

Register before August 15th to receive the Early Bird Rate!

Please contact the OMA for more information about voting privileges or the Annual General Meeting.

Click HERE for the proxy form and HERE for the agenda.

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Early Bird Registration at the OMA Annual Conference 2019 ends August 15th 

Download the Registration Form HERE

Register online HERE

New and Renewing OMA Members
Aurora Museum & Archives
B3K Digital
Bancroft North Hastings Heritage Museum
Bank of Canada Museum
Callander Bay Heritage Museum & Alex Dufresne Art Gallery
Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
Canadian Museum of Architecture
Carleton Place & Beckwith Heritage Museum
Centre franco-ontarien de folklore
Champlain Trail Museum and Pioneer Village
City of Kingston Civic Museums, Cultural Services
Cloyne and District Historical Society
Collingwood Museum
Fashion History Museum
Fort William Historical Park
Goulbourn Museum
Grimsby Museum
Huronia Museum & Huron Ouendat Village
Lennox and Addington County Museum and Archives
Magnetawan Heritage Centre
Manitouwadge Archival and Historical Society
Maryhill Historical Society
Massey Area Museum
Museum and Archives - Toronto District School Board
Museum Strathroy-Caradoc
Museum Windsor
Museums of Burlington
MZTV Museum of Television
Niagara Falls Museums
Nipigon Historical Museum
Norfolk Arts Centre
Nuria Montblanch Design
Orillia Museum of Art & History
Oshawa Museum
Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum
RBWM Historical Society - Schoolhouse Museum
Ron Morel Memorial Museum
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 63 Collingwood
Sarah & Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre
Sharon Temple National Historic Site
Ska-Nah-Doht Village and Museum
Sombra Museum
Stratford Perth Museum
Sudbury Region Police Museum
The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omamiwinini Pimadjwowin
The Friends of Algonquin Park
The Paris Museum and Historical Society
TIFF Film Reference Library
Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery
Upper Canada Village
Victoria County Historical Society Museum
Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care - History Walk
Wellington County Museum and Archives
Woodstock Art Gallery
Workers' History Museum
Upcoming OMA Dates
August 15: Early Bird Registration Deadline for OMA Conference 2019 (registere HERE)

August 21-23: CMS: Exhibit Planning & Design, Canadian Canoe Museum, Peterborough, ON. (Course Full - join the waiting list HERE)

September 11: Application deadline for CMA Conference Bursary

Six Weeks prior to an event: Canadian Museum Association Bursary (read more HERE)
Sector News
ICOM Announces the Alternative Museum Definition 

Following the processes of active listening, collecting and collating alternative definitions through its standing committee on Museum Definition, Prospects and Potentials (MDPP), the Executive Board of ICOM, selected the below as a new alternative museum definition. The definition will go to a vote to be included in the ICOM Statutes instead of the current museum definition at ICOM's next Extraordinary General Assembly (EGA), which will take place on 7 September 2019, in Kyoto, Japan:

"Museums are democratising, inclusive and polyphonic spaces for critical dialogue about the pasts and the futures. Acknowledging and addressing the conflicts and challenges of the present, they hold artefacts and specimens in trust for society, safeguard diverse memories for future generations and guarantee equal rights and equal access to heritage for all people.

Museums are not for profit. They are participatory and transparent, and work in active partnership with and for diverse communities to collect, preserve, research, interpret, exhibit, and enhance understandings of the world, aiming to contribute to human dignity and social justice, global equality and planetary wellbeing."

Read more HERE

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CMA Bursaries for Fall Conferences
OMA Conference: Apply before September 11

Application deadlines for the Conference Professional Development Bursary are approaching for Fall Conferences in 2019, including the OMA Conference in Brantford! Apply and you could receive up to $600 ($800 if attending from a remote area) towards your next conference attendance. Applications for the Conference Professional Development Bursary are due 6 weeks prior to the conference.

Read more HERE

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Blackbaud for Arts & Cultural Organizations Webinar:
Self Care in the Museum Workplace
Thursday, August 8 at 2:00pm

This webinar will explore how museum workers can employ self-care to sustain physical and mental health, and how museums can foster self-care in the workplace and create a less stressful work environment.

Read more HERE

Find more self-care resources in the OMA's Inclusion 2025: A Practitioner's Guide to Inclusive Museums HERE

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CCI Workshop: Energy Sustainability for Heritage Institutions
November 18-21, Apply by September 6

You can now apply to attend the Canadian Conservation Institute’s (CCI) advanced professional development workshop “Energy Sustainability for Heritage Institutions.” The workshop is aimed at professionals who make energy management decisions and who are interested in learning about how to make their heritage institutions more sustainable.

Read more HERE

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