ONmuseums: Webinars and Online Learning

Mar 19, 2020
OMA Professional Development
OMA Awards of Excellence Nominations Now Open
Deadline: Friday, May 22, 2020

Museums of all sizes, individuals at all stages of career, volunteers of all kinds, we want to hear from you!

Now is the time to toot your own horn! Sing your own praises! Celebrate the amazing work that you and your colleagues are doing.

Read more and submit nominations HERE.

Postponed: Indigenous Collections Symposium 2020: Mashkawatgong-mamawewiziwin – strengthening our bonds, sharing our practices

In light of the evolving situation regarding the global pandemic of COVID-19, we have made the decision to postpone the Indigenous Collections Symposium 2020: Mashkawatgong-mamawewiziwin – strengthening our bonds, sharing our practices, originally scheduled on March 25 & 26, 2020.  We are acting in line with directives and recommendations of public health and government authorities, and informed by discussions with our funders, partners, and stakeholders. The health and safety of our members, communities, and staff are of the utmost importance, and we wish to exercise caution and prevent the spread of the virus.
We believe that this important and vital work should take place at a time when all speakers and attendees are able to participate.  We will keep you informed as we make plans to reschedule this event.

Upcoming OMA Dates
The OMA continues to plan all programming according to Public Health directives regarding COVID-19.

POSTPONED - Indigenous Collections Symposium 2020: Mashkawatgong-mamawewiziwin – strengthening our bonds, sharing our practices, March 24-25, 2020, Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau, QC.

POSTPONED – Certificate in Museum Studies: Collections Management, April 20-22, 2020, Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto.

All future in-person and online events will be confirmed in advance. Please check the OMA website for updates.

Registrations for all postponed events will carry forward. Refunds will be provided on request.
COVID-19 News, Updates, Resources
Information for Canadian Heritage grants and contributions recipients related to COVID-19

In light of current events, particularly the recent cancellations of cultural and sporting events, the Department of Canadian Heritage would like to reaffirm the government’s support for all the people affected, directly or indirectly, by the coronavirus.

Read more HERE.

COVID-19 Resources

As the landscape shifts daily during the COVID-19 pandemic, the OMA is committed to providing information to support Ontario’s museums and museum workers to weather this crisis and recover well once the threat has passed.

We have created a webpage dedicated to COVID-19 Resources that will be updated as new information and resources become available.


    Resource categories include:

    • Impact on OMA programs and services
    • Government Resources regarding COVID-19
    • Personal Preparedness
    • COVID Resources from Other Associations
    • Collections & Facilities Care
    • Human Resources & Business Continuity Planning
    • Remote Work & Self-Care
    • Emergency Preparedness & Risk Management
    • Communications on Museum Closures and Program Changes
    • Digital Outreach During Closures
    • Links to ONMuseums updates
    Other PD Opportunities
    Webinar: Championing Decent Work Through Pensions
    March 25, 2020
    12:00 - 1:00 pm EST

    Is it time for your nonprofit to join over 1,000 nonprofit sector workers who are now enrolled in OPTrust Select?

    Here are some of the key learnings you can expect from this webinar:

    • What is a defined benefit plan and why it is the best retirement income security you can provide for your employees
    • How OPTrust Select minimizes risk for nonprofits, while maximizing return for sector workers (myth-busting!)
    • How to get started and how it works (buy-backs, how it compares to RRSP, part-time workers and more)
    • Live Q&A with an OPTrust Select representative to get your questions answered

    Read more and register HERE.

    Webinar: Improving Venue Accessibility - The Al Green Theatre
    March 25, 2020
    12:00 - 1:00 pm EST

    This webinar is intended for arts managers interested in learning more about capital project development with a focus on accessibility as well as maintenance and facility upgrades to creative spaces. There will be time for questions and discussion with presenters following their presentations.

    Read more and register HERE.
    Webinar: Creative Spaces Series Recap: Brainstorming Workshop, Best Practices Report
    March 27, 2020
    12:00 - 1:30 pm EST

    Interested in what you can learn from creative space projects to apply to your own? Join Amy Poole, Program Manager at ArtsBuild Ontario for a summary of the Brainstorming Workshop and an overview of the Creative Space Case Study Series Best Practices Report.

    Read more and register HERE.

    Webinar: From Reluctant Fundraiser to Fundraising Superhero 
    March 26, 2020
    1:00 - 2:00 pm EST

    In this webinar, small-charity expert Cindy Wagman (co-host of The Small Nonprofit Podcast) will help you discover your fundraising alter-ego that will reveal how you can fundraise in a way that feels good (and is more effective).

    Read more and register HERE.

    Webinar: WTF?! Where to Focus: Your Business Continuity Planning
    March 26, 2020
    12:00 - 1:00 pm EST

    Learn about business continuity planning including tools and templates to create a plan for your organization’s enduring success. From operational tactics that will allow you to maintain a safe workplace to leveraging technology to work in virtual environments whether temporarily or over the longer-term, explore the many ways you can support your team and sustain your organization through difficult circumstances.

    Read more and register HERE.

    New Podcast Episode – CCI and CHIN: In Our Words

    Your hosts, Nathalie Nadeau Mijal and Kelly Johnson, interview Brian Arthur, who was the second director of the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI). He held this post between 1976 and 1980. Originally from the United Kingdom, Brian Arthur became a world-renowned expert in the conservation of pottery (or as he calls it, "sticking pots together"). He moved to Canada in the early 1970s to work at the Historic Sites Division of Parks Canada. In this episode, you will discover how he guided CCI through challenging early days to become a worldwide leader in conservation.

    Listen HERE.
    Webinar: Arts and Culture Sector and the Coronavirus: What We Know and How To Move Forward 
    March 19, 2020
    3:00 - 4:00 pm 

    As the Coronavirus (COVD-19) continues to develop, it's important that Local Arts Agencies and arts and culture organizations consider their preparedness, prevention, and response. This webinar will discuss current information about actions to take, including: planning to consider, handling grant-funded projects, managing stress during moments of crisis, and continuing to support artists. 

    Read more and register HERE.

    Webinar: How to Spot Opportunity When it is Disguised as Chaos
    March 25, 2020
    3:00 - 4:00 pm EST

    This webinar will welcome active participation as we all share how we have leveraged the unexpected. Participants will hear examples and ideas of how Tuckerton Seaport has turned chaos into opportunity by taking part in an interactive developed by Brooke called Cards of Chaos. Those attending the webinar will find inspiration in how to create their own opportunities out of unforeseen events all while working on limited budgets and with few staff. 

    Read more and register HERE.
    Webinar: Looking at Glazing: Finding the Best Solution to Protect Your Works of Art and Historic Artifacts
    March 25, 2020
    2:00 - 3:00 pm EST

    Glazing, flat glass or acrylic fit in a frame or display case to protect works of art and historic artifacts, is available in a wide variety of options from very basic to containing multiple protective qualities. This webinar will review these various alternatives and their properties in order to make informed decisions when choosing the most appropriate glazing for each particular application. Topics to be discussed include:

    • A brief review of the history of glazing in museums
    • A review of different types of applications
    • The differences between glass and acrylic
    • The differences between non-glare and anti-reflective glazing and how they are made and work
    • How lighting plays a significant role in the performance of anti-reflective properties
    • A brief review of cleaning, including solutions and various cloths

    Read more and register HERE.

    Upcoming Deadlines
    Toronto Arts Council: Animating Historic Sites
    Application Deadline: April 15 

    This program provides funding to arts organizations, collectives or professional artists to re-imagine and animate selected Toronto historic sites.

    Read more HERE.