Successful Recovery for Art, Culture, and Heritage

Mar 24, 2022
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Need to Know
Stakeholder Meeting with Minister of Canadian Heritage
On March 16, OMA ED Marie Lalonde was invited to take part in a stakeholder meeting with the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage, in advance of the National Summit on Recovery of the Arts, Culture and Heritage Sectors. 
She joined representatives from sectors including heritage, visual and performing arts, film, and individual cultural workers and creative professionals. The roundtable participants discussed the impacts of the pandemic, what a successful recovery looks like, and how the Canadian government can support long-term competitiveness and the sustainable growth of these sectors. All sectors and the OMA spoke of the important role of programs like CEWS and CERB. The OMA also recognized how critical federal funding has been to Ontario museums during the pandemic, particularly the Emergency and Reopening funds through MAP and the  Digital Access to Heritage funding. The OMA's presentation referenced its submission for Canada’s Federal Budget 2022. Moving forward, the OMA will work with our national and provincial Museum Association colleagues to advocate for a new National Museum Policy and operating support to stabilize museums and heritage organizations.

Read the OMA's Submission to Canada's 2022 Federal Budget HERE
OMA Resources

Webinar Recording: From Living History
to Living the History

with Pickering Museum Village
The Pickering Museum Village has called itself a living history museum for many years. Lack of resources made the reality much different. An independent Master Site Use Study prompted a wake-up call in 2018. Beginning with a hard look at permanent exhibits, and what staff wanted the visitor experience to be, PMV staff began what they call a shift from living history to living the history. Two and half years and a pandemic later, Katrina Pyke and Ellen Tayles-Armstrong share how it all started, where it is now, and what the next years look like. They explore the need for museums to challenge the status quo and adapt to changing visitor expectations and patterns; how to shift a deeply rooted community museum culture; and how to accept that what the museum was doing in the past isn’t working. 

Speakers: Katrina Pyke and Ellen Tayles-Armstrong

View the slides HERE
Watch the webinar recording HERE
Members in the News 
Digitizing of century-old glass negatives underway at Brant Museum
Sault Ste. Marie Museum launches podcast 'Stories of Northern Life'
Find out why Ontario is “A Place to Grow” at Hillary House National Historic Site
Guelph Civic Museum exhibit documentaries explore three Guelph neighbourhoods
External Resources
Who can experience my Post?
An Accessibility Guide to
Everyday Social Media

Culture Days

Free Webinar 
Thursday, March 24
2 p.m. ET

Join in for a one-hour presentation, demo and Q&A where artist, communications specialist, and accessible designer, Yasmeen Nematt Alla, will share some basic do’s and dont’s of online social media accessibility. By guiding the participants through some of the accessibility tools social media platforms provide, arts workers, artists, and organizers will learn how to start incorporating these tools into their daily communication practices.

Register HERE.
Building Digital Resilience
in the Nonprofit Sector

Tamarack Institute

Free Webinar 
Wednesday, March 30
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET

For the first time, leading nonprofits in Canada are taking deliberate, collective action to build the digital capacity of the sector. The Canadian Centre for Nonprofit Digital Resilience (CCNDR) is set to publicly launch on March 29, 2022. Join Victor Beausoleil, SETSI; Amy Sample Ward, NTEN; Chantal Edwards, Imagine Canada; Narinder Dhami, Sonor Foundation; and Liz Weaver, Tamarack Institute, in a conversation about the critical importance of launching CCNDR and how the Centre will a springboard to digital transformation for nonprofit organizations.

Find out more and register HERE.
Webinar Recording:
Creating a Digital Marketing Funnel in 2022: Google Ad Grants and Beyond!

Charity Village
Understanding the digital marketing ecosystem will help your nonprofit succeed in 2022 and beyond. In this webinar, you will be taken through the stages that users go through when interacting with a nonprofit online. The presenters will then explain the best tools to use to move these users through your digital marketing funnel, from awareness, to engagement, to action.
Watch the recording HERE.
Toolkit: Climate Action for Museums
The Alberta Museums Association (AMA)
In collaboration with Green Economy Canada, the AMA makes available the Climate Action Toolkit which provides information tailored to museums on the various steps they can take to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and green their operations. The toolkit features climate action case studies from museums across Canada, including the Royal Alberta Museum and the Kerry Wood Nature Centre. It also includes practical instructions for how museums can assess their current greenhouse gas emissions, create an action plan to reduce those emissions, and put that plan in place to meet meaningful goals.
Read more and download the toolkit HERE.
Sustainability e-book:
10 Tips to Use Today at
Your Museum or Attraction

As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, sustainability has surfaced as one of the main priorities for museums and attractions. Healthy visitors and staff, healthy buildings, and a healthy world – they’re all related. In this e-book about sustainability, you’ll learn 10 strategies for making your museum or attraction more environmentally sustainable, as well as four things you can do right away to get started on the path. 

Here’s what you’ll learn:
  • Long-term strategies for becoming more sustainable
  • Easy strategies you can implement today
  • Great examples of how other venues have pursued their sustainability goals 
Read more HERE.
OMA Job Board
Visitor Services Guide
Peel Art Gallery, Museum, and Archives

March 25
$21.45/ hour

Read more HERE.
Site Administrator
Ruthven Park National Historic Site

March 31
$60,000 - $65,000 per annum

Read more HERE.
Chief Development Officer
Ottawa Art Gallery

March 31
$70,000 - $80,000 + benefits and contribution to RRSP

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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