Start 2023 off with Resources and PD Opportunities

Dec 22, 2022
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Office Closure

From OMA team, warm wishes for a joyful and restful holiday season. We look forward to connecting with you in 2023! 

The Ontario Museum Association office will be closed for the holiday season beginning Monday, December 19, 2022. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 3, 2023.
OMA Resources
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Webinar Recording:
Building Discoverability, Access, and Versatility into Archived Oral History Collections

Speakers from the Oral History Centre at University of Winnipeg

On Monday December 12, 2022, the Ontario Museum Association, in partnership with Toronto History Museums and Digital Action Research and Training, held a presentation featuring speakers from the Oral History Centre at the University of Winnipeg: Brett Lougheed, Kent Davies, Kimberley Moore.

The presentation explored how oral history best practices—a pre-custodial approach designed to support the preservation of born digital collections—can be applied to extant collections in order to facilitate discoverability and access. It included a discussion on post-custodial archival processes in support of long-term ethical and functional access to oral history collections, and the re-use of interviews.

Watch the webinar recording HERE.
Download the presentation slides HERE.

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.
Upcoming Workshop:
Bring Your Own By-Laws with CLEO
Community Legal Education Ontario and Ontario Museum Association

Friday February 3, 2023
9:00am - 2:00pm ET
Free, but registration is limited

In this half-day working session, participants will work through their by-laws and letters patent and a special workbook to identify what they might want or need to change in order to comply with Ontario’s Not-for-profit Corporations Act (ONCA). Participants are advised to review their governing documents ahead of time to be somewhat familiar with the layout and content. Participants must bring a digital or physical copy of their by-laws and (preferably) letters patent.
This session is for: senior leaders, board members, and anyone involved in the corporate governance of organizations already incorporated under Ontario’s Corporations Act or a special Act.

This session is not for:

  • organizations that are not themselves incorporated but part of a larger organization or government, 
  • organizations incorporated under Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act,
  • organizations incorporated under Co-operative Corporations Act,
  • organizations incorporated through the Ontario Historical Society, or
  • other statutes outside of Ontario

Speaker: Benjamin Miller, a staff lawyer on the Nonprofit Law Ontario project of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) where he focuses on the legal needs of nonprofits and charities.

Read more and register HERE.

Get started thinking about ONCA! The OMA and CLEO hosted a webinar to discuss what is new in the ONCA, and steps nonprofits need to take to transition to the ONCA. Watch the webinar recording HERE.

Register today!
Upcoming webinar:
Mapping Oral History with Atlascine
and Sensibility Mapping

Speakers from the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University (COHDS)
Organized by Digital Action Research and Training, Toronto History Museums, and
the Ontario Museum Association

Wednesday January 18, 2023
12:00pm - 1:30pm ET
Registration Required

This webinar will present two innovative cartographic approaches designed to map collections of stories and interviews. The first one will be structured around Atlascine, a free, online and open-source software developed to map collections of stories. Through the full interaction between media and maps, Atlascine offers new ways of navigating within and between audiovisual stories. Here, the map is envisioned not only as a way to reveal places as described in stories, but also to expand the possibilities of accessing, listening, visualizing and connecting these stories. The second cartographic approach will be devoted to the exploration of the inner parts of these stories using "sensibility mapping.” Sensibility mapping is a creative way of investigating the intimate, emotional and personal dimensions of stories.

Through this webinar, participants can expect to familiarize themselves with the potential, limits and complementarity of both approaches to expand the access to (corpuses of) interviews.

  • Sébastien Caquard, co-director of COHDS and a professor in the department of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University
  • Élise Olmedo, post-doctoral researcher at the department of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University.
Read more and register HERE.
Register today!
This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

Upcoming CCI Webinar:
Photography on a Dime - Thrifty Tools and Free Software for Heritage Professionals

Canadian Conservation Institute, Ontario Museum Association and Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries

Webinar 1: February 9, 2023 (1:00 - 3:00 PM ET)
Webinar 2: February 16, 2023 (1:00 - 3:00 PM ET)

OMA and GOG members register at 'Members' rate

This Canadian Conservation Institute webinar series is co-presented by the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) and Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries (GOG). Interested participants are those who are currently or will be involved in photodocumentation projects within a heritage institution. Participants are expected to have a fundamental knowledge of camera settings and functions (such as ISO and aperture) and a basic understanding of lighting equipment as this information will not be reviewed in the webinar. Participants should also possess practical computer skills.

Register HERE.

Register today!
Registration is open! Spaces are available!
Upcoming Certificate in Museum Studies Courses

Care of Collections
Dates: January 16 - April 2, 2023
Format: Online
Director: Carmen Li, Royal Alberta Museum
*The CMS course Artifacts is a prerequisite for Care of Collections

Registration for Certificate in Museum Studies courses is open to OMA Individual Members and Commercial Consultant Members.

Find out more about the Certificate in Museum Studies Program HERE.
Questions? Email
Register for courses
External Resources
Creating Inclusive Exhibition: Manual of Museum Exhibitions
Lord Cultural Resources
Lord Cultural Resources is pleased to announce the release of its latest publication, the Manual of Museum Exhibitions 3rd Edition. They hosted a webinar on the latest trends in museum exhibitions. During the hour-long webinar, we talked with the book’s editor, Maria Piacente, followed by a panel discussion with museum and cultural expert contributors.

The COVID-19 pandemic shone a bright light on inequities in our society that impact People of Colour and Indigenous communities economically, socially, and physically. Coupled with the racial justice movement and a growing commitment to Truth and Reconciliation, cultural organizations are working to better understand how meaningful engagement with communities influences current and future actions in museums.

As one of the most important drivers of attendance and revenue in museums, the development of exhibitions is at the forefront of museum engagement strategies. Exhibitions can stimulate decolonial dialogues, privilege diverse voices and underserved publics, and present alternative ways of knowing.

Maria Piacente – Senior Vice President for Exhibition and Gallery Planning at the Royal Ontario Museum
Tim Johnson – Lord Indigenous Advisor, Mohawk, Six Nations of the Grand River
Cheryl Blackman - Director, Museums & Heritage Services at City of Toronto
Cory Timpson – Principal, Corey Timpson Design Inc.

Dr. Brad King, Vice President, Strategy & Organization, Lord Cultural Resources
Special introduction from Gail Lord, Co-Founder & President, Lord Cultural Resources

Watch webinar HERE.
Getting Ready to Fundraise for Your Heritage Place
National Trust for Canada

Fundraising Webinar Bundle Part 1:
November 18, 2022

It all begins with a Plan. Avoid the pitfall of lurching from one scheme to another and get your fundraising off to a good start. In this fundraising webinar, learn how to create your fundraising plan – from setting goals, to choosing strategies that fit your resources, establishing budgets and timelines, and building a volunteer team. Get ready to fundraise for your heritage place! 
Register HERE to view recording!

Fundraising Webinar Bundle Part 2:
December 18, 2022

In the heritage and cultural sectors, grants can be a critical source of funding to help you build and grow your project. But, how do you find the right fit? And, what are funders looking for? In this webinar, we’ll help you navigate the world of grants, giving you helpful tips that take you from research to application.

Register HERE to view recording!
OMA Job Board
Ottawa Art Gallery

January 3, 2022
$40,000 - $45,000
Read more HERE.
Muskoka Lakes Museum

January 6, 2023
$45,000 - $55,000
Read more HERE.
Museums of Burlington

January 6, 2022

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!
In the Media
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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 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.

Dov Goldstein, Vice President, Lord Cultural Resources and Shelley Falconer, President and CEO, Art Gallery of Hamilton at OMA Annual Conference 2022 in Hamilton - session AGH & The New Hamilton
Make a donation to the OMA!

Whether you choose to give the price of a cup of coffee or donate $50 for 50 years, any and all donations are appreciated.

We thank you for your donation in support of the OMA's ongoing operations!
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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.

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