ONmuseums: Update on Phase 2, Stage 3

Jul 16, 2020
Need to Know
Premier Announces: Ontario Regions Enter
Phase 2: Restart, Stage 3

Friday, July 17

The Ontario government announced nearly all businesses and public spaces will reopen in Stage 3 of the province's reopening framework with public health and workplace safety measures and restrictions in place.

Click HERE for more information and further resources.

From the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries

"For businesses and sectors that are either not able to reopen in Stage 3, or who may experience challenges opening with the restrictions, the government is committed to working closely with you to help plan and prepare to safely resume operations, subject to trends in public health criteria.

Your input will help develop reopening plans that demonstrate how your type of business or sector can operate safely under Stage 3. The plan will be considered by government, public health officials and the Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee as part of Ontario’s gradual approach to Stage 3 reopening.

Please let us know if you have any questions on any reopening proposals that you are working on so that we may help provide any information to support your plan. As well, we welcome information about how you are adapting to changes that could be shared to help others. 

As Ontario gradually reopens, it is more important than ever to follow public health advice. We appreciate your continued cooperation as we move forward during these unprecedented times, and thank you for your leadership."
Help the OMA Advocate for YOU...

For museums that are either not able to reopen in Stage 3, or may experience challenges opening with the restrictions, please submit your plans or proposals through the OMA at community@museumsontario.ca to bring forward to the Ministry.

If there is anything else we can advocate for on your behalf please let us know. We are working at all levels of government to save our sector…to save jobs…increase funding…and working hard on ways to bring people together safely to visit museums and connect with our communities.

​We appreciate your continued cooperation as we move forward during these unprecedented times.
Loosening Restrictions

As part of the Stage 3 reopening, Ontario will be increasing gathering limits for those regions entering the next stage to the following:
  • Indoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 50 people;
  • Outdoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 100 people;
  • Gathering limits are subject to physical distancing requirements.
  • Public gathering limits apply to indoor and outdoor events, such as community events or gatherings, concerts, live shows, festivals, conferences, sports and recreational fitness activities, fundraisers, fairs, festivals or open houses. A two-metre distance must still be maintained at such events.

Interactive Exhibits at Museums, Attractions and Heritage Institutions

  • Attractions and heritage institutions, including museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites and similar attractions were permitted to reopen in Stage 2.
  • In addition to the exhibits opened in Stage 2, high-contact surfaces such as interactive exhibits and displays may open. They must be cleaned and disinfected frequently.
  • All special events, instructional classes and performances at these locations are subject to gathering limits and physical distancing measures.

More Information

To read "A Framework for Reopening our Province" click HERE.
To read the news release, including a list of regions moving into Stage 3, click HERE.
Read more about reopening and check what phase your region is in here HERE.

Scenario Planning Webinar
Recording Available Now!

Presented in partnership with the Ontario Association of Art Galleries

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.

Watch the recording HERE!
Resources referenced in the webinar and links to other OMA webinars, available HERE.

Canadian Arts Coalition Survey Points to Slow Recovery

Survey respondents representing over 5,900 arts and culture organizations, and an additional 58,650 individual artists, provided insights into the issues facing book publishers, filmmakers, musicians, dancers, actors, composers, playwrights, craftspeople, visual artists and grassroots community organizations.

Founded in 2005, the Canadian Arts Coalition is a pan-Canadian, bi-partisan, voluntary association. Respondents to its most recent survey were based in every province and 170 municipalities. The survey was conducted in late June 2020.

Read the full article HERE.

OMA Professional Development
Certificate in Museum Studies (CMS) Course Registration Opens on August 11

Exhibit Planning & Design

Participants will learn to create vibrant, attractive exhibits that welcome and engage visitors of all ages and abilities. Through hands-on activities, participants will gain an understanding of the exhibit development process from idea assessment and concept development to production and installation on a budget. Core topics: the visitor experience, exhibit policy and standards, planning for families, writing text, showcase styles, physical accessibility, anatomy of a graphics panel, and creative costing, with a focus on creating an effective interpretive plan to guide the process.

To read more and register on August 11, CLICK HERE.
Education Programs
The Education and Public Programs course provides a learner-centered approach to the planning and design of engaging and relevant learning experiences for diverse audiences. Students will engage in hands-on and collaborative learning activities, connecting theory to practice while designing programming that responds to emerging trends and shifts in the museum field. 

To read more and register on August 11, CLICK HERE.
Other PD Opportunities
Stolen Childhoods: How To Help Youth Move from Painful Paths to Promising Futures
Free Webinar
July 16, 9 am ET

From wars and racial violence to the ongoing pandemic, children are affected by crises in very acute and unique ways. As the rights and needs of children are regularly overlooked or sidelined during challenging periods, youth often internalize trauma and their memories of painful childhood experiences can stay with them for a lifetime.

This webinar will examine how Sites of Conscience can most effectively prioritize the stories of children in ways that provide for healing and action. In particular, it will draw on the expertise and experiences of its members from across the world to explore how Sites of Conscience and other cultural organizations can assist children to transform trauma into positive action.

To read more and register, click HERE!
Adapt 2020 Webinar Series:
Transition Financing During COVID-19  
Free Webinar
July 16, 11 am ET

Designed to support businesses and communities within Northern Ontario's tourism industry through COVID-19 by providing resources and connections for today and the future. Concerned about how changing market conditions have impacted your financing? Destination Northern Ontario's objective is to ensure that members and community have access to resources that help them navigate the impacts of COVID-19 in Northern Ontario.  

Northern Ontario stakeholders register HERE.
All other regions register HERE.
The Path to Reopening: Reshaping the Guest Experience
Free Webinar
July 16, 10 am - 11:30 am ET

Join leaders from different facets of the tourism industry for a presentation and discussion on how businesses can plan, open, and engage with guests safely.

•    Janet Sellery, Sellery Health + Safety 

Panel Discussion 
•    Vito Curalli, Hilton Hotels 
•    Lisa Clements, AGO
•    David Hopkins, The Fifteen Group 
•    Mike Bartlett, MLSE
•    Ron Pellerine, Metro Toronto Convention Centre  

Read more and register HERE.
Reopening Plans in Action - Part 3
Free Webinar
July 16, 11:30 am ET

Join Cuseum as they check in with leaders from museums at home and across the pond, who are already in their earliest stages of returning to work and reopening to the public. In Session 3 of this series, you’ll find out how things are going and discuss the new or unique ways museums are generating revenue from rental events to licensing and programs.

Read more and register HERE.
Navigating Nomenclature: Using the New Online Resource for Museum Cataloging
Free Webinar
July 16, 3 pm - 4 pm ET

What is Nomenclature for Museum Cataloging, and how can I use it? Join two members of the AASLH Nomenclature Task Force as they give an overview of the Nomenclature system (for example, purpose, structure and cataloging conventions) and a demonstration of the key features of the online resource (including search, browse, download, and integration with museum software). A lot has changed since the 1978 publication of Nomenclature - it's now a freely available, bilingual and illustrated resource, available as Linked Open Data and maintained through a collaborative effort of AASLH, Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN), and Parks Canada. Learn about plans for Nomenclature's future and how you can help Nomenclature develop to meet the needs of museums!

Read more and register HERE.
Stephan Jost and Maria Balshaw in Conversation
Free Talk
July 16, 4 pm - 5 pm ET

Stephan Jost, AGO Michael and Sonja Koerner Director, and CEO, welcomes Maria Balshaw, Director of Tate, for a conversation on the role of museums.

Read more and register HERE!

Website Accessibility
Free Webinar
July 20, 12 pm - 1 pm ET

Your website is your online front door -- let’s welcome all visitors by making it accessible! Join NEMA to learn how to improve access to your website for all visitors, including visitors with disabilities. Emily Robertson will lead the discussion with colleagues and consultants for Gore Place, and they will share how they relaunched goreplace.org with today’s website accessibility standards. The team from Gore Place will discuss planning, designing, and maintaining this important digital communication tool. They’ll also discuss how to convince your stakeholders to invest in website accessibility. This session is designed for everyone, no matter their level of technical knowledge. This webinar celebrates this summer’s 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Read more and register HERE.
International Perspectives on Museum Interpretation 
Free Webinar
July 21, 9 am - 10:15 am ET

Moving beyond traditional gallery texts, this webinar addresses new interpretive methods with close attention to the roles that language and technology play. Speakers from institutions in Asia, Europe and the US will outline the multi-sensory strategies their own exhibition teams have used to enhance installations, activate works of art, and facilitate deeper connections for visitors. The panel will also explore the broader challenges and opportunities inherent in interpreting for diverse, international audiences.

Meet the Speakers:
  • Jeanne Goswami, Independent Interpretation Consultant
  • Jovanna Scorsone, Education and Public Engagement Manager, Aga Khan Museum
  • Cherry Thian, Senior Manager, Audience Department, Asian Civilisations Museum
  • Katy Wan, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern; Moderator
Read more and register HERE.
AIA and Arc: A Conversation about Sustainable Museum Design and Operations
Free Webinar
July 21, 12 pm - 1 pm ET

Buildings – their construction and their operations – account for over 40% of the world’s energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. Eliminating these emissions is the key to addressing climate change and meeting Paris Climate Agreement targets.

Read more and register HERE.
Digital Shift Session 3: Attractions
Free Workshop
July 21, 3 pm - 4 pm ET

Leveraging the incredible depth of expertise found within the Ontario Tourism Innovation Lab network, each workshop will feature a conversation with Ontario “Shift Experts” who have made digital pivots to their own business, and can share the tangible learnings and potential pitfalls of finding new ways to deliver value online.

Read more and register HERE.
Freedom Delayed is Justice Denied
Free Webinar
July 23, 7PM - 8:30PM ET

During this panel presentation, viewers will have the opportunity to learn from and interact with prominent historians, leaders, and community members about the importance of federal recognition of Emancipation Day. 2020 will be a unique year for Emancipation celebrations, as the 186th anniversary events will be taking place online, offering an opportunity for a wider audience to engage in this conversation about freedom and the on-going movement for racial justice.

Read more and register HERE.
How Nonprofits Can Work With Online Volunteers
Free Webinar
July 29, 12 pm - 1 pm ET

In response to COVID-19, Together Project's staff and volunteers had to quickly adapt and pivot their programs in order to continue providing social support to newcomers in Canada. While their new model is only a few months in the making, Together Project has learned a great deal about how to set up an online volunteering program. 

Read more and register HERE.
Privacy 101: Managing Personal Information in Collections
July 29, 12 pm - 1 pm ET

Cultural heritage professionals have a mandate to protect records and information, while promoting their accessibility and use. Although these two mandates seem contradictory, there are ways forward that balance privacy and access. This 1-hour webinar will present an approach to managing personal information in cultural heritage collections. It will present an overview of basic privacy principles, outline factors to consider when releasing information, and describe tools that can be used to ensure personal information is released in compliance with legal and ethical considerations.

Read more and register HERE.
Revving Up Canada's Car Museum
Webinar Recording Available Now!

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.

Watch the recording HERE!
Stephan Jost and Josh Basseches In Conversation
Talk Recording Available Now!

Join Stephan Jost, AGO Michael and Sonja Koerner Director, and CEO, and Josh Basseches, director and CEO of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), for a conversation on the role of museums.

Watch the recording HERE!
Even More PD Opportunities!

July 16, 10 AM ET: Online Workshop: Rehousing and Preserving Photograph Collections
Maine Archives and Museums
Read more and register HERE.

July 16, 2 PM ET: How to Save Time and Money with Blackbaud Altru Plus Digital Memberships
Blackbaud Altru
Read more and register HERE.

July 16, 3 PM ET: Using a Standardized Tool to Understand the Visitor Experience
California Association of Museums
Read more and register HERE.

July 22, 1 PM ET: Networking and Discussion Event: Contemporary Curating
Alberta Museums Association
Read more and register HERE.

July 23, 12 PM - 12:30 PM ET: Museums as Second Responders
California Association of Museums
Read more and register HERE.