Will visitors return to in-person?

Apr 28, 2022

Ontario's Budget 2022 is expected to be released today, April 28, after 4pm.
Watch the live video from Ontario's Legislature HERE.
At the OMA
Celebrate Volunteers who inspire 
#OMAAwards2022 #PrixOMA2022
Last year Katharine Bourgon was awarded the Volunteer Service Award of Excellence for her work at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery organizing and cataloguing the Gallery’s exhibition files.

Museums are made stronger by their volunteers. Do you know a volunteer like Katharine that you want to acknowledge? Nominate your colleagues or yourself for an OMA Award of Excellence by May 20!

Please email your nomination, and any questions you may have, to Mary Collier, Professional Development Program Manager at pd@museumsontario.ca.
Read more about the nomination process HERE.
The Digital Strategy -
Intention through Application

Registration Now Open!
Free Webinar
Tomorrow, Friday, April 29, 2022
1:00 pm ET

With the vastly expanding world of technology, museums must be intentional in how they interact in the digital realm. As much as museums would like to do it all, it’s just not practical (or possible!). A strong digital strategy can help guide museums and help them prioritize their efforts and use their limited time and resources on initiatives that serve them and their communities best.

In this webinar, digital media expert Corey Timpson will introduce participants to digital strategy – what it is, why you need one, and how to use it. Corey will be joined by Mary-Katherine Whelan, Curator at the Amherstburg Freedom Museum, to help us think about the practical aspects of digital strategy for small museums. Participants will leave the webinar with a checklist to help them get started on their own museum digital strategy.

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

The webinar will be held on Zoom.

There's still time to sign up! 
Find out how HERE.
This webinar is a part of the Small Bytes initiative. 

Small Bytes: Supporting Digitization in Ontario’s Smaller and Rural Museums is an initiative of the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage.

With this initiative, the Ontario Museum Association will provide accessible, high-quality online training opportunities to build the digital capacity and skills of Ontario’s smaller and rural museums, to increase accessibility to their collections through digital initiatives. 

Find out more about the initiative HERE.
Congratulations to Janis Monture!
2022 Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers Recipient
The OMA congratulates Janis Monture, OMA volunteer and Council member, on receiving the 2022 Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers as an active member of the Six Nations of the Grand River community, serving on the executive boards of numerous foundations dedicated to promoting and protecting Indigenous heritage in the Greater Toronto Area, as an avid promoter of Indigenous arts, and volunteering with the Kaha:wi Dance Theatre and Planet IndigenUS.

The medal recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields and pays tribute to the dedication and commitment of volunteers. They embody the caring country we aspire to build.
The medal was presented to 23 recipients by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, in a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on April 21.

Read more about the other recipients HERE
Find out more about the Medal and nominations HERE
Members in the News 
Records Of 91 Year Old “Women’s Only” Book Club Donated To Kawartha Lakes Museum And Archives
New fossil on display at ROM predates dinosaurs and was discovered near Orillia
PumpHouse Museum Opens with New Exhibition
Lang Pioneer Village Museum exhibit explores settlers’ impact on local Indigenous communities
External Resources
Webinar Recording:
Highlights from the latest ART Survey

Business / Arts
Business / Arts, Nanos Research and the National Arts Centre continue to gauge Canadians’ attitudes about returning to the arts through the Arts Response Tracking Survey (ARTS). Business / Arts has released the ninth iteration of ARTS, with data collected from over 1,000 Canadians in late February 2022. 

To share highlights from this report B /A has invited Nik Nanos, Chief Data Scientist and Founder of Nanos Research to do a walk-through of the findings. This overview addresses how the Omicron variant has impacted the current trend of audiences returning to in-person arts and culture events, how audiences may feel about the removal of mask mandates as well as the top benefits of attending arts and culture events throughout the pandemic.

Watch the highlights HERE.
Download the slides HERE.
Webinar Recording: 
Who Can Experience my Posts?
An Accessibility Guide to
Everyday Social Media 

Culture Days
How can I get past the “I’m afraid I’ll get it wrong” phase and start incorporating accessibility tools into my social media practices?

During this one-hour presentation, demo, and Q&A with artist, communications specialist, and accessible designer, Yasmeen Nematt Alla, shared some basic do’s and dont’s of online accessibility. By guiding us through some of the accessibility tools social media platforms provide, arts workers, artists, and organizers learned how to start incorporating these tools into their daily communication practices. 

Watch the recording HERE.
Reimagining Governance: Board Essentials
Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN)

Reimagining Governance is a collaborative initiative between ONN and Ignite NPS with the goal to provoke a shift in how we talk about and do governance in nonprofit organizations so they’re better positioned for our futures. This initiative is creating different kinds of pathways for organizations to design their governance based on their unique circumstances.
Board Essentials kick-starts a conversation about how to share governance decision-making more broadly, enabling more voices to be included. It identifies the responsibilities that must be met by the board based on the legal and regulatory requirements so there is a clearer understanding about what can be shared or delegated, and what can be done by others.
Download the document HERE.
Webinar Recording: 
Reconciliation in Heritage
National Trust for Canada

In the seven years since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its final report and 94 Calls to Action, Canadians have been tasked with implementing the necessary change. But what does reconciliation actually mean for the heritage sector? In this focused discussion, the presenter Miranda Jimmy considers the work of reconciliation by discussing the impacts on the sector and practical ways in which heritage work could be transformed.
Watch the recording HERE.
Self-paced online courses 
Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) and
Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN)

The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) and the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) are excited to share two new FREE self-paced online courses in collaboration with Athabasca University: “Museum Collections Documentation and Data Cleaning” and “Preservation Housekeeping for Heritage Sites and Small Museums.”

Museum Collections Documentation and Data Cleaning
  • This course provides essential museum documentation information for museum staff with all levels of knowledge. It begins with an introductory overview and ends with specific documentation issues. Learners can take the modules in order or choose a module or two that fits their needs.
Read more and register HERE.
Preservation Housekeeping for Heritage Sites and Small Museums
  • This course covers guidelines, best practices and resources for the regular upkeep of historic interiors and exteriors as well as the contents of historic buildings. This one- to two-hour self-paced course has been designed for those who work or volunteer in small museums or heritage sites and who have little to no training in conservation.
Read more and register HERE.

Find out more about the CCI and CHIN courses HERE
I4DM (The Definitional Matrix)
The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples
in Canada (The Circle)
The Definitional Matrix now I4DM has been revised! It identifies four categories (Indigenous benefiting, Indigenous informed, Indigenous Partnerships and Indigenous-led) for organizations and is meant to be a guidepost for conversation, consideration, and sense-making.

​Any use of, or reference to, the I4DM must credit its original source: The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada (2022).

Download the resource HERE.
Webinar Recording:
Approaching Collections That Evoke Trauma

Connecting to Collections Care, 
Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC)
As caretakers of diverse collections small and mid-sized institutions often find themselves dealing with emotional ramifications of managing cultural objects that can evoke a traumatic response in our audiences, communities, and staff. In this webinar you will hear speakers present on how their institutions dealt with the acquisition, terminology, and community reactions to these types of objects.

  • Reneé S. Anderson, Ph.D., Collections Manager Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture Focusing on special projects
  • Bonnie Clark, Professor in the University of Denver’s Anthropology Department
  • Lydia Four Horns, Arts Consultant 
Read more and watch the webinar recording HERE.
TrendsWatch: Museums as Community Infrastructure (2022)
American Alliance of Museums

This edition of the Alliance’s annual forecasting report makes the case that museums are vital public infrastructure, by virtue of their contributions to five pillars of community strength and resilience:
  • Education for our children
  • Livable communities for our elders
  • Mental health
  • Emergency response in the face of disasters
  • A human-centered culture of sustainability
Read more HERE.
boardlink: Now Accepting Submissions
Business / Arts
Business / Arts is currently inviting arts, culture and heritage organizations to post their open positions on boardlink.

boardlink is a national program that matches professionals with arts organizations to fill volunteer board and committee roles across Canada. Through the online portal, arts organizations can advertise their open positions and connect with business professionals looking to get involved in the arts. Along with posting your open positions on our online portal, we will share your information across our social media channels, exposing your listing to a national audience.

Read more HERE.
OMA Job Board
Curator / Collections Manager 
Community Waterfront Heritage Centre

April 28
$30.00 / hour
Read more HERE.
Outreach and Fundraising Officer
Victoria County Historical Society

April 29
$43,750 / year
Read more HERE.
Assistant Curator
Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site

May 2
$19.53 / hour
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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