Ukrainian Culture in Ontario Museums

Mar 03, 2022
At the OMA
Member Check-in: Social Issues

10:00 am ET on March 9, 2022


Join us for a member check-in! Back in 2020, the OMA started member check-ins as a way for the museum community to reconnect, share updates, and have an informal chat. Two years later, the social context of the world – and museums – has changed. As have the roles of museums. But what exactly are those roles? What are the responsibilities of museums in 2022? What is the role of museums in addressing urgent social issues such as homelessness/houselessness, racial justice, indigenous reconciliation, and climate change? How can museums contribute to progressive discourse in the public realm without being performative?

This session, facilitated by Workers Arts & Heritage Centre (WAHC) and Myseum of Toronto, invites participants to share the challenges and barriers to doing this work, as well as strategies for engaging communities around difficult conversations.

Do you have a topic you want to discuss? Share it with museum workers in Ontario by hosting a member check-in! Email your proposal to PD Program Manager Mary Collier at

Member Check-ins will be held on Zoom.

Register HERE


Nadine Villasin Feldman has been engaging diverse communities through cultural programming and meaningful participation in the arts for over 20 years. The former Artistic Director of Carlos Bulosan Theatre, and co-founder of the youth-led Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture, she developed multi-arts events and cultural festivals that have nurtured a vibrant community of Filipino-Canadian artists and built a platform for Filipino culture and art in Toronto. Nadine has worked with a variety of community-centred arts organizations (VIBE Arts, Kaeja d’Dance, Drum Artz, Reel Asian Film Festival) curating programs, animating public spaces and producing mid to large scale community performance projects.
Florencia Berinstein (she/her), is the Executive Director of the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre in Hamilton, a community museum dedicated bringing together and celebrating all working people through art, history and culture. Florencia has worked in the arts and culture sector in deep collaboration with a broad range of workers’ groups and community groups for over 20 years, to address issues of social justice. She is the recipient of a Chalmers Professional Development grant from the Ontario Arts Council, alumni of the Cultural Leadership Course from the Banff Centre, and holds an MA in Art in Public Space from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, and a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.
Thank you for a successful #HeritageWeek!

Thank you for joining us in celebrating Ontario's museums, their staff and volunteers, and their community contributions throughout #HeritageWeek! We saw great engagement across social media, highlighting that museums serve every community in the province through programs and services. Ontario museums for community recovery.

Let's keep sharing the value of museums!
We invite members to continue using the graphics the OMA provided to raise awareness of the important contributions of museums, especially during pandemic recovery. You can use hashtags #MuseumsConnectON and #ONpoli. 
Download a set of graphics HERE.

May is Museum Month / Mai, Mois des Musées is just around the corner, and another opportunity to celebrate Ontario's vibrant and vital museums! Please look for our May is Museum Month kit in the coming weeks.

OMA Statement in Support of Ukraine

The Ontario Museum Association stands with colleagues around the globe in solidarity with the Ukrainian people, with particular thoughts for colleagues and friends at the Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Ontario Branch; the Taras Shevchenko Museum; and the Ukrainian Canadian Art Foundation - KUMF™ Gallery, and all others who are deeply affected by this war. We echo the statement of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), expressing concern for the "risks faced by museum professionals as well as the threats to cultural heritage because of this armed conflict".

Learn more about and consider supporting the Canada Ukraine Foundation and the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

Read the full statement from ICOM HERE.

Learn more about and consider supporting these three Ontario museums below:

Learn more about Ukrainian culture at these Ontario Museums:

The new exhibition "Legends and Legacies of Borshchiv" is opening at the Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Ontario Branch on March 8
"MY SHEVCHENKO, MY WORLD" exhibition of paintings is opening at the Taras Shevchenko Museum on March 6
Join the panel discussion with Ukrainian Canadian visual artists organized by the Ukrainian Canadian Art Foundation - KUMF™ Gallery on March 10
Discover the William Kurelek Collection of art and archival records at the Niagara Falls Art Gallery.
Sector News
2021 Recipients of the
Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Awards

Exceptional Ontarians and conservation projects recognized
Ontario Heritage Trust

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and John Ecker, Chair of the Ontario Heritage Trust, presented projects and individuals who made exceptional contributions to heritage conservation with the 2021 Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards during a virtual ceremony on February 24, 2022.

Museum recipients include: 

  • William Thompson of Halton County Radial Railway Museum, Grimsby Museum, and Nelles Manor Heritage House (Lifetime Achievement)
  • Niagara Parks Power Station (Excellence in Conservation)
  • Craigleith Heritage Depot (Community Leadership Award) 
  • The City of Toronto’s Awakenings Program (Community Leadership Award) 
  • The Freedom Project at Heritage Hall by the Guelph Black Heritage Society (Community Leadership Award)
  • Shannon Prince of Buxton National Site & Museum (Thomas Symons Award for Commitment to Conservation)

Read the full News Article HERE

Glenbow Becomes First Major Canadian Museum to Offer Free General Admission Permanently
Glenbow Museum

Glenbow has announced a transformative $35-million donation from the family of JR Shaw, including an endowment that will make it the first major Canadian museum to offer free general admission, forever. The downtown Calgary building that houses Glenbow and its collection is currently undergoing a massive top-to-bottom renovation that will transform 312,000 square feet of space into one of the most vibrant and inclusive art museums in North America. When it reopens, the building will be renamed JR Shaw Centre for Arts & Culture.

Read the full News Release HERE

The National Gallery of Canada Creates a New Department of Indigenous Ways and Decolonization
National Gallery of Canada


The National Gallery of Canada (NGC) announced on February 8, 2022, the creation of a Department of Indigenous Ways and Decolonization, and the appointments of its first Vice President, Steven Loft, effective February 7, 2022, and first Director, Michelle LaVallee, effective March 21, 2022. The creation of this department and establishment of two senior positions mark a new key milestone in the implementation of the National Gallery of Canada’s first-ever Strategic Plan Transform Together launched last spring.

Read the full News Release HERE

Canada’s First Chinese Canadian Museum Established in B.C.
BC Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport 


The historic Wing Sang Building, the oldest building in Vancouver Chinatown, will be the permanent site of the Chinese Canadian Museum. The Province of BC is providing $27.5 million to the Chinese Canadian Museum Society of British Columbia to support continued planning and operations of the society, as well as the purchase of the historic Wing Sang Building at 51 East Pender St.

Read the full News Article HERE

Museum of Health Care Welcomes New Curator
Museum of Health Care


The Board of Directors of Museum of Health Care at Kingston is pleased to announce the hiring of a new Curator. Welcome Rowena McGowan! Rowena hails from beautiful Alberta and will begin her curatorship at the Museum on March 1st, 2022. Rowena holds Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Archaeology, and graduated with a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto in 2016.

Read the full News Release HERE

Toronto Ward Museum Announces Two New Executive Co-Directors
Toronto Ward Museum


Congratulations to Henrick Sales and Brannavy Jeyasundaram who were announced as the new Co-Executive Directors of the Toronto War Museum this Tuesday, March 1! Prior to their nomination, both were researchers and curators for the Ward Museum's 2020 Block by Block program for Agincourt. The co-directors are artists who have extensive experience engaging with marginalized communities to share stories and build collective memory. 

Read more HERE.

Workers Arts and Heritage Centre Founders Receive Governor General’s Award
 in Visual and Media Arts

Canada Council for the Arts


Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge are visual artists from Hamilton, Ontario, and Ottawa, Ontario, respectively. Over the last 45 years, they have collaborated with various trade union and community organizations in the production of their staged photographic work. Their work has been exhibited across Canada and abroad in both the trade union movement and public art galleries and museums.

Read the full news release HERE

In the Media
Chatham-Kent Museum examines the city's human rights movement
Free Tuesdays introduced at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Amherstburg Freedom Museum partners with Windsor Express again
Black History celebrated year-round at the Fergie Jenkins Foundation’s museum
PD Opportunities
Ontario Trillium Foundation Webinars

"Are You Eligible for OTF Funding?"

Free Webinar
Friday, 4 March 2022
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST

What’s covered in this session?

This information session will focus only on the requirements that organizations need to meet to be eligible for OTF funding. Topics of discussion include:

  • Types of eligible applicants
  • Financial statements requirements
  • Board of Directors information
  • OTF policies

Read more and register HERE

"Overview of the Resilient Communities Fund"

Free Webinar
Monday, 7 March 2022
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST

What’s covered in this session?

  • A general overview of the Resilient Communities Fund
  • Highlight changes to the funding stream
  • Top tips and common pitfalls when submitting a grant application

Read more and register HERE

Essentialism: Ruthless Prioritization
for Ultimate Productivity

Charity Village

Free Webinar
Thursday, March 17th, 2022
1:00 pm- 2 pm EST 

Using themes from the best-selling business book by Greg McKeown, this webinar explores the concept of Essentialism, a technique for prioritization that suggests we should relentlessly pursue less but pursue better. It’s the idea of choosing to produce quality over quantity. And more than that, it’s the idea of choosing to produce quality on the RIGHT TASKS! 

Nonprofit professionals wear many hats in their organizations and this session will help you figure out how to direct your attention to the tasks that will have the most impact for your mission. 

Read more and register HERE

Online Lecture:
Diversity and Inclusion - Choose to Change

 Toronto Railway Museum

Free Lecture
Thursday, March 17th, 2022
7:00 pm- 8:30 pm EST 

On Thursday, March 17, join the Toronto Railway Museum and Corina Moore for an online lecture. Corina Moore will present Diversity and Inclusion: Choose to Change, featuring her own journey to becoming the first woman President and CEO of Ontario Northland. Moore’s presentation will highlight women in the railway industry, including her own career journey, the advantages of having a diverse team, and how to drive long-term change.

Read more and register HERE

Call for Papers:
ICOM Prague 2022



The Call for Papers of all 32 International Committees for #ICOMPrague2022 ICOM is open! You have the opportunity to apply until 31 March 2022! Do not hesitate and become a part of the official scientific programme of the 26th General Conference ICOM Prague 2022. You can apply through the online form. 

Abstract submissions deadline is 31 March 2022.

Read the full News Article HERE

Call for Presentations:
National Trust Conference
"The Heritage Reset: Making Critical Choices" 

National Trust for Canada


The National Trust in association with the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals invites your essential participation in the transformation of the heritage sector – currently underway with the pan-Canadian Heritage Reset initiative and culminating at this conference in Fall 2022.

The submission deadline is April 8, 2022.

Read more about it HERE

Upcoming Funding Deadlines

To help ease your search for funding support, the OMA team has compiled a list of current funding opportunities that are relevant to Ontario's museums. View more funding opportunities on the OMA website HERE.
March 3, 2022: Ontario Grant to Support Anti-Hate Security Measures for Faith-Based and Cultural Organizations
March 11, 2022: Ontario COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant
April 6, 2022: Resilient Communities Fund, Ontario Trillium Foundation
April 30, 2022: Community Anniversaries - Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage
April 30, 2022: Local Festivals - Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage
New and Renewing OMA Members
Athabasca University Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Aurora Historical Society and Hillary House National Historic Site
Bath Museum
Brant Historical Society
Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre
Commanda Museum
Elgin County Museum
Elman W. Campbell Museum
Erland Lee (Museum) Home
Frontenac County Schools Museum
Glanmore National Historic Site
Graham Conservation
Grenville County Historical Society
Halton Region Heritage Services
Heritage London Foundation
J Steckle Heritage Homestead
Kingsville Historical Park Inc.
Lakehead Transportation Museum
Little Claybelt Homesteaders Museum
Magnetawan Heritage Centre
Marie Dressler Foundation operating as Canadian Women in Film Museum
Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston
MOCA Toronto
Museum of Dufferin
Museum of Northern History
Museum on the Boyne
Nelles Manor Museum
Oil Museum of Canada
Osgoode Township Museum
Peel Art Gallery, Museum & Archives
Proctor House Museum
Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre
Ruthven Park National Historic Site
Sault Ste. Marie Museum
Sherbrooke Museum of Nature and Science
South Grey Museum, Municipality of Grey Highlands
Stanhope Heritage Discovery Museum
The Museum of The Royal Regiment of Canada
The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum
Timmins Museum: N.E.C.
Toronto's First Post Office
Victoria Stasiuk Associates
York Region District School Board Museum & Archives
Zone Display Cases
Job Postings and Events
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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. 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.

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