ONmuseums: Strengthening our Bonds, Sharing our Practices - ICS2020 Program

Feb 20, 2020
OMA Professional Development
Indigenous Collections Symposium 2020: Mashkawatgong-mamawewiziwin – strengthening our bonds, sharing our practices
March 25-26, 2020, Canadian Museum of History
Register Here!
Check out the updated program HERE
Speakers Include:
  • Krista Ulujuk Zawadski, Government of Nunavut
  • Melissa Phillips, Museum Windsor
  • Laura  Peers, Trent University
  • Naomi Recollet, Ojibwe Cultural Foundation
  • John Moses, Canadian Museum of History
  • Beverly Cox, Chisasibi Heritage and Cultural Centre
  • Sylvia Morin, Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Cultural Education Centre
  • Renee Wasson Dillard, Enji-Naabiigigeying Studio, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa
  • Crystal 'Mikinaak' Migwans, Columbia University: Doctoral Candidate
  • Jennelle Doyle, Library and Archives Canada

Book your room at the Best Western Plus Gatineau-Ottawa by Monday, February 24th to take advantage of the OMA group rate. Find out more HERE.

Upcoming Deadline
March 2, 2020

The OMA Annual Conference 2020 provides an opportunity to reflect on how Ontario museums are currently working, and can become more engaged, with worldwide initiatives to improve the lives of people, protect the planet, strengthen our institutions, and ensure prosperity for all. 
The OMA welcomes proposals that discuss the successes, lessons learned, and  a “think global, act local” approach in museum work today. Some questions to consider are:
  • What work is your museum doing in support of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
  • How have you collaborated in pursuit of common goals, leveraged your skills and unique resources, or used a new approach to enhance positive impacts?
  • How have your museum spaces or collections served a sustainable or empowering purpose?
  • How does your museum support the health of the people around you? 
Read more HERE.
Register for Three CMS Courses!

CMS Course: Collections Management
Registration now open!

Course: Collections Management
Date: April 20-22, 2020
Location: Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto
Course Director: Janet Reid, Markham Museum

CMS Course: Museums & the Community
Registration opens Monday, February 24th!

Course: Museums & the Community
Date: May 4-July 5, 2020
Location: Online
Course Director: Amy Barron, Clarington Museums and Archives

CMS Course: Museums in Historic Buildings (Facilities Management)
Registration opens Wednesday, February 26th!

Course: Museums in Historic Buildings (Facilities Management)
Date: May 6-8, 2020
Location: Waterloo Region Museum, Kitchener
Course Director: Marcus Letourneau and Gordon Robinson, Letourneau Heritage Consulting

Log into your Individual Member account and click on My Courses to register.
Questions? Email pd@museumsontario.ca

Read more about the CMS program and read course descriptions HERE.
Canadian Conservation Institute Workshop 2020: Mount-making
Presented in Partnership with the Ontario Association of Art Galleries

This year’s CCI Workshop took place at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre in Oakville, Ontario on February 5-6, 2020.

Led by Carole Dignard and Kathleen Sullivan, the workshop focused on mount-making, and covered strategies for designing and creating mounts that would protect and support objects. The participants were also able to apply their knowledge through designing and producing their own mounts.

Thank you to the Oakville Museum for hosting this event and to the Canadian Conservation Institute for offering this workshop in Ontario.
Upcoming OMA Dates
February 24, 2020: Registration opens for CMS: Museums & the Community 

February 26, 2020: Registration opens for CMS: Museums in Historic Buildings

March 2, 2020: Call for OMA Conference proposals closes
Other PD Opportunities

Creative Space Projects: A Brainstorming Workshop 2020
February 25, 2020
Join ArtsBuild Ontario for a structured brainstorming session, a panel with three experienced Arts Professionals, and a mock plan for a creative hub designed by Interior Design students!

This workshop provides the opportunity for participants to discuss their projects and openly problem-solve with others tackling similar projects. Participants will be guided through a series of exercises that will allow them to brainstorm solutions or ideas around their own issues.

Learn more and register 

Webinar - Hiring Help for Nonprofit Managers
February 27, 2020

Using a combination of best practices and lived experience, this webinar will walk you through the key steps to a successful selection of your next hire.

Read more and register 

Museum Collections Webinar Series

The Museum Collections webinar series explores the stories that are told through collections and artifacts. This webinar series features curators and other collections specialists and partners to understand how they decide what gets communicated through their objects.

Webinars will be 25 minutes in length with time for a Q&A period with the audience after the presentation. All presentations are free to attend and will be recorded and published on the Canada's History YouTube channel.

Learn more and register HERE.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 2PM Central Time
In this webinar, Amelia Fay will discuss the objects and stories of the Hudson's Bay Company Collection at the Manitoba Museum.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - Time TBD
In this webinar, staff and partners from the Galt Museum will discuss the exhibit  "Inqueeries: 2SLGBTQ+ Histories of Southwestern Alberta."
Community Engagement and Alternative Financing Workshops

Enrich your understanding of Community Engagement and Alternative Financing for creative space projects! Learn from experts at the Community Forward Fund and Cobalt Connects in upcoming LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT workshops in Guelph or Cambridge.

Presenters Julia Vlad, Vice President of Lending from the Community Forward Fund and Jeremy Freiburger, Chief Connector and Cultural Strategist from Cobalt Connects will share examples, strategies and draw on real projects within the arts sector.

Thursday, February 27, 2020
10 Carden
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
$10 Commitment Fee
Lunch Provided
Register Here!
Thursday, March 10, 2020
Cambridge Centre for the Arts
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
$10 Commitment Fee
Lunch Provided
Register Here!
Application Deadline for the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network 2020-21 Has Been Extended AGAIN! 
New Deadline: March 13, 2020

Don't miss your opportunity to cultivate the skills and network needed to execute a creative space project. Take advantage of this program and be mentored by an experienced professional with one-to-one learning.

Learn more HERE.

Free Webinar - Grow With Google
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Join Destination BC and the BC Museums Association for a free webinar in partnership with the Grow with Google program. Learn about the resources available through Google that can help your organization thrive.

FREE WEBINAR – Grow with Google
12:00pm – 1:00pm PST

See webinar description HERE.
Register HERE.

OAAG Think Tank
Reconciling Institutional Practice

OMA Members' Reduced Rate

OMA members will receive a reduced rate for the Ontario Association of Art Galleries' three-day Think Tank, Reconciling Institutional Practice. This Think Tank will bring together Indigenous and some non-Indigenous arts professionals and artists from across Canada to participate in a dialogue that addresses issues of colonialism and reconciliation in art galleries and museums today.  

March 05 - 07, 2020
Joseph Green Theatre
Centre for Film and Theatre, York University
Toronto ON

Learn more and register HERE.
aabaakwad 2020 Nirin - A Four Day Program Focused on Indigenous Arts and Cultures
March 14 - 17, 2020, Sydney, Australia

OMA members are invited to attend aabaakwad (it clears after a storm) 2020 taking place from March 14-17, 2020 as part of NIRIN, Sydney Biennale 2020.
aabaakwad 2020 NIRIN is a collaboration between aabaakwad founder Wanda Nanibush, an Anishinaabe curator of Indigenous Art at the AGO and Wiradjuri artist/scholar Brook Andrew, Artistic Director for the 22nd Biennale of Sydney. Among the featured artists, curators, and thinkers travelling from more than 24 First Nations and 13 countries.

Click HERE to see the Invitation from Wanda Nanibush.

Read more about the event HERE.

Heritage Week News
Zainub Verjee Receives Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts
Executive Director of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries receives Outstanding Contribution Award

The OMA congratulates our esteemed colleague Zainub Verjee who has won the Outstanding Contribution Award. She has seamlessly played multiple roles and has shaped culture policy at all levels of government and was instrumental in building cultural institutions and organizations in Canada and internationally. Fuelled by passion, vision and a staunch conviction that art is a public good, Zainub is regularly invited to speak nationally and internationally and has been published in numerous academic, cultural and critical fora.

Read more about Zainub Verjee and all of the winners HERE.

Lambton Heritage Museum nominated for Innovator of the Year Award
Welland Museum exhibit tells the story of former residential school students
Canadian War Museum photo exhibit chronicles service on the home front
Singer says the Sault Ste. Marie Musuem is a "super sweet" venue
Upcoming Deadlines

ATALM2020 Session or Workshop Proposals Deadline
February 24, 2020
The International Conferences of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums fulfill the educational and networking needs of indigenous peoples from throughout the world. Known for delivering practical and culturally relevant training, the conferences provide a unique opportunity to share knowledge and build networks.
Learn more and submit a proposal HERE.
Funding Opportunity:
Canada Summer Jobs
Application Deadline: February 24, 2020

Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, which aims to provide flexible and holistic services to support all young Canadians develop the skills and gain paid work experience to successfully transition in the labour market.

The Canada Summer Jobs program objectives align with the redesigned Youth Employment and Skills Strategy and are as follows:

  • provide quality work experiences for youth
  • respond to national and local priorities to improve access to the labour market for youth who face unique barriers
  • provide opportunities for youth to develop and improve their skills

The program provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public-sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years. As in 2019, funded employers are no longer restricted to hiring students: all youth aged 15 to 30 years may be eligible participants.

Read more and apply HERE.

Seed Grants Deadline
February 26, 2020


Seed grants are all about trying something new or untested, where the outcomes are unknown. 

All projects need to be focused on seeding new ideas or approaches that will drive at achieving greater impact in their community. The Seed Investment Stream focuses on four types of projects, which enable positive change in our communities.

  • Convene around an emerging issue
  • Conduct a feasibility study
  • Research a new concept
  • Develop or pilot a new idea

Read more HERE.


Funding Opportunity:
2020 Summer Experience Program (SEP)

Application Deadline: February 27, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST

The Summer Experience Program provides funding to eligible not-for-profit organizations, municipalities, Indigenous organizations and First Nation communities in order to create meaningful summer employment opportunities for students.

The summer employment positions must focus on activities supporting key sectors within the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries and the Citizenship and Immigration Division of the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.

SEP employment opportunities must offer training, work experience and skills transferable to the general workforce and to future careers. The positions must focus on activities that support the key sectors of citizenship and immigration, tourism, heritage, culture, sport and recreation.

Find out more HERE

YCW Building Careers in Heritage Internships
March 1, 2020
Young Canada Works (YCW) at Building Careers in Heritage is an internship program for unemployed or underemployed college or university graduates. It helps graduates make the transition from college or university to the workplace, allowing them to hone their professional skills and begin a career in the heritage, arts and cultural sectors.

YCWBCH funds heritage internships that can last up to one year in length, for recent college/university graduates between the ages of 15 and 30.

Read more HERE.