Updated CMS Calendar

Apr 15, 2021
Need to Know
Certificate in Museum Studies Course Updates

New online format and date

Online: May 31 – August 8, 2021
Registration opens April 21, 2021
Course Director: Cindy Colford, Manitoba Museum

Organization & Management of Museums
New Date

Online: October 4 – December 10, 2021
Registration opens July 26, 2021
Course Director: TBC

For the full updated schedule, CLICK HERE.

The safety of participants and instructors is our highest priority and the OMA continues to monitor public health advisories. Dates, locations, and formats are subject to change.

Questions about the CMS Program? Email pd@museumsontario.ca
Funding Opportunities
OMA Professional Development
Join the Certificate in Museum Studies Faculty for 2021!

The Ontario Museum Association is seeking a Course Director for its Certificate in Museum Studies course Organization & Management of Museums for delivery in the April  2021 to March 2022 fiscal year. The course is scheduled to be delivered online October 4 – December 10, 2021.

Details concerning course curricula and/or student and Course Director expectations may be obtained from the OMA Professional Development Program Manager Mary Collier at pd@museumsontario.ca. View the posting on our job board HERE.
We invite expressions of interest from qualified persons by May 5, 2021. Please include Curriculum Vitae and a cover letter directed to:
Mary Collier
Professional Development Program Manager
Job Opportunity: Membership Assistant (YCW)

The OMA is seeking a Membership Assistant to improve OMA resources to better serve the needs of its membership, as well as identifying and reaching out to museums not currently part of the OMA membership. The Membership Assistant will support the work of the Membership Coordinator by liaising with Ontario museum professionals, assisting with membership campaigns, updating the membership database, providing customer service and support through email and phone, contacting membership prospects, and updating print and online resources to communicate more effectively with the OMA’s francophone members. Candidates for this position must meet the eligibility criteria for the Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages program.

Please send a personalized cover letter and resume by May 2, 2021, to the Membership and Administration Coordinator at membership@museumsontario.ca.

OMA members can read more on the Job Board HERE.
WorkInCulture Marketing Masterclass:
Needs Assessment Survey
Deadline: Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Through generous support from Canadian Heritage, WorkInCulture, working closely with a curriculum consultant and marketing specialist, will develop a marketing incubator program for arts & heritage organizations that will be delivered as a blended learning experience (combining both online resources and in-person training). To design programming that suits the needs of future participants, we have created a Needs Assessment SurveyThe Program will be piloted in Toronto, Kingston, and Ottawa.

Complete the Needs Assessment Survey HERE. 
Read more about the project HERE.
Upcoming OMA Dates
April 21: Registration Opens: CMS: Artifacts. Register HERE

May 3: Start Date: CMS: Museums in Context

May 31: Start Date: CMS: Artifacts

June 2: Registration Opens: CMS: Museums & the Community. Register HERE.
Other PD Opportunities
Info Session: Canada Historic Places Days
National Trust for Canada

April 15, 2021
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM ET

Find out how Canada Historic Places Days can boost attendance and awareness of historic places in your province/territory/city. Plan for your 2021 summer season by joining us to hear the latest about Canada Historic Places Days 2021 running from July 3 through July 31st. Find out how to take advantage of this visitation/awareness program that reaches 4.6 million Canadians, now in its fifth year.

Register to find out more
Session #1 - Thursday April 15 at 12:15pm ET
Session #2 - Wednesday May 5th at 12:15pm ET

Read more about #HistoricPlacesDays HERE.
Upcoming Events: International Day
for Monuments and Sites

From April 15 – 21, ICOMOS Canada, in partnership with Parks Canada and CCUNESCO, is coordinating a series of events for the 2021 edition of the International Day for Monuments Sites and World Heritage Day. The theme for this year is “Complex Pasts: Diverse Futures.”

Thursday, April 15

ICOMOS Canada Wood Committee Monthly Zoom Talk with Dr. Cecil Chabot (English Only)
For registration, please email secretariat@canada.icomos.org.

Sunday, April 18 to Wednesday, April 21
#ComplexPast Canada Twitter Chat

Monday, April 19
1:00 p.m.

Roundtable on invisible heritage with Héritage Montréal (French only)

Tuesday, April 20

Emerging Professionals 5 to 7 (bilingual)

Wednesday, April 21

World Heritage & Contested Memories: What do communities value? (bilingual)

Read more HERE.

CAGE Professional Development Speaker Series: Spring 2021

April 20, 1:00 PM ET
Qaumajuq: The New Inuit Art and Culture Campus
Join Rachel Baerg, Head of Learning & Programs at the Winnipeg Art Gallery to explore the new light-filled spaces of Qaumajuq (“it is bright, it is lit”), an innovative new museum and 185,000 square-foot cultural campus dedicated to Inuit art and culture. Learn about the Gallery’s commitment to reconciliation, education, and cultural training programs that will enable people from North and South Canada, and around the globe, to meet, learn, and work together. As junior chair of the 2020/21 CAGE executive, Rachel will specifically speak to the evolving and ever-expanding role of the Gallery Art Educator to curate a wide spectrum of dynamic learning spaces in and outside the art museum.

May 20, 1:00 PM ET
Live from the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia: Virtual School Programs

June 16, 1:00 PM ET
A Curator of Education’s Guide to Institutional Transformation: Provisional Structures: Carmen Papalia with Vo Vo

Read more about the Speaker Series and register HERE.
Trauma-Informed Strategies for De-escalation
Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries & Historic Sites

It can be overwhelming and challenging to respond and react appropriately when people are in a heightened emotional state. This workshop teaches least intrusive, preventative de-escalation approaches from a trauma-informed perspective. Participants will learn about Trauma and Violence Informed Care (TVIC) principles and how they can be used towards prevention.

Read more and register HERE.
Webinar Series: The Fundamentals of a Sustainable Nonprofit

April 28th, 2021 at 12PM EST
#2 – Re-Thinking Revenue
Speakers: Neil Cooper, Joel Peters, Ellis Katsof

May 12th, 2021 at 12PM EST
#3 – Operations Management
Speakers: Margaret Bawden

June 2nd, 2021 at 12PM EST
#4 – Virtual Performance
Speakers: Michael Dick, Jane Farris

June 16th, 2021 at 12PM EST
#5 – Governance
Speakers: Richard Onley

Read more about the Speaker Series and register HERE.
BIPOC Fellowship

In 2020 Karen Carter co-founder of Black Artists’ Networks in Dialogue and Gail Lord, President of Lord Cultural Resources met to envision that inclusive future—and the idea of “The BIPOC Fellowship” was born.  

The concept of the BIPOC Fellowship is twofold: to help fund leadership positions for BIPOC professionals in the Gallery, Library, Arts and Museum (GLAM) sectors; and to provide an effective mentorship program for both the fellows and their employer institutions as together they chart new ground.

Fellowships will launch in Autumn 2021. Learn more and join the mailing list HERE.
Even More PD Opportunities!

April 13 - July 6: LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT Virtual Consultative Sessions from ArtsBuildOntario. Register HERE.

April 15: Technical Workshop: Intro to Digital Accessibility and Inclusion by Museum Learning Hub. Register HERE.

April 21: Webinar: Navigating the Digital Terrain of School and Family Programs from the LLME Speaker Series. Register HERE.

April 22: Webinar: Project Management in Museums: Herding Cats and Other Skills by The National EMP Network. Register HERE.

April 26: Webinar: Digital Fundraising Fundamentals: Manageable Strategies that can Drive Results by Pillar Nonprofit Network. Register HERE.

April 28: Webinar: Better Together - Successful Partnerships of Historic Sites by National Trust for Canada. Register HERE.

April 28: Webinar: Culture, Collaboration, and Choice: A Values Approach by the Tamarack Institute. Register 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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Executive Director
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