(re) Introducing the Minister of Canadian Heritage

Oct 28, 2021
This issue of ONmuseums is brought to you by: Ingenium Canada
Need to Know
Minister of Canadian Heritage Announced:
The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez
From left to right: John Dalrymple (Executive Director, Canada's National Ballet School), Marie Lalonde (OMA Executive Director), Minister Pablo Rodriguez (Ministry of Canadian Heritage), and Emma Quin (Executive Director, Textile Museum of Canada) at Brickworks, Toronto, 2018. 
The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez was announced as the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Quebec Lieutenant on October 26, 2021. He was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Honoré-Mercier in 2004, and was re-elected in 2006, 2008, 2015, 2019, and 2021. He has previously served as Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism (2018-2019).

Minister Rodriguez is known for his work to support the fight against climate change, protect and promote culture, and promote official languages and minority rights. 

Read more about the Minister of Canadian Heritage HERE
Read more about the new federal Cabinet HERE
 Media Coverage
Are You a Voting Member?
Register for the Annual General Meeting!

The Ontario Museum Association's 2021 Annual General Meeting will take place on Friday, October 29! It will be held virtually on Zoom from 1:00pm to 2:00pm ET. Keep up-to-date on our operations and Council, take part in moving and voting on motions, and ask your questions using the Q&A feature. 

Voting Members can register for the OMA's AGM HERE

All Members can view the Annual Report, Agenda, Minutes, Nominations, and other relevant documents HERE

Annual Report 2020-2021
Now Available
The Ontario Museum Association's Annual Report 2020-2021 is now available! The OMA's priority is to support you, our members, especially during these challenging times. This report delves into the details of that work, giving an overview of our advocacy, professional development, programs, partnerships, and leadership from the past year. Our interactive Annual Report also contains direct links to recordings and webpages. 

View the Annual Report HERE
Session: "Reimagine our Museums"
Speakers: Sonja Macdonald, Paul Shaker, and Sonia Mrva, Civicplan

"Hamilton’s Civic Museums are treasured public institutions. Residents are proud of their museums and recognize that they have great potential to reach larger audiences, to tell more diverse stories, and to be more connected to their surrounding communities. The Reimagine our Museums project was a multi-faceted public engagement campaign designed to learn more about residents’ current experiences with these important institutions, as well as thoughts and suggestions to improve them moving forward. Through the use of innovative engagement techniques, the project balanced the experiences of existing patrons with a broader diversity of residents not currently connected with the City’s museums. In this session, Civicplan and Project Manager Sonia Mvra will discuss the Reimagine Our Museums project, process and lessons learned."  
Register Here
Annual Conference 2021
Recovery, Reopening, Reimagination
Have you missed connecting with colleagues, friends, and community? While we’re not yet ready to host a gathering in person, we are very pleased to invite you to join us virtually for the OMA Annual Conference 2021: Recovery, Reopening, Reimagination Thursday, November 25, 2021. This gathering is to help you connect, reconnect, and engage with the Ontario museum community and we have a jam-packed day of inspiring sessions about issues relevant to you. Hear from Hamilton Civic Museums, Museums for Me, and Micah Parzen from Museum of Us, San Diego, and more sector innovators!
In recognition of the extraordinary circumstances facing the heritage sector this year, and to facilitate access to Conference programming, discussions, and networking for museum professionals across the province, the OMA is offering a fully subsidized registration category for Conference 2021.

We welcome OMA members who are students, Emerging Museum Professionals, IBPOC museum and cultural workers, and unemployed or under-employed museum workers to register under this category to attend Conference.
We encourage all conference participants to consider a donation to help us build the collective strength of our sector. Each contribution, whatever the amount, helps support OMA programs such as professional development, timely webinars and resources on best practices, advocacy on issues of interest, and much more, creating a more resilient Ontario museum community. Throughout the pandemic, the Association continues to provide members with free and accessible online learning and related bursaries, and to work with students, emerging and mid-career museum professionals, senior leaders, boards and volunteers to strengthen our workforce. Your contributions are particularly appreciated at this time.
Stay up-to-date with the OMA's 2021 Annual Conference by viewing our webpage HERE, and following the hashtag #OMAConf2021 on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram. We hope to see you again this November 25, 2021!
Register Here
Members in the News
Museum Windsor plans walk through history tours
Art Gallery of Hamilton celebrates 25th anniversary of one of its most popular sculptures
McDougall Mill Museum updates displays
Billy Bishop Museum Holds 21st Annual Honouring Our Local Veterans Ceremony
Cornwall Community Museum:
John Baker memorial unveiled outside
North Huron Museum supported by community members
Orillia Museum of Art and History:
Music for the Museum to raise funds
ROM exhibit paints a picture of youth and the pandemic
External Resources
Workers’ rights: Vaccinations and COVID-19
Community Legal Education Ontario and Jane/Finch Centre 

Free Webinar
Thursday, November 4, 2021
10:30am - 12:00pm ET

Join a community forum for frontline workers in Northwest Toronto of community workers and legal experts who will share resources and up-to-date information on workers’ rights during COVID-19 that will help you support your clients and community.

Register HERE
Ask A Conservator Day!

November 4, 2021 is Ask A Conservator Day! Join conservators around the world and engage with your communities. Participate by using the hashtag #AskAConservator on social media platforms and letting the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation know by filling out this form

Read more and find sample social media posts HERE

Giving Tuesday Resources
Giving Tuesday is November 30!

If you’re part of an organization that wants to encourage all kinds of giving, you can benefit from GivingTuesday. Sign up as a partner and use this day to increase donations, get more volunteers, raise awareness for your cause and highlight just how you make a difference.

Find graphic assets, social media tools, ideas, and more HERE

Ontario’s Not-for-profit Corporations Act
Community Legal Education Ontario

Ontario’s Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) took effect on October 19, 2021. Existing nonprofits have 3 years to bring their governing documents into compliance with the new law. Until then, most of the rules in your governing documents continue to apply whether or not they comply with ONCA as long as they were valid under the previous law.

If your articles and bylaws are silent on an issue, you must now look to ONCA for the rule that applies. To learn more about ONCA visit CLEO's page entitled “Understand the law“.

Read more HERE

Workplace Safety Plan Builder

Under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, all businesses that are open must have a written safety plan that describes the actions they are taking to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in their workplace. The plan must be shared with anyone who asks to see it and posted in a place where it will be seen easily.

This tool will help you use current public health and workplace health and safety information to develop your COVID-19 safety plan. 

Access the tool and read more HERE

Webinar Recording: Sustainable Museums
Art Museum at the University of Toronto and
the University of Concordia

Where does one begin to tally the environmental impact of an exhibition? Is it in the space itself as the artworks and artefacts are assembled? Or is it in the very first steps of the process, which might involve mining for heavy metals and pigments, manufacturing chemicals and products, and laying the fiber optic cables that underlie the systems of communication that are key components of exhibition making. Guided by these questions, Plastic Heart aims to create a low-carbon exhibition throughout all stages of its making from the size of artworks and geographic proximity of artists, to shipping, material sourcing, installation, exhibition waste, powering media, and web presence. This panel will consider the complexities of this process, how to improve, and will look to other models that critically address aggregate forms of sustainability as motivators for change in the arts.

With Suzanne Carte, Maya Ishizawa, Sarah Sutton, moderated by Kirsty Robertson

This webinar is a program of Plastic Heart: Surface All the Way Through, an experimental exhibition that examines plastic as art material, cultural object, geologic process, petrochemical product, and a synthetic substance fully entangled with the human body. Three other webinars were held as part of this program: "Plastic, Pollution, and Policy Change", "Plastic Pollution in the Laurentian Great Lakes: Industry" and "Invisibility, and The Plastic Conservation Conundrum: Preserving Plastics in Museum Collections and Plastics’ Durability in the Environment".

View the recording HERE
Webinar Recording: Building Diverse & Equitable Nonprofit Boards
Charity Village and Imagine Canada
Earlier this year, Statistics Canada released the results of a survey exploring the diversity of charity and nonprofit boards in Canada. The results confirmed what many in the sector already know – that those who identify as immigrants, persons of colour, LGBTQ2+ individuals, persons with a disability, and First Nations, Metis, and Inuit are vastly underrepresented on nonprofit and charity boards of directors. In this panel discussion, they discuss the implications of these findings and what organizations can do to build a more diverse and equitable sector, starting with their boards.

The Honourable Ratna Omidvar, Senator for Ontario and Deputy Chair of the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector; Tania Cheng, Imagine Canada board member; and Trish Mandewo, Coquitlam City Councillor and Founder and President of Synergy on Boards Consulting Group.

Read more and view the recording HERE.
Podcast - Ela Keyserlingk: Textile Conservator
Canadian Conservation Institute and the Canadian Heritage Information Network
Ela Keyserlingk is a retired textile conservator who worked at CCI from 1976 to 1997. Originally from Germany, it was love that first brought Ela to Canada, but it was curiosity and determination that led her to an internship opportunity at CCI, which blossomed into an exciting career. In this episode, you will hear Ela tell us what it was like to work on some of Canada’s most important textile objects.
View the series and listen to the podcast HERE.
CCI and CHIN Webinars

In addition to podcasts, CCI and CHIN offer webinars to help heritage professionals and institutions build their capacity for conserving and preserving objects and collections. Each webinar may consist of one or more sessions of one to two hours in length. The webinars incorporate presentations from CCI-CHIN staff, discussion and sharing opportunities as well as question periods. 

Webinars available in 2023:

View the Training and Learning Activity Calendar for webinar dates and information HERE
Read more HERE

Webinar Recording: What Now?
A post-election special

Business / Arts
On September 28th, Business / Arts held a post-election conversation with Global Public Affairs. In this session they analyzed the election results, identified power shifts within parliament and consider their bearing on the creative sector. Together, they discussed new and renewed priorities for arts and culture as well as strategies for building relationships with members of parliament and immediate opportunities for engagement. The session also featured an open question and answer period to address all of the questions that matter to you. 

Speakers include: 

Sean Casey, Vice President, Cultural Industries, Global Public Affairs
Tara Mazurk, Senior Consultant, Cultural Industries, Global Public Affairs
Andrew Walker, Consultant, Cultural Industries, Global Public Affairs
Abby Tait, Associate Consultant, Global Public Affairs
Elizabeth Seip, Associate Consultant, Cultural Industries, Global Public Affairs

View the recording HERE.
Webinar Recording: Operating in a Digital World: Risks and Opportunities for Nonprofits
Ontario Nonprofit Network
As the world relies increasingly on digital touchpoints, nonprofits must adapt their operations to suit the changing needs of their donors and clients. While this presents many opportunities, it also comes with increased cyber risk.

Join ONN to hear from MAX Ottawa and a cyber expert from HUB International on opportunities for moving operations digitally and how to mitigate cyber risk to your organization.

Speakers include: 
Matthew England, Community Programs Manager, MAX Ottawa
Patrick Bourk, National Cyber Practice Leader, HUB International
Moderator: Sarah Matsushita, Director of Communications and Engagement at ONN

View the recording HERE.
Webinar Recording: Six Steps to
Telling Your Heritage Story

National Trust for Canada
Heritage places are filled with great stories to tell. In this webinar learn how to share and get your message out in a way that engages, compels and inspires – and wins you donors and supporters.

Speakers include: 
Sonja Kruitwagen, Manager of Marketing and Digital Strategies, National Trust
Nhanci Wright, Fundraising Advisor

View the recording HERE.
View the presentation slides HERE
Increased Digital Engagement Is a ‘New Normal’ for Cultural Entities (DATA)
Colleen Dilenschneider

Based on data from the United States, a higher percentage of people are engaging with both exhibit and performance-based organizations online now than they were before or even at the height of the pandemic. Can museums and performing arts organizations finally “go back to normal” with digital engagement efforts now that organizations have largely reopened and attendance may be inching closer to more typical seasonal levels in select cases?

Read more HERE

OMA Job Board
Marketing and Development Officer
Homer Watson House & Gallery 

October 29
$38,978 - $50,000/year

Read more HERE
Diversity & Inclusion Officer
Osgoode Township Museum 

November 12

Read more HERE
Interim Vice-President and Director General 
Canadian War Museum

November 14
$138,480 - $190,410/year

Read more HERE
 Ontario Museum Jobs
To access all OMA Job Board Listings, CLICK HERE

The OMA features job listings from the online submissions received through our website.  To submit a listing for an open position at your institution, CLICK HERE!
Support Ontario’s Museums: Donate Now!

As museums across Ontario face the challenges of reopening safely and renewing relationships with your communities, the OMA is here for you. The OMA successfully advocated for federal emergency support funding through the Museums Assistance Program, the early and streamlined release of Community Museum Operating Grant (CMOG) funds in 2020 and 2021, and for an additional $2 million to support digital activities during pandemic closures. Your support, participation, and membership make our work possible.

Representing the interests of over 700 museums, galleries, and heritage sites across the province, the OMA offers regular webinars and professional development opportunities and resources for pandemic recovery. An OMA membership connects you with our network of over 1000 members, provides you with the tools and resources that support your professional practice, and keeps you informed of breaking news about funding opportunities and policy changes via the ONmuseums weekly newsletter and timely eNews alerts.

If you are already an OMA member, thank you! Please renew your membership when you receive an email reminder.

If you are not yet a member, please consider an individual, institutional, or commercial membership for yourself, your colleagues, or your institution. You can find information about member categories and benefits on our website.

You can make a donation to the OMA on our website or through Canada Helps. Every contribution adds to the collective strength of our sector. You can help us build a more resilient museum sector. Thank you for your support!

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