ONmuseums: Tell Us About TODS

Dec 05, 2019
At the OMA
Action on the TODS (Tourism-Oriented Directional Signing) Program 2020 Increase
We want to hear from you!
Provide your feedback on TODS HERE
In December 2018, swift collective action in the tourism sector led to the government announcing a one-year price freeze in the TODS program. Relevant ministries stated in the press release that they would “look for ways we can help mitigate this price increase”. Read the press release HERE

Members have again expressed concerns about increases to TODS program fees for 2020. The OMA has conveyed these concerns in a letter to the Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, the Honourable Lisa MacLeod, highlighting the importance of signage to support tourism in Ontario, including rural and Northern communities. 

The OMA is collecting feedback on the TODS program and whether museums are able to participate at the increased prices. 

Please answer a two-minute survey about your participation in the TODS program HERE

Comments may also be sent to community@museumsontario.ca.

The TODS signs in Ontario have been contracted to Canadian TODS Limited, a subsidiary of an American company, Interstate Logos LLC., since 1997.
Read more on the Canadian TODS Limited website HERE
Provide your feedback on TODS HERE
Plenary Speakers Cheryl Blackman, Asheda Dwyer, Kelley Swift-Jones, and Shelley Falconer

Conference Session Highlight:
OMA at the AAAMC Panel

 Conference recordings are available now!

In this session, Ontario delegates who had the opportunity to attend the Association of African American Museums annual conference in Mississippi last August share their experiences. 

The presenters discuss how their learning will inform their future work through three case studies: the challenges of exhibiting the African collection held by the Art Gallery of Hamilton; the interpretation of the Oro African Church site; and the need for a Black history and cultural space located in Toronto.

Speakers include:
- Cheryl Blackman, Director, Museums & Heritage Services, City of Toronto
- Asheda Dwyer, PhD Candidate, York University
- Kelley Swift-Jones, Curator, Simcoe County Museum
- Shelley Falconer, President & CEO, Art Gallery of Hamilton

Access the webcast HERE.
1. Sign in, or create a free account. Please note, this login is different from your OMA membership login. 
2. Click 'Archives' in the top left corner. 
3. Select the Conference 2019 and "OMA at the Association of African American Museums Conference"! 

Check out photos from the conference HERE
Send Us Your Photos!

Did you take some great shots at the OMA Conference? We'd love to see and share your photos.

Please send them to conference@museumsontario.ca to share them! 
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Sector News
Funding Opportunity:
Canada's Social Finance Fund

Webinar Recording by Innoweave, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the Metcalf Foundation

Social finance enables organizations to access new money to enhance their impact. Social finance is repayable investment that supports positive social, environmental, and/or cultural impact.

This program has two main parts:
- $2 billion in repayable Social Finance funding (including $755 million from the federal government)
- $50 million in grants through the Investment Readiness Program

Get prepared to access these funds and take a look at some next steps.

You can:

Metadata Summit - Spring 2020
National Heritage Digitization Strategy

This event will be an opportunity to bring together members of the GLAM* community in order to pool expertise and allow knowledge sharing. The purpose of this meeting will also be to identify the needs of Canadian cultural institutions and organizations regarding metadata related to heritage collections.

Fill out a survey HERE to help make the meeting as enriching as possible.
Read more about the strategy HERE.

Updated Note: Keying out of Painting
Canadian Conservation Institute

This Note describes the potential effects that keying out can have on a painting that is tacked or stapled to a stretcher, as a part of the "Painting and Polychrome Sculptures" series. 

Read more HERE

Rebuilding the Museu Nacional -
Turning the Page

December 11th, 2019, 10:00 -11:00 a.m.

Join ICOM ICEE and Dr. Alexander Kellner, director of the Museu Nacional in Brazil as he discusses the recovery efforts after the devastating fire of September 2018.

Dr. Kellner will give a brief history of the importance and relevance of the Museu Nacional to Brazilian society, from being the residence of emperors to the seat of the national assembly to being a gathering place for today’s communities.

The presentation will then follow the timeline of the fire and its consequences starting on September 2nd, 2018. Dr. Kellner will present an update on planning and development for the rebuilding of the Museu, including how the tragedy has brought together a dedicated staff and international community with a common goal to develop a new Museum of National History in South America.

Register HERE.

Cyber Security for Charities and NPO's: Mitigating Risks and Protecting Data
Canadian Charity Law Association
December 12th, 2019 at 12:00pm

This presentation will discuss some common methods that attackers utilize to gather information before launching an attack, why it is important for organizations to consider the security of their digital data, why organizations need to have a pre and post breach cyber plan, and the reputational risks of a cyber-breach.

Learn more and register HERE.

2020 Celebrate Ontario Program Launch
Deadline December 13, 2019

Celebrate Ontario supports programming improvements at new and existing festivals and events that attract tourists for longer stays, create great experiences for visitors and support communities across Ontario.

Information Sessions:
December 11, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm (French)
December 11, 2:00 - 3:30 pm (English)
December 12, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm (English)
December 17, 2:00 - 3:30 pm (English)
December 18, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm (English)
December 18, 2:00 - 3:30 pm (French)

Deadline: January 21, 2020
Read more HERE

Conservator Internship Program
Canadian Conservation Institute

A job posting for three one-year paid internships (GT-01) is now posted online. Intern conservator positions are available in the fine arts, furniture and archaeological materials laboratories.

Deadline: December 13th, 2019

Read more HERE.

Year End Gifts & Charitable Giving
Giftabulator Tool from FUNDING Matters

For member information, Giftabulator was developed to increase major and planned giving by illustrating tax-efficient giving scenarios for donors and their advisors. Tax-efficient options can benefit both donors and charities (museums).

Read more HERE.

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