Reopening Resources for Museums + CEWS Extension

May 21, 2020
OMA Professional Development
OMA Webinar:
Confessions of a Museum Professional 3.0:
The Quarantine Edition
May 26, 2020 at 10am EST

The Group of Ontario Emerging Museum Professionals (GOEMP) Committee presents the third edition of “Confessions of a Museum Professional.” This project invites colleagues to share anonymously written postcards about studying and working in the cultural sector. Submissions pose questions, share frustrations, and tell stories about the workplace, educational training, experiences, and failures within the arts, culture, and heritage community. 

Submit your online postcard HERE. 

Due to COVID-19’s evolving nature, which has resulted in cancelled programs and forced galleries and museums to close their doors around the world, we are taking the project online and bringing it to you as a webinar. This online session will consist of a conversation with three panelists who will directly respond to a selection of paper and digital postcards we’ve received. The moderated discussion will specifically address the global pandemic and how it has affected museum professionals today.

Read more and register HERE.

#MuseumsConnectON Member Check-ins
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 10am

Are you missing your museum colleagues? Join the OMA every Wednesday morning for an informal chat and update. Every week there will be a brief presentation from OMA staff on a theme followed by an open discussion. This is an opportunity for you to connect with the OMA and with your colleagues across the province.

Meeting #6 – Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 10am
This meeting will be hosted by the Group of Ontario Emerging Museum Professionals (GOEMP). For more information about the GOEMP, visit their website HERE.

Member Check-ins will be held in Zoom Meetings.
  • Register in advance HERE.
  • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
  • Note: if you do not have a reliable internet connection, you can join by phone (cellular or landline) to hear and participate in the conversation.
Upcoming OMA Dates
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 10am: #MuseumsConnectON Member Check-ins. Register HERE.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 10am: OMA Webinar: Confessions of a Museum Professional 3.0: The Quarantine Edition. Register HERE.

Friday, June 19, 2020: Awards of Excellence Call for Nominations Deadline Extended. Submit HERE.

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.
Need to Know
Federal Government Extends CEWS

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) is in place for a 12-week period, from March 15 to June 6, 2020 to prevent further job losses, and encourage employers to rehire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19. 

The Government of Canada will extend the CEWS by an additional 12 weeks to August 29, 2020. 

Read more HERE.

Applying for CEWS?

On April 28, 2020, the OMA collaborated with Young Associates and the Ontario Association of Art Galleries to present a webinar, "Navigating the Crisis: Federal Support Programs", which provided a summary of the Federal Support that is available to organizations, including a brief overview of the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and how these programs interact with other announced programs.

Watch the recording HERE.
View the Presentation Slides HERE.

Granting Opportunities

The OMA encourages members to determine the eligibility of their organization or project prior to starting the application writing process.

McConnell Foundation COVID-19 response fund
The McConnell Foundation has launched a $750,000 COVID-19 response fund to provide short-term support for community organizations facing increased demands and help organizations respond to new opportunities during the first few months of the pandemic and recovery period. Learn more and apply HERE.

Telus Friendly Future Foundation COVID-19 funding opportunity
The Telus Friendly Future Foundation has committed $10 million to support COVID-19 response efforts. Read the press release and apply for funding HERE.
Reopening Museums
Resources on Reopening Museums

Below are various considerations for reopening depending on public health directions and jurisdictions, from provinces where museums can reopen to the International Council of Museums (ICOM).

Alberta Museums Association
Guidance for Reopening Museums 

Association of Manitoba Museums
Recommendations for Re-opening Your Museum

Museums Association of Saskatchewan
Recommendations for Re-opening Your Museum

American Alliance of Museums
Preparing to reopen

Museums and end of lockdown: Ensuring the safety of the public and staff

Museums Association (UK)
Reopening the museum sector: a statement from the Museums Association
Webinar Recording: Caring for Heritage Collections during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Cultural heritage institutions are coping with many challenges as the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. While collections are not directly at risk, the pandemic complicates their care. In this webinar organized by the Ontario Museum Association, Irene Karsten shares information and recommendations compiled by the Canadian Conservation Institute to help those responsible for heritage collections. Questions about collections contamination, disinfection of museum spaces, and risks to collections during long-term shut down are addressed, based on the evolving collective knowledge of the public health and infectious disease research communities merged with what we know about keeping collections safe.

Watch the recording HERE.
Masks? Antibody Testing? Big Update On What Will Make People Feel Safe Visiting (DATA)
By Colleen Dilenschneider

The last two weeks have shown major changes in what people report will make them feel safe visiting cultural organizations again.

Read the full article HERE.
Cuseum Webinar Recording: 
New Digital Revenue Streams
on the Road to Reopening

Join Brendan Ciecko (CEO and Founder @ Cuseum), Michelle Mileham (Director of Education @ Tracy Aviary), Laura Houston (Director of Education @ Elmwood Park Zoo) & Christian Ramirez (Public Programs Manager @ Phoenix Art Museum) as they explore various ways to monetize virtual programming and digital offerings. This webinar will explore ways to monetize traditional programming that has been shifted to digital platforms, as well as creative ideas that have generated new revenue streams. This discussion will also address some of the challenges related to reopening that cultural organizations are continuing to face.

You can also view and add to the Coronavirus Preparedness Community Document. This is a living document for organizations to share their best practices.

Watch the webinar HERE.

Carr McLean is now offering many items that can help you re-open your museum safely. 
OMA members save 10% on Carr McLean Web Orders over $100.
Other PD Opportunities
Live Webinar: AASLH Conversations:
Deaccessioning in a Recession?
Why and Why Not
May 21, 2020, 3-4PM EST

Deaccessioning is a frequent topic of discussion and debate in the museum field. As US museums face financially uncertain futures, it is important that directors and other staff are prepared to navigate conversations with their boards and other governing bodies about deaccessioning. Join AASLH Standards & Ethics Committee members Sally Yerkovich, Erin Richardson, and Heather Kuruvilla for a conversation about history collections in discussions about museum finances. The conversation will also introduce AASLH’s newest position paper, “Valuing History Collections.”  

Read more and register HERE.
Webinar: Creating Engaging Online Projects
Wednesday, May 27, 2020. 12:00noon – 1:00pm PDT

The Virtual Museum of Canada is an investment program that helps Canadian museums and heritage organizations build digital capacity so we can all access a wide variety of stories and experiences.

Join VMC Director Megan Richardson to hear about the exciting changes the program is making to better serve you and your visitors. Learn about some of the benefits of VMC funding, see some inspiring online projects – like virtual exhibits and tours – and get some tips on how to conceive, pitch and develop your own project.

Read more and register HERE.
Webinar: How should our organization respond to the COVID-19 pandemic?
Thursday, May 28 at 2pm ET / 11am PT

It's one of the most common questions being asked by Canadian charity fundraisers and marketers. But the truth is that no one truly knows what the "correct" response is. The good news is that data can give us new fundraising and marketing insights to test during this time.

Join this special webinar to learn how the Canadian COVID-19 data collected so far can help you improve your fundraising. CharityVillage is proud to sponsor this session hosted by fundraising experts from NextAfter, Care2 and CanadaHelps!

Read more and register HERE.
Algonquin College Applied Museum Studies
Field Placement Survey

Due to Covid 19 many institutions have been closed and will most likely be engaged in a gradual restart of operations, though clearly these will be very different from before the lockdown. The Algonquin College Applied Museum Studies program is surveying institutions to better understand what the fall and winter periods will look like and if it will be possible for institutions to host placement students in the coming school year. The information from this 10-question survey will be invaluable for adjusting the program and being able to support students in making decisions during this time.

More details about the Algonquin College Applied Museum Studies program available HERE.

Complete the 10-question survey HERE.
Covid-19 Crisis Management Questions Checklist For Not-For-Profits

To help NPOs build their resilience in the face of a crisis, BDO Canada organized a multi-disciplinary task force to assess a full range of operational issues, from financial recovery to human resources.

The result is a nine-part crisis management checklist providing a series of questions for board members to ask themselves, senior management and others so they can mitigate the adverse effects of change and uncertainty during COVID-19.

Use the NPO crisis management checklist to effectively lead your NPO in times of crisis.

Red more HERE.
Cuseum Webinar Recording: 
Membership marketing, Audience Shifts
& Community Engagement 

Join Dan Sullivan (Head of Growth and Partnerships @ Cuseum), Tim O’Connell (Director of Membership & Annual Giving @ North Carolina Museum of Art), Julie Knight (Director of Membership @ San Francisco Museum of Modern Art), Sewon Barrera (Digital Marketing Manager @ Exploratorium) & Daniel Vincent (Director of Membership @ Trustees) as they discuss shifts in audiences and membership marketing strategy in light of coronavirus. This webinar will address how organizations can reorient the value propositions of membership and double down on local audience development to survive and thrive in the coronavirus era.

You can also view and add to the Coronavirus Preparedness Community Document. This is a living document for organizations to share their best practices.

Watch the webinar HERE.

Download Free E-Book: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving & Thriving As A Cultural Organization in the 21st Century

The OMA Welcomes Your Support
If you are already an OMA member, please renew your membership when you receive an email reminder. If you are not a member, please consider joining, either as an institution or an individual. You can find information about member categories and benefits on our website.

Please also consider making a donation to the OMA on our website or through Canada Helps.

Your support of the OMA and your participation in events like this webinar make us stronger as a sector, and we appreciate each and everyone one of you.

An OMA membership connects you with our network of over 1000 members, representing 700 museums, galleries, and heritage sites across the province. In addition, an OMA membership provides you with the latest news via the ONmuseums newsletter, eNews alerts, and COVID-19 resources to mitigate impact for Ontario museums, galleries and heritage sites.
COVID-19 Resources
The OMA has prepared a dedicated webpage of COVID-19 communications and resources, updated as new information and resources become available.

Read more HERE.
We're Here to Help!

For all questions or inquiries please contact the OMA: or call 416-348-8672 / 1-866-662-8672.

Marie G. Lalonde
Executive Director