Opportunity for FREE Emergency Planning Workshop

May 13, 2021
Need to Know
20 representatives from Ontario's Regional Museum Networks gathered virtually on April 15. 
Regional Museum Networks Meeting
Representatives from 20 of Ontario's Regional Museum Networks (RMNs) gathered virtually on April 15th with OMA staff and President Paul Robertson to share about their activities and voice the needs of the museums in their region. 

See the full list of RMNs HERE. 

Network representatives discussed the challenges of planning in the current circumstances, with individual museum re-opening dates varied and uncertain. Representatives also shared information about successful and unsuccessful applications to the Resilient Communities Fund of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, speaking of the competition for funding support for museums during pandemic recovery. Also of concern is the ineligibility of municipal museums for the Community Building Fund. 

RMNs also shared their successes in digital initiatives, especially, and their plans for safe, in-person experiences when circumstances permit. The OMA had the opportunity to update RMN representatives, and touched upon continuing advocacy priorities, funding opportunities with RTOs, the Indigenous Collections Symposium, and May is Museum Month promotional opportunities. 

Regional Museum Networks are one of the ways the OMA works to connect museums and build the full network of institutions across the province.  These connections are especially important as we look to recovery from the pandemic and supporting museums for every Ontario community. OMA representatives have been able to join virtual meetings of RMNs across the province to hear from many museums and provide information on sector advocacy. 

RMNs and the OMA have worked together to schedule local virtual meetings with MPPs: MPP David Piccini (Northumberland—Peterborough South) and the Peterborough-Kawartha Lakes-Northumberland Museum Network, as well as MPP Billy Pang (PA Tourism, Markham—Unionville) and the York-Durham Association of Museums and Archives. The OMA is organizing other MPP meetings and considering the timing of a Queen's Park Day in advance of Ontario's 2022 Budget and the 2022 Provincial Election. 

Museums interested in connecting to a Regional Museum Network can contact the OMA at community@museumsontario.ca

Read more about Ontario's Regional Museum Networks HERE.
OMA Initiatives
Free Online CCI Workshop for OMA Members - Apply today!
Deadline to apply: May 25, 2021

The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) presents a virtual workshop pilot project on the topic of developing an Emergency Response Plan for your institution.

CCI is partnering with the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) to pilot this workshop with up to ten (10) OMA member museums. There is no cost to participate.

About the Workshop

As an active participant, you will learn about the objectives of emergency response, and the key components that make up a plan that is suitable for heritage institutions.

The virtual workshop comprises five highly interactive modules each composed of two virtual, 60-minute workshop sessions. Participation in the virtual workshop will involve:

  • attendance at a 20 minute technical trial session in early June
  • attendance at both sessions of all five workshop modules,
  • review of workshop resource materials prior to the first session of each module (15-30 minutes)
  • completion of exercises between the two virtual sessions for each module (1-2 hours)

Find out more and apply to participate HERE.

Deadline for applications: May 25, 2021

Questions? Email Mary Collier at pd@museumsontario.ca

Upcoming OMA Dates
Provincial News
TIAO welcomes new President and CEO
The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) announced on May 12 that Christopher Bloore has been appointed the organization's new President and CEO starting May 17, 2021. 

Mr. Bloore's previous role was as TIAO's Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs. 

The OMA congratulates Mr. Bloore and looks forward to working with him and the rest of the TIAO team to support museums as a vital part of Ontario's tourism landscape. 

Read the News Release HERE.
A birch bark basket made by Hannah McCue and presented as a gift to His Royal Highness Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, when he toured North America in 1860. Hiawatha First Nation and the Peterborough Museum & Archives have received federal funding to facilitate the loan of a group of quilled birch bark items from the Royal Collection Trust in England for a planned exhibition at the museum in 2023.
MAP grant for exhibit of Indigenous ancestral gifts

In 1860, His Royal Highness Albert Edward, Prince of Wales — the eldest son of Queen Victoria was heir apparent for almost 60 years, finally becoming King in 1901 — toured North America. During a stop at Rice Like, Michi Saagiig women presented him with hand-made birch bark gifts.

Now, thanks to a $153,817 grant to Hiawatha First Nation and the Peterborough Museum & Archives from the Department of Canadian Heritage Museum Assistance Program’s Indigenous Heritage stream, these items will be returning to their ancestral home for a planned exhibition in Peterborough-Nogojiwanong in 2023.

Read more HERE
More than $3 Million for
Official Languages in Eastern Ontario

Muséoparc Vanier Museopark one of 36 organizations funded

The Government of Canada has invested $3.2 million in 36 organizations in Eastern Ontario. All organizations received at minimum a 20-percent increase since 2018.

Under the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018–2023, the Coopérative multiservices francophone de l'Ouest d'Ottawa and Muséoparc Vanier Museopark received program funding for the first time, providing financial stability for these organizations and helping them plan multi-year activities.

Read more HERE.
Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum receives $56,000 from Jays Care Foundation
The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Marys was one of 14 recipients chosen to receive grants this year with just over $56-thousand going to the facility to help with improvements to the fields where teams play during the summer.

Read more HERE
Webinar: Defining Space: Collective Use and Access for Future Spaces

Free Webinar
May 13, 2021
4:30-6pm ET

ArtsBuild Ontario is partnering withSTEPS Public Art to present a panel around the topic of Defining Space: Collective Uses and Access for Future Spaces on Thursday, May 13. This will be a discussion on artistic and creative space and its interpretation in the digital realm, not only through its influence of new media but also its acknowledgment of the diverse communities who occupy and transform it.

Touching on ideas of public engagement, accessibility, and virtual technologies, Ontario-based creatives Zongwe Binesikwe Crystal Hardy, Alica Hall and Bruce Naokwegijig will discuss the potential for future spaces and who they will serve.

Register for free HERE.
The Gathering Divergence Multi – Arts Festival and Conference
What Have We Learnt: Approaches, Lessons and Future Strategies towards Anti Black Racism, Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity and Digital Support in the Arts

Online Conference
May 19-21, 2021

The Gathering Divergence Multi – Arts Festival and Conference is envisioned as a space to gather, diverge with diversity and intersect on the many aspects of the performing arts and the  Arts sector.

The festival and conference invites participants from across the world and the Canadian arts sector investigating intersections of artistic / organizational practices grounded in EDIP (Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity towards Pluralism) Divergence is a critical manifestation in critical thinking. The conference will run from May 19th-21st via Zoom.

Read more and register HERE.
Funding Opportunities
Deadlines for 2021
Out-of-Province News
Free Webinar: Live from the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia: Virtual School Programs 
Canadian Art Gallery Educators
Free Webinar
May 20, 2021
1pm Eastern Time

Join Kris Webster, Manager of School Programs at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, to learn more about how the AGNS is offering virtual art programs to schools this year and the many successes and challenges of working with teachers and students when meeting in person is not an option. Kris will discuss the format of virtual sessions, what AV equipment is the most useful, sourcing, ordering and sharing art supplies, and more!

Read more and register HERE.

Free Webinar: The Elephant in the Room: the Leadership Crisis in Canada's Cultural Sector
British Columbia Museums Association

Free Webinar
May 21, 2021
1pm to 2:30pm Eastern Time

In the past year, there have been high-profile resignations and departures at some of Canada’s largest art galleries, museums, and cultural institutions. And in addition to the stories of toxic working environments and systemic racism that have been publicized, it is an open secret that many other stories have not yet come to light. 

It is undeniable that toxic leadership is common in Canada’s cultural sector, but what we can do about it? Join our cross-country panel as we discuss the leadership crisis in Canada’s cultural sector and explore how we can reject traditional leadership paradigms and create a more inclusive and just future. 


  • Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra (facilitator)
  • Brian McBay
  • Devyani Saltzman
  • Jen Budney
  • Armando Perla

Closed Captions and live ASL translation are available. 

Read more and register HERE.

Free Webinar: #MuseumsAreNotNeutral
Western Museums Association Keynote
in partnership with the British Columbia Museums Association

Free Webinar
June 2, 2021
2pm Eastern Time

Join the Western Museums Association in partnership with the British Columbia Museums Association on June 2nd, from 2pm - 3pm Eastern Time, for a special, free keynote webinar with #MuseumsAreNotNeutral co-producers La Tanya S. Autry and Mike Murawski. Learn about the work of this global advocacy initiative that is exposing the myth of museum neutrality and explore strategies for making museums relevant, socially engaged community spaces that act as agents of positive change. 

This event is free and open to anyone so please share widely within your networks.

Closed Captions and live ASL translation are available. 

Read more and register HERE.

Carole Beaulieu appointed Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Museum of History

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced on May 6th the appointment of Carole Beaulieu as the new Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Museum of History for a four-year term, effective May 5, 2021. This appointment is the result of a rigorous, open, transparent and merit-based selection process.

Ms. Beaulieu is an innovative leader with strong expertise in corporate governance, strategic management, marketing, design thinking and public affairs. From 2015 to 2021, she was Chair of the Board of Directors of Groupe Média TFO, an Ontario agency and media company for children and audiences seeking educational and cultural content on television and digital platforms. She has served as Vice-President of Advancement at the Ontario College of Art and Design University, as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Culture and Francophone Affairs in Ontario, and as Head of Marketing and Development at Canada's National Ballet School. She is a graduate of Laurentian University, HEC Montréal, and the Rotman School of Management's Director Education Program. She is a member of the International Women's Forum and of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) with an ICD, Director designation. Ms. Beaulieu resides in Toronto, Ontario.

Read more HERE

National Trust for Canada
Shared Stewardship Toolkit

National Trust for Canada has created a Shared Stewardship Toolkit to help navigate partnerships that best support long-term stewardship. This toolkit is built on conversations with the owners, operators, and community groups who work together to protect Canada’s historic sites. This resource address the challenges and opportunities involved in growing and sustaining a dynamic site between multiple partners.

Read more HERE

National Trust for Canada
Applications for Launch Pad Coaching Grants

Deadline May 17, 2021
National Trust for Canada is also spearheading the Launch Pad Grant. Whether kick-staring a fundraising campaign, engaging new audiences, or saving a place and transforming it to a new use, Launch Pad can help. The Launch Pad program has connected passionate community volunteers and staff with seasoned experts to unlock the potential of their historic places.

The deadline to apply is May 17, 2021. 

Read more HERE. 

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