ONmuseums: Scenario Planning Webinar - Save the Date!

Jun 18, 2020

Look for details about Canadian Heritage Emergency funding for Heritage Organizations through the emergency component of the Museums Assistance Program later this week.

Need to Know

OMA Council Nominations Now Open
Deadline: July 30, 2020
Download the Nominations Form Here
The duties and responsibilities of Council members are legal, ethical, procedural and guided by Towards 2025: The Ontario Museum Association’s Strategic Plan. The council is responsible for policy direction guiding the affairs of a museum association serving institutions and individuals across the province through a variety of professional services, programs and products. Council is expected to provide sound fiscal and ethical management and is legally responsible for the activities of the Association. In accordance with existing bylaws, Council members are elected for a two-year term of office at the Annual General Meeting and serve without remuneration, save for travel expenses incurred to attend Council meetings.

The Term of Office is 2 years. Nominees must be individual members of the Ontario Museum Association, and both the nominator and seconder must be members in good standing (individual, institutional or commercial). Not a member? Join online now.
Click HERE to download the nominations form.

The deadline for Council Nominations is July 30, 2020.

Please scan and email the completed nominations form, including nominator and seconder information to the attention of the Nominations Committee Chair at community@museumsontario.ca.
OMA Awards Deadline TOMORROW!

If you haven’t completed your nominations for the OMA Awards of Excellence, you’re cutting it close! Tomorrow’s the deadline and we want to hear from YOU! 

Submit your nomination HERE!

In light of the current COVID-19 crisis, and in consideration of its impact on both individual and institutional members, the OMA has made the difficult decision to postpone this year's in-person Conference. The Conference, originally scheduled to take place in Huntsville in October 2020, is postponed. Our tentative plan is to hold the AGM, celebrate the OMA Awards of Excellence, and potentially host other events online as appropriate this coming fall.

In view of this postponement, the OMA wants to thank all our stakeholders for their understanding. The Association will be in touch with all partners and stakeholders to consider potential and continued involvement.

Look for updates in the coming weeks. 
Ontario Extends Declaration of Emergency Until June 30, 2020

In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario is extending the provincial Declaration of Emergency to June 30th. As Ontario charts a path to recovery, the Declaration will support the continued enforcement of emergency orders that give hospitals and long-term care homes the necessary flexibility to respond to COVID-19 and protect vulnerable populations and the public as the province reopens

For the complete details about the extension, visit HERE.
Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) Program Extended!

The Prime Minister just announced this week that the CERB’s maximum eligibility period is extended by 8 weeks, meaning that individuals who’ve benefited from it since mid-March will now be eligible until the end of August. 

To read more about CERB or apply click HERE.
For news coverage of the extension, click HERE (CBC), HERE (Financial Post), or HERE (Globe and Mail). 
New Young Associates Tipsheet
Maximizing CEWS and Other Government Support

As more and more businesses move out of the emergency phase and into the planning phase of the pandemic, considerations surrounding CEWS and other government supports available throughout the rest of the year are top of mind. Young Associates wants to make sure you understand provisions of CEWS that may help you with budgeting for staffing over the summer and fall.

Need help? Contact Young Associates HERE.

To download the full tips sheet, click HERE.

All COVID-19 Stimulus Funding Available in Your Region, In One Place

With new COVID-19 stimulus announcements coming out every day, it can be difficult for businesses, municipalities, other organizations to keep track of what’s out there to support their operations. 

To read more and investigate opportunities, click HERE.
OMA Professional Development
Save the Date: Scenario Planning Webinar
Tuesday, July 14, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm ET

A co-presentation of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and the Ontario Museum Association

In this time of extreme uncertainty, scenario planning offers a methodology for thinking about what might happen so that organizations can prepare for a range of possibilities. Usually, when we plan for the future, we have a pretty good idea of what the world looks like: our purpose, our facility, our collection, our funding, our employees, our visitors are all at least somewhat predictable. The pandemic, social distancing and the resulting economic impacts, and the demands for true social change all require us to set aside those predictions and assumptions.


Judy Wolfe and Karen Wishart of Consulting Matrix will facilitate a small group of sector leaders while other participants observe the process. Observing participants will be able to ask questions of the panelists as they work through the agenda and scenario planning. 

Participants will learn how to plan for the long-term under extreme uncertainty and imagine possible futures. 

Stay tuned for more information!
Recording Available: Planning to Reopen your Museum or Gallery - A Conversation

As restrictions in Ontario begin to loosen, museums and galleries are beginning to look at the possibility of reopening. With many questions and uncertainties, institutions are looking for ways to proceed in a way that keeps everyone safe while making the community feel welcomed.

Listen to our conversation with Cheryl Blackman, Director of Museums and Heritage Services at the City of Toronto and Stephen Borys, Director and CEO of the Winnipeg Art Gallery for sector perspectives on how you could implement reopening strategies at your institution.

OMA Webinars are usually scheduled for Tuesdays at 10 am. Topics will be announced on the ONmuseums weekly newsletter, and visible on the OMA events calendar, as well as through our social media. 

The webinar recording is now available online HERE.
Upcoming OMA Dates
June 14: #MuseumsConnectON Member Check-In #10
Register HERE.
Other PD Opportunities
Webinar: Responding to Financial Crises Then and Now
June 18, 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET

Nonprofits across the country are adapting, innovating, and responding to COVID-19. But there is still work to be done to ensure the nonprofit sector can recover fully. Join operations expert and consultant strategist, Betty Ferreira, to discover lessons from previous crises that can help the nonprofit sector move forward and prepare for a post-COVID-19 world.

Read more and register HERE.
Culture's Compass: How the Industry Keeps Beating
A Free Online Interactive Conference by WorkInCulture and Humber College!

A free two-day virtual conference to discuss solutions and ideas for the arts and culture industry moving forward during this time of crisis.

The conference will take place on Thursday, June 25 and Friday, June 26, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (EDT). Organized by students in Humber College’s Arts Administration and Cultural Management program under the supervision of the Humber College Centre for Creative Business Innovation (CCBI), and in partnership with WorkInCulture, the free two-day event will be delivered via CrowdCast.

The conference speakers will include: Dr. Anthony Schrag (keynote speaker), Shawn Newman (Toronto Arts Council), Gaëtane Verna (The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, PowerUp), Julie Nagam (Artistic Director, Nuit Blanche), Menon Dwarka (Soundstreams), and many more. A variety of live artistic performances will be included throughout the conference including a live poetry reading by Nicole Sealey and John Murillo.

To read more and register, click HERE!
Elevate your Fundraising with Free Grant Connect Training!

Are you considering becoming a Grant Connect user to diversify your fundraising pipeline? Join Imagine Canada for a group demonstration where we’ll be talking about Grant Connect and how to find the best prospects for your nonprofit organization! There are two upcoming sessions: 

Thursday, June 18th 2:00-3:00 PM 
Tuesday, June 23rd 2:00-3:00 PM

Sign up HERE.
Racism, Unrest, and the Role of the Museum Field

On June 3, attendees of the AAM Virtual Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo came together to hear from Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III, and Lori Fogarty on the museum field’s role in combating racism. In the heat of the country’s reckoning with police killings of Black people, the conversation was an opportunity to come together as a community and listen to these powerful voices discuss how we can rebuild our field and our society for the better.

AAM is now making this conversation available to all, in recognition of its urgent value to museum institutions and professionals.

Watch the full video or read a transcript HERE.
Talk: How to Talk About Anti-Black Racism: Part 2 
June 24, 1:00 pm ET

Join Dr. Audrey Hudson, Associate Curator, Schools & Early Learning Programs engage part two of a round table discussion on how to talk about anti-black racism. This conversation will question what happens after the solidarity statement and how do we ensure wellness during these times of groundbreaking change? Panel participants: Freda Bizimana, Jayda Marley, Joy Martyr-Andre, Mosa McNeilly, Emmanuel Tabi, Sam Tecle, and Quentin VerCetty. Join us as we think about black futures.

Read more and register HERE.

Webinar: Looking Ahead: Sustainability Adding Value to Reopening
June 24, 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET

As the world faces the unprecedented in climate crisis and pandemics, museums are more important than ever for facilitating essential human connection.  Museums have a huge role to play in helping people imagine and contemplate that future through art and community engagement.  The buildings housing exhibits, interactive display, and collection are also major opportunities to address climate action in positive and tangible ways.  

The new ARC tool provides continuous metrics to help museums improve.  And green museums will already be ahead in readiness to welcome back the public.  Come hear these engaging leaders on their approach to sustainability and museum reopening – more importantly, what is that value proposition.

Read more and register HERE.
Webinar: Shifting Models of Engagement: A Social Media Guide
June 25, 10:00 am ET

In today’s COVID-19 reality, it is more important than ever for arts, culture, heritage, and non-profits to find creative solutions to engage new and existing audiences. Join the Halton Small Business Centre and Halton Heritage Services to learn how to:

-Expand your audience and discover new revenue streams
-Tell authentic and engaging stories by leveraging existing social media platforms
-Employ technology to realize your mission

Read more and register HERE.

Webinar: Revving Up Canada's Car Museum
July 8, 2020 - 12:00 pm ET

The Canadian Automotive Museum is located in a former 1920s auto dealership in downtown Oshawa, which was expected to be a “temporary” museum location, but over 50 years later the facility was in need of improvements for the health and well-being of both the collection and visitors.

As part of the Creative Space Case Studies Webinar Series, join Alexander Gates, the Executive Director of the Canadian Automotive Museum, as he shares the story of how a small independent charity secured $225,000 in government grants to improve the look and feel of the building.

In this webinar, Alexander will discuss the multi-year process of fundraising and community engagement that went into the transformation of the Canadian Automotive Museum, which was undertaken in phases in order to avoid mistakes learned from previous unsuccessful capital campaigns.

Read more and register HERE.
Free E-Book: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving and Thriving as a Cultural Organization in the 21st Century

Like so many industries, arts and cultural organizations are experiencing a rapid digital transformation. Consumer expectations are changing quickly - it is no longer a novelty to have an app or to incorporate technology as part of the in-person experience. Plus, amidst the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation, many organizations are shifting their operations online.

This e-book, a collaboration between Cuseum and Blackbaud, includes: 
  • Resources for operating during the coronavirus
  • Tips for catering to changing consumer expectations
  • Guidance for setting goals, using data, and developing best practices
  • Insights for leveraging technology tools effectively and a look at the future of technology in this space

Read more and download the e-book HERE.
Free Cuseum Webinar Recordings

Cuseum's webinars are available free of charge HERE including webinars:

  • Museum Think Tank: Cultural Organizations as Incubators for Social Impact
  • Striving Towards an Equitable Future: Addressing Systemic Injustice as a Cultural Organization
  • Diversity & Community Support in Membership & Visitor Services
  • Tapping into Fresh Ideas & Networks to Navigate the "New Normal"
  • The Onsite Member Experience after Coronavirus Closures

And more!

Webinar Series: Partners in Prevention Health & Safety
June 23 - June 26, 12:00 pm ET daily

Ontario is lifting more restrictions, allowing businesses to prepare to re-open. Do you have all the information you need to operate during COVID-19? Secure your spot to attend one, or all of the FREE live webinars hosted by the WSPS. Registration for each webinar is required.

June 23 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm ET  - LIMITED SPACE 
Becoming Agents of Change: Building a Health and Safety Mentor Mindset
Read more and register HERE.

June 24 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm ET - LIMITED SPACE
Adapting to a New COVID-19 Reality: The Use of Masks and Eye Protection and the Implications for Heat Stress and Other Concerns
Read more and register HERE.

June 25 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm ET 
Safety Insights & Safe Work Practices for Restaurants During COVID-19
Read more and register HERE.

June 26 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm ET 
Safety Makes Good Business $ense: Earn From Your Hard Work
Read more and register HERE.
Capital One Digital for Good Tech Jam 
November 13-15

Deadline to Apply: July 3, 2020

Capital One Digital for Good Tech Jam is an event created to give charities access to resources that aren’t always available in their day-to-day operations. If your charity has a tech solution in mind but needs help developing it, Digital for Good can pair you with a talented volunteer tech team. You’ll work together to bring your idea to life. 

Read more and apply HERE.

Even More PD Opportunities!

June 18, 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET - Webinar: Canadian Fundraising and COVID-19 
Charity Village
Read more and register HERE.

June 18, 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET - Talk: Shape of the Museum: Josh Dyer and Kelly McKinley 
Read more and register HERE.

June 24, 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET - Webinar: Uncertain Futures in the Time of Crises 
Myseum of Toronto
Read more and register HERE.

June 25, 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET - Webinar: Are Charities Ready for Social Finance? Investment Readiness in Canada's Charitable Sector
Charity Village
Read more and register HERE.

June 26, 2:00 pm ET - Webinar: How can the social good sector weather the storm of COVID-19?
Imagine Canada and TD Bank Group
Read more and register HERE.