Resources for Black History Month and Greater Inclusion

Jan 28, 2021
This edition of ONmuseums is sponsored by Armstrong Fine Art Services
Black History Month Resources
Online Event:
2021 Black History Month Kick-Off
History... Who We Are!

Ontario Black History Society
Sunday, January 31
1:00 PM - 2:30PM EST

Join the Ontario Black History Society to Kick-Off Black History month virtually on Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 1pm EST. History...Who We Are! 
The COVID-19 pandemic has strained the heritage sector, including the OBHS. Additionally, the Black community has been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. With these unprecedented events happening simultaneously with the global reckoning of anti-Black racism sparked by the Black Lives Matter movement, it’s even more important to know HISTORY!

This history continues, from the past to the present, even amidst a pandemic. History anchors us, especially during times like this.

Join the OBHS to feature community recognition profiles, Black history, entertainment, museum tours and so much more.

History… Who We Are!

To register for the online event, click HERE.
Pictured clockwise from top left: Cheryl Blackman, Shelley Falconer, Sonia Mrva, Natasha Henry

Inclusion2025: Where Are We Now?
Panel Recorded at OMA Conference 2020

Please see below for OMA-created resources in support of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility.

The OMA was pleased to share Inclusion 2025: A Practitioner’s Guide to Inclusive Museums in 2018. The inspiration for Inclusion 2025 was to reflect critically on the current gaps in diversity and inclusion in the sector and respond in a meaningful manner to long-present community voices calling for substantive change.

At the OMA Annual Conference 2020, the OMA convened a panel on this topic to ask, what have we done as a community of practice to work towards greater inclusion in our sector?

Hear from the following speakers:

  • Cheryl Blackman, Director, Museums & Heritage Services, City of Toronto
  • Shelley Falconer, President & CEO, Art Gallery of Hamilton
  • Natasha Henry, President, Ontario Black History Society
  • moderated by Sonia Mrva, Senior Curator, Heritage Strategies, City of Hamilton

To view the 2020 Conference session Inclusion 2025: Where are We Now?, click HERE.

For more Conference 2020 recordings like this, visit the Resources Tab on our website, or click HERE.

Read the Inclusion2025: A Practitioner's Guide to Inclusive Museums HERE

Further OMA Inclusion resources: 

  • Webinar: Cultural Competency HERE
  • Webinar: Beyond Tokenism-- Approaches to Inclusive Programming HERE
  • Webinar: Using Data to Build the Case for Equity and Inclusion HERE
  • Webinar: Managing Up, Down and Across-- Change Management Fundamentals HERE

Inclusion-related OMA Conference Recordings:

  • Thanh Sinden, Museum Detox, Conference 2019 Keynote HERE
  • Ontario Delegates to the Association of African American Museums Conference, Conference 2019 HERE

See all Inclusion-related Resources HERE.

Pictured clockwise from top left: Kate Taylor, Julie Crooks, Shelley Falconer,
(Moderator) Gail Lord, Janis Monture

Panel Discussion: Are Museums in Crisis?
Recorded at OMA Conference 2020

There’s a bad outbreak troubling Canada’s museums – and it’s not COVID. Allegations of harassment, racism and overweening management are erupting at the big institutions, sending their boards scurrying to human resource consultants as they issue contrite statements to the press. Large and historic organizations, the museums look like lumbering beasts as they struggle to adapt to new social demands.” (Kate Taylor, “It’s time for Canada’s museums to walk the walk”, September 28, 2020, The Globe and Mail)

Are museums in crisis? At the OMA Annual Conference 2020, we convened a panel of museum and cultural leaders to explore this question as it applies across the museum field.

To view the recordings, click HERE.

Dr. Deborah L. Mack
The Work You Do, The Person You Are
OMA Conference 2018 Keynote

Dr. Deborah L. Mack is the Interim Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, the nation’s premiere museum devoted to the arts of Africa. 

The National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution, opened to the public 100 years after the initial request to – and authorization by - the U.S. Congress. This presentation examines how a cultural legacy of engagement, consensus building and collaboration shaped the creation of the museum and its opening in 2016. It highlights the conference theme of collaboration by highlighting the three streams of workforce, collections and audiences.

To view the conference, click HERE.

Online Event: Heritage Matters Live
with Esi Edugyan


The Ontario Heritage Trust presents bestselling author and two-time Scotiabank Giller Prize-winner Esi Edugyan for an exclusive talk on her internationally acclaimed novel Washington Black – touching on the themes of Black heritage, identity, belonging and displacement. The broadcast will also include a virtual visit to Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site and a question-and-answer segment with Esi Edugyan that features questions from youth and leaders from Ontario’s Black heritage community.

Screenings for this 70-minute event will be available for a limited time only.
Pre-registration is required.

For students and educators (ideal for Grade 7 and up):

  • February 18, 2021 from 8 a.m. to Noon
  • February 23, 2021 from 8 a.m. to Noon

General public:

  • February 25, 2021 from 5 to 9:30 p.m.
  • March 11, 2021 from 5 to 9:30 p.m.
  • March 16, 2021 from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

Read more and register HERE.

Workshop Series: Equity and Inclusion
Presented by WorkInCulture, in partnership with 
ArtsBuild Ontario, Kingston Arts Council & North York Arts

Identity, Power and Privilege
Wednesday, February 10 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm EST

This session will discuss the role of power dynamics in our everyday interactions and the procedures we can apply to shift work culture. Through a “calling-in” approach, participants will understand the ways power and privilege can be leveraged to create change in arts-based organizations.

Examining Unconscious Bias
Wednesday, February 17 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm EST

In this session, participants will get a better understanding of common equity terms like microaggression, especially how it impacts work culture. Participants will also gain tools to change these attitudes, to develop better leadership and relationships with employees and communities.

Read more and register HERE.
Upcoming OMA Events
Canadian Conservation Institute Webinars
Introduction to Identification and Care of Photographic Materials
Co-Presented by the Ontario Museum Association
and Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries


  • Thursday, February 4, 2021, 10am-12pm Eastern 
  • Thursday, February 11, 2021, 10am-12pm Eastern 
  • Thursday, February 18, 2021, TBC     

This is a 3-part online introduction to the identification and care of photographic materials. This workshop discusses how to identify some photographic processes as well as the structure, composition and format of a selected range of photographic materials.   

Registration closes on Wednesday, February 3rd at 5pm. 

Find out more HERE.

Upcoming OMA Dates

February 4-18: CCI: Introduction to Identification and Care of Photographic Materials Webinars This Canadian Conservation Institute webinar series is co-presented by the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) and Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries (GOG).

February 23: Registration Opens: CMS: Museums in Context

See more OMA Dates on the Calendar HERE. 
External Resources & Events
Minister MacLeod to host Webinars outlining Ontario's COVID-19 Financial Supports
A Message from the Honourable Lisa MacLeod
Provided to the OMA, a statement by Minister MacLeod: 

"Last Friday, our #StayHomeOn campaign launched and our preliminary results indicate that our hashtag was shared over 20.9 million times on Twitter and Instagram and there were over 4.9 million views on TikTok! I am so grateful to all MHSTCI partners who are contributing to this campaign - it means so much because I know how difficult this pandemic has been on all of our sectors and industries. 

It’s been a long road and I know many of you are still struggling. In order to support you, I’m hosting 13 regional webinars that outline supports offered by our government." 

These programs include: 
  1. Small Business Support Grants of up to $20,000
  2. Property Tax and Energy Bill Rebates
  3. Main Street Relief Grant for PPE Support of up to $1000
  4. Not For Profit Support with Ontario Trillium Foundation (additional $100 million in COVID-19 supports beyond the $103 million annual budget)
  5. Support for Arts Organizations (additional $25 million in COVID-19 supports beyond the $60 million budget)
Please sign up to attend the webinar for your region.

Feb. 1, 10am: Ottawa
Feb. 1, 2pm: GTA
Feb. 2, 10am: York, Durham & Headwaters
Feb. 2, 3pm: Bruce Peninsula
Feb. 3, 10am: Kawarthas Nurthumberland
Feb. 3, 2pm: South Eastern Ontario
Feb. 4, 10am: Ontario's Highlands
Feb. 4, 2pm: Muskoka
Feb. 5, 2pm: Northern Ontario
Feb. 8, 10am: Southwest Ontario
Feb. 9, 10am: Niagara
Feb. 9, 2pm: Hamilton, Halton & Brant
Feb. 10, 2pm: Huron, Perth, Waterloo & Wellington

Read more HERE.
Webinar: Learn and Connect: Interpretive Planning 101
Halton Heritage Services

Tuesday, February 2
10:00am  EST

Join Andrew Cirtwill, Certified Interpretive Trainer (NAI) and Lead Interpreter at Bronte Creek Provincial Park for a "how-to" session on interpretive planning and prepare to welcome back visitors to our sites in relevant, engaging and creative ways.

Read more and register HERE.
Black History Speaker Series
Niagara Parks

Second Part: Wednesday, February 24
7:00pm EST

Discover three different perspectives on Black history and culture in Canada with this three-part online speaker series presented by Niagara Parks.

This year’s Black History Speaker Series is delivered as a live-streamed, digital event. Tickets grant access using any computer, tablet or mobile device for these live, interactive sessions with leading community historians and commentators specializing in Black history and culture.

Tickets are $15 per event, or gain access to the entire series for $35. All sessions begin at 7:00 PM.

Register HERE:
Ontario Black History Webinar Recordings
Amherstburg Freedom Museum

The Amherstburg Freedom Museum has a series of online talks available as free resources on their facebook page:

PhD Candidate, African Canadian Historian and President of the Ontario Black History Society Natasha HenryOne Too Many: Africans Enslaved in Essex County.”

PhD Candidate and Fulbright Researcher, Maria Esther HammackBorderlands & River Crossers: Re-Examining Freedom & Safe Havens in Upper Canada.” 

Curator Emeritus and African Canadian Historian Elise Harding-Davis: Remembering Military Courage Through Confrontation” 

Read more HERE.
Black History Month Virtual Journey
Presented by Microsoft Sway

In alliance with museums, cultural centers and historic sites all around the country, Microsoft Community is curating a customized series of immersive virtual experiences for K-12 Students.

This journey includes 11 museum experiences, such as the Sullivan and Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson Museum's "Walk with MLK virtually & fight for civil rights in the Selma-to-Montgomery Marches of 1965".

Additionally, there are 14 children's book reading experiences read aloud by some of the most popular NBA & NFL players, such as "I Shook Up the World: The Incredible Life of Muhammad Ali."

Read More HERE.

Peer Reviewed Journal: Museum International
International Council of Museums

For members of ICOM, the newest edition of "Museum International" was released today and is now available for consultation within your personal memberspace.

Read Museum International HERE.
To view the ICOM website, click HERE.
New CCI Note: Foam Corner Pads
Canadian Conservation Institute

Be sure to check out CCI Note 20/2 Foam Corner Pads. This is an update to previous web content, which can now be found as a CCI Note in the “Art in Transit” series. All CCI Notes are available for free on the CCI website.

Read more about Foam Corner Pads HERE.
For more notes, click HERE.
CCI Video: Time-lapse Deterioration
Canadian Conservation Institute

The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) has recently added the following time-lapse videos of deterioration to the CCI YouTube channel.
  • “Two Iron Keys, Incorrect Relative Humidity & Pollutants”: watch how high relative humidity (RH) and pollutants cause corrosion to form on two iron keys.
  • “Parchment and Iron Key, Incorrect Relative Humidity”: watch how high RH causes deformation and mould growth on parchment and also causes corrosion on iron.
  • “Oil Painting, Incorrect Relative Humidity”: watch how very low RH causes cracks to form and expand in an oil painting on canvas.

To watch, click HERE.

More PD Opportunities

January 28, 1:00pm: Fundraising in 2021: The Tools You Need to Master, CanadaHelps, Read More HERE.

February 2, 12:00pm: Managing/Maintaining Creative Spaces: Optimizing your Facility, ArtsBuild Ontario, Read More HERE.

February 4, 1:00pm: Fundraising trends of 2021 that may influence your strategy to prepare your organization for a successful year, Charity Village, Read More HERE.
OMA Job Board
Executive Director
Powell River Historical Museum & Archives


Deadline: January 31
Read More HERE.
Indigenous Art Educator,
Children & Youth Program

Art Gallery of Ontario

Deadline: February 2
Read More HERE.

Supervisor of Cultural Services
St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canal Centre

Deadline: February 5
Read More HERE.

Ontario Museum Jobs

February 2: Bilingual Program Administrator (General), Ontario Arts Council. Apply HERE

February 4: Graphic Designer (Contract), The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery. Apply HERE

February 7: Census Operators (NCR), The Government of Canada. Apply HERE.

February 14: Museum Maintenance Specialist, The Bank of Canada Museum. Apply HERE

March 31: Collections Assistant Intern (Contract), Victoria County Historical Society O/A Olde Gaol Museum. Apply HERE

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!
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.

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