Sept. 29-Museums in a Digital Future

Sep 15, 2022
Need to Know
Upcoming Design Charrette:
Creating a Vision of Museums in a Digital Future

Ontario Museum Association and George Brown College

Thursday September 29, 2022
9:00am – 3:00pm (working lunch)

On behalf of the Ontario Museum Association and George Brown College, we invite you to participate in our design charrette. Working alongside other museum professionals, designers, and industry experts, you will have the opportunity to collaborate, brainstorm and explore new ideas about the future of Ontario museums in a fun and creative environment. Your input and proposals will be used to help us define a roadmap for the digitalization of Ontario museums!

Interested in participating? Click HERE to fill out the form. We thank everyone for their interest. For the best collaborative experience, the number of participants is limited. Selected participants will be sent confirmation and a pre-reading package ahead of the charrette.

Have questions? Please feel free to email us at and we will be happy to answer any questions!

We look forward to sharing more about the results of the Design Charrette and the vision for the digitalization of the museum sector at the #OMAConf2022 session on Monday November 21, 2022.

Express your interest in participating

What is a “Charrette”?
“Charrette” describes a rapid, intensive, and creative work session, usually lasting several days, in which a design team focuses on a particular design problem and arrives at a collaborative solution. Charrettes are product oriented.
What is the goal of our “Charrette”?
Our charrette is titled, “Creating a Vision of Museums in a Digital Future”, and will explore how digitization can be incorporated into museums in the future. Digitization may not be the only tool driving museums forward, but we will be exploring how it could be harnessed to contribute to modernization in the museum sector.

Employment Opportunity: 
OMA Professional Development Program Manager
Deadline to Apply: Monday October 3rd, 2022, at 11:59pm ET
The Ontario Museum Association is hiring a Professional Development Program Manager. Working with the Council, staff and members of the Ontario Museum Association, and reporting to the Executive Director, the Professional Development (PD) Program Manager will play a key role in the delivery of timely and engaging learning opportunities for Ontario’s museums that foster the pursuit of excellence in museum practice.

Bringing knowledge, connections and creative skills to the position, the PD Manager will act as a catalyst to inspire a learning culture in the museum sector. The successful candidate will play a leading role in exploring innovative and responsive learning program offerings and support mechanisms for individuals at various stages of their career- from students to emerging, mid to advanced-in-career professionals and specialized workers.

Download the full Position Description HERE. (opens in a new window)
OMA PD Program Manager Job Posting
Sector News

The Canadian Museum of History
Indigenous Internship Program 

Deadline for applications: September 23

This program offers First Nations, Inuit and Métis from across Canada professional and technical training in museum practices. The goal of the Program is to develop ways for Indigenous nations across Canada to represent their own history and culture in concert with cultural institutions.

Eligible participants are invited to submit concise project proposals for an internship experience that includes both in-person and online work. All training is undertaken in collaboration with staff at the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum in a variety of fields, including research, collections, exhibitions, public programs, public affairs, publishing, development, and museum services. Training is available in both official languages.

The deadline for applications for the 2022–2023 program is September 23, 2022.

Read more HERE.

CMA Search for Executive Director
Consultation Questionnaire

Complete the questionnaire by September 16

The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) is searching for its next Executive Director. CMA would appreciate hearing your views about what the organization should be seeking in candidates. CMA is hoping to receive your comments (brief and point form are acceptable) by competing their questionnaire (5 to 10 min.) by 5:00pm ET on Friday September 16, 2022.

This questionnaire is completely confidential and anonymous. The responses to the questionnaire are held in confidence by BIPOC Executive Search, the executive search firm that we are partnering with to help us further diversify the candidate pool.

Read more HERE.

CCUNESCO launches Call for Nominations:
Inscriptions on the Canada Memory of the
World Register

Declarations of interest due: September 26

This Register recognizes significant documentary heritage related to Canada and its peoples, and is one of the vehicles of the UNESCO Memory of the World Program which aims at preserving and providing access to documentary heritage as the embodiment of the memory of humanity.

The Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) extends a special call for documentary heritage related to Black Canadians and continues to extend a special call for proposals for documentary heritage related to Indigenous languages and cultures.

The deadline for declarations of interest is September 26, 2022.

Read more HERE.


Artsvest receives federal support for
upcoming coaching opportunities

Business / Arts

Business / Arts announces a continued investment of $1.8 million from Canadian Heritage’s Canada Cultural Investment Fund Strategic Initiatives component. This funding will facilitate new and returning artsvest programming across Canada from 2022 – 2025 — a national mentorship and training program for small and medium arts, culture and heritage organizations.

Further details on program eligibility, intake and delivery will be released this fall. 

Read more HERE.

OMA Professional Development
An opportunity to recognize our
esteemed colleagues
Deadline for submissions: October 17, 2022

Is there someone at your organization who has retired (or will retire) between October 2021 and November 2022?

In 2019 the OMA started a tradition of recognizing our colleagues who have retired in the past year at the annual OMA Awards reception. This year we look forward to continuing the tradition in person in Hamilton!

Share the following information with us so that we can honour the contributions that these individuals have made to our dynamic sector.
  • Name
  • Organization
  • Title
  • Retirement date
  • Photo
  • How long they worked in museums and/or at the organization from which they retired
  • Some other interesting fact or anecdote about what they achieved in their career
Send submissions to
Watch the retiree videos from 2020 and 2021 HERE.

Notes: Submissions are welcome to recognize retirees in any role at an organization.
Retirees do not need to be present at the in-person event to be recognized.
Early-bird rates extended to
Wednesday September 21!
Register now and save!
The OMA and the Conference Program Committee are glad to extend the early bird deadline and allow our Members and colleagues an opportunity to save on registration.

We look forward to gathering with you at OMA Annual Conference!
  • Monday, November 7, 2022 In-person (Hamilton) – select sessions will be live-streamed
  • Tuesday, November 8, 2022 (Hamilton) Study Tours (more information to come!) 
  • Monday, November 21, 2022 Online – Full day of interactive online sessions
Discover the fascinating Conference speakers and sessions. 
See the full Program HERE.
Register now and save!
More to See & Do in Hamilton

We are excited to share that several local museums in Hamilton will extend complimentary in-person admission to Conference participants from November 5 - 13, 2022. Visit before Conference or after!

Thanks to our leading partner, City of Hamilton, we are pleased to offer the following special opportunities and free admissions to Hamilton Civic Museums:

Additional local museums will extend complimentary admission to their sites:
If you wish to offer free admission to Conference participants at your local Hamilton museum, gallery or historic site, contact .
Learn about Fully Subsidized Registrations HERE.
Book Your Accommodation for the In-person Conference HERE.
Sheraton Hamilton Hotel

Learn about the Health & Wellbeing Policies and Practices HERE.
Learn about the Registration Terms, Conditions & Refund Policy HERE.

Contact Us:
Tel: 416-348-8672
Toll-free in Ontario: 1-866-662-8672
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Partners & Exhibitors
* as of September 14
Other PD Opportunities
Upcoming webinar: Leverage the power of young generations for the future of
your nonprofit
Charity Village

Thursday September 15, 2022
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Attendance is limited

Join Charity Village for a free webinar to learn how to leverage the power of younger generations to improve the future of your nonprofit. This session will cover:
  • The characteristics of “young minds” and how they will impact the future for nonprofits.
  • The power behind young minds that can be leveraged by nonprofits to secure growth and build long-term relationships.
  • How young generations can help solve the biggest pain points for nonprofits.
  • How nonprofits can put learning into action while dealing with limited resources and constrained budgets.
  • 10 quick steps you can take today to engage younger donors.

This webinar will be recorded – if you cannot make the live session, complete the registration form and a recording will be emailed to you the day after the live session.

Read more and register HERE.

Upcoming webinar: Managing emotions in workplace conflict
Charity Village

Thursday September 22, 2022
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Attendance is limited

Join Charity Village for a free webinar to learn about how to manage emotions in workplace conflict. This session will cover:
  • What are emotions and why do they show up in workplace conflict
  • Why avoidance is a common but ineffective strategy to handle disputes
  • How to work with your emotions and move the situation towards a resolution
  • The ingredient that needs to be present in your organization to support a productive working environment.

This webinar will be recorded – if you cannot make the live session, complete the registration form and a recording will be emailed to you the day after the live session.

Read more and register HERE.

Upcoming webinar: B/A Speaker Series - 
Exploring trust-based philanthropy in the arts
Business / Arts

Tuesday September 20, 2022
2:00pm ET

This session will explore the rise of trust-based philanthropy and consider its application to the non-profit arts sector. The discussion will cover how trust-based approaches can benefit both grantors and grantees, as well as some practical steps towards developing these partnerships. Joined by Steven Ayer, Founder and Principal Consultant of Common Good Strategies, and co-author of Imagine Canada's recent report Trust & Impact: Funders’ Perspectives on Unrestricted Funding in Canada.

Read more and register HERE.
In the Media
Lake Nipissing replica made of beads on display
Thunder Bay Museum hosts exhibit on reclusive inventor Wendell Beckwith
Museums in Sault Ste. Marie ready to celebrate Culture Days
Visit the Meaford Museum on the 'Apple Pie Trail' in Southern Georgian Bay
Penetanguishene Centennial Museum helps to present the inaugural Indigenous Art & Culture Awareness Week 
(Sept. 19-25)
Windsor making plans to remember Queen Elizabeth II
OMA's 50th Anniversary
2022 is the Ontario Museum Association’s 50th Anniversary! We are celebrating 50 years of advancing a strong museum sector for Ontario with staff and volunteers from the province’s 700 museums, galleries, and heritage sites. To commemorate this occasion, we are hosting a year-long series of online activities, culminating at the OMA Annual Conference 2022 in Hamilton in November.
We welcome everyone to join the celebration of our 50th anniversary
and to visit a museum near you!

Learn more about our 50th Anniversary 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. Your support, participation, and membership make our work possible.

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. Thank you for your support!
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For all questions or inquiries please contact the OMA: or call 416-348-8672 / 1-866-662-8672.
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