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Ontario Museum Association and the Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa present Emerging Cultural Professionals Conference
March 21, 2015
Register online now!

The Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa presents the Emerging Cultural Professionals Conference (ECPC), a one day bilingual conference for post-secondary students and young adults who are interested in pursuing and advancing a career in the culture and heritage sector.  ECPC will take place on Saturday March 21, from 9:00 AM until 5:30 PM at Ottawa City Hall. Download Schedule Here

Kick Start Your Cultural Career! Register now!

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Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) One-day Conference:
RE-ORG Ontario – Adventures in Storage Reorganization

Date: March 27, 2015
Location: Market Square Mall, 1 Market Street, Brantford, Ontario N3T 6C8
Who can register: This event is open to all. There is a limit of 30 registrants.
Register now (Registration deadline: March 2, 2015)
Cost: $150 (includes HST)

Recognizing that providing adequate storage has become one of the main challenges of running a museum, the aim of this conference is twofold:

  • to share the progress of the six Ontario museums participating in the
    RE-ORG Canada program, CCI’s latest training initiative for storage reorganization, and of the RE-ORG Southeast Europe program; and
  • to explore practical lessons learned from museums that have been involved in storage upgrade or reorganization projects of different scales.

It is by having honest discussions about the challenges we face that we may shed some light on solutions going forward. More Information

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Other Learning Opportunities

American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) presents Two Webinars on Volunteer Management

Build the Best Volunteer Staff You Can With AASLH's Online Training in Volunteer Management

Are You Ready For Volunteers?

- March 17, 2015
- 3-4:15 pm Eastern Time
- $40 members/$115 nonmembers

Many volunteer programs have existed with little or no formal processes and assessments in place. Often, there is no paid staff member who manages the volunteer program. The result is that the programs are often not well run, translating into high volunteer turnover, anemic buy-in from the organization's management and staff, and ultimately, low program success. This webinar will address how to plan for a volunteer program at your history organization or how to improve the program that you currently have.

Developing A Successful Volunteer Recruitment Program

- March 26, 2015
- 3-4:15 pm Eastern Time
- Cost: $40 members/$115 nonmembers

We know having volunteers in the wings who can give eight hours a day is no longer the case. Recruitment is a process that enables the selection of the right people for the right task. Recruitment is understanding the environment where people want to volunteer. That is what this webinar is about, so sign up now.

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Artsbuild Ontario presents LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT: Province- wide workshops for nonprofits managing facilities - Chatham-Kent
Date: March 23-24, 2015
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LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT is the first province-wide workshop designed to help nonprofit arts, culture, heritage, faith and community organizations – including theatres, performing arts and community centres, museums, galleries, libraries and places of worship – gain knowledge and skills around building, managing and financing the facilities you have and need,  and winning community support for your projects.

Presented in a participatory manner, LEARN IT | BUILD IT | MANAGE IT offers four in-depth, half-day modules, each led by a recognized topic expert who will walk you through case studies, exercises and relevant examples and let you share experiences, questions, and ideas.

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University of Leicester launches first museum studies Massive Open Online Course (Mooc)

The University of Leicester has unveiled the world’s first museum studies Massive Open Online Course (Mooc) in partnership with National Museums Liverpool (NML).

Moocs are online courses aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. The Behind the Scenes at the 21st Century Museum Mooc, developed by Leicester’s School of Museum Studies and NML, will comprise a six-week course of two hours a week. People can sign up from today and the course starts on June 1, 2015.

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OMA News

We have new emails!!

If you have received emails from OMA staff in the past week, you may have noticed that we now have a new email domain

We are hoping that with this change, we will have solved any and all issues that we have been experiencing with our emails as of late. All emails to the old email domain ( will be forwarded to our new accounts.

Update your mailbox contacts!

Please update your Contact list with our new emails - and note any new emails for staff.

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New on the Member Resources Page

Scroll Down to the Human Resources Section
- Sample job descriptions from the Town of Lincoln and the Backus-Page House Museum and Tyrconnell Heritage Society.
- Additional resources for creating job descriptions can be found in that section as well

Not New but Still Great!

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- The McMichael Canadian Art Collection's The Art of Inclusion: A Guide to Developing and Delivering Accessible and Inclusive Programs within Arts and Cultural Organizations - as profiled at the OMA 2014 Annual Conference and the Centennial College 2015 Making Culture Matter Symposium - Powerpoint Presentation from the OMA 2014 Annual Conference is available online.

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Forwarding by special arrangement with The Arts Advocate.

The Arts Advocate Report

After a quiet start to the new year, there have been a number of developments in the world of cultural policy: Federally, the NDP and the Liberals are laying out cultural planks of their platforms. The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage just announced two new studies, one focussed on the film industry, the other on dance. The Canada Council for the Arts has announced a major re-think and redesign of its funding approach and programs. In Ontario, the Ontario Media Development Corporation announced a new Collaboration and Innovation Fund at Digital Dialogues, its annual gathering of its diverse stakeholders held in January.

Continue reading The Arts Advocate Report Volume XXI Issue 1

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Conference 2015: Re-Defining Borders

Call for Proposals Deadline extended to March 13, 2015 (that's tomorrow! Get your proposals submitted by 5pm)

Submit your proposal online via Survey Monkey.

Call for Proposals: This year, in the dynamic border city of Windsor, Ontario, the conference will focus on the theme of Re-Defining Borders.

Borders can define us. Whether geo-political, cultural, or institutional, whether real or imagined, borders delineate where we start and where we end. But who gets to draw those lines and what do they really mean for museums and the work that we do? It’s time to talk about the borders that contain us: those that we stay within and those that we dare to cross.

The OMA invites proposals for conference sessions on the theme of Re-Defining Borders. You may explore some of the following topics or others that inspire you:

  • Working in borderlands - national, provincial, linguistic, cultural, professional
  • Partnerships with non-museums - the good and the bad
  • Adaptive re-use - collections, architecture, ideas
  • Re-defining the boundaries of “museum work”
  • Cohabitation and shared infrastructure
  • Culture clashes/collaborations - encounters with the “other”
  • Re-defining public value - seeking meaningful metrics

As always, proposals are welcome for sessions that address the theme and that explore new and exciting ideas, keeping in mind the breadth and depth of the cultural sector. Please submit your proposal online via Survey Monkey.

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Looking Ahead Initiative

Your survey input needed!

In light of recently released CMOG requirements and ongoing discussion with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport to build up Ontario’s museum sector, the OMA Looking Ahead Initiative Institutional Survey information is very important to the continued discussion on Ontario’s museums. Please submit your survey, we need your information to create a comprehensive profile of Ontario’s museum sector.

Looking Ahead:  It’s not too late for your contribution!

The OMA appreciates your time and contribution to develop a more comprehensive profile of all Ontario museums to demonstrate current activities, sector health, as well as to economic and sociocultural impact of museums on provincial life. We are continuing to collect and gather information from the Institutional Survey, if you have not yet completed yours,  if you would like help or have any questions, didn’t receive a survey, or would like to submit your survey please call OMA staff, Joshua Lichty toll-free in Ontario: 1-866-662-8672 or 416-348-8672 or by email.

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400 years of French Presence in Ontario

  Ontario 400
Peter Armstrong and Marie Lalonde at a meeting of the provincial committee for the 400th Anniversary of French presence in Ontario, in Ottawa with reproduction of Astrolabe.

La série documentaire: Le rêve de Champlain - 16 Mars

Navigateur, cartographe, écrivain, ethnologue, botaniste, explorateur, Samuel de Champlain a marqué l’histoire du Canada par son humanisme et sa vision. Composés d’explorations documentaires et de reconstitutions historiques, la série Le rêve de Champlain plonge dans la vie trépidante de l’explorateur et nous entraîne dans un univers rempli de défis et de découvertes. Dès mars 2015 sur les ondes de TFO.

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Member News

Pauline Johnson, Dr. Emily Stowe and Adelaide Hunter Hoodless celebrated

Three area women who faced adversity, prejudice and huge societal challenges in the late 1800s were celebrated on International Women's Day on Sunday.

Poet and performer Pauline Johnson, doctor and suffragette Emily Stowe and educator and reformer Adelaide Hunter Hoodless were honoured for the changes they pushed on a male-dominated society.
International Women's Day was observed Sunday at the Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead, near St. George, by honouring the historically significance of three local women. Heather George (left), cultural co-ordinator at the Chiefswood National Historic Site, portrays Pauline Johnson, while homestead exhibit director Jackie Shute portrays Dr. Emily Stowe and board member Ellan Riddle poses as Adelaide Hunter Hoodless. (Image courtesy of The Expositor)

"These three shared a  ...  strong sense of determination," said amateur historian Deward Yates, who delivered a short lecture on the women's lives Sunday afternoon at the Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead, near St. George.

Yates said that the key to success for the women was an opportunity for education.

With her mixed European and native heritage, Johnson enjoyed a fine education. Hunter Hoodless grew up near a good school and, as the youngest child in her family, was sent to finishing school.

And Stowe, who taught school and was a principal in Brantford, fought to get into medical school. Stowe went on to establish a thriving medical practice despite being denied a licence. In 1880, the regulators finally caved and recognized her as a doctor.

It was her daughter who went on three years later to become the first woman in Canada to graduate from a medical school. Read more,,,

From Grey Matter, Newsletter for Grey Roots Museum & Archives: Update - Mariner's Compass Quilt - by Sim Salata, Collections

Things are ticking along in collections and we are finally at a stage where we are able to tackle a few projects that have long been on the back burner, waiting for a time when we had adequate (human) resources and other more pressing issues were complete.

Currently, Janet Price is restoring Grey Roots' Mariner's Compass quilt which was made by Anne Sutherland in 1860. The Sutherlands emigrated from Sutherlandshire (northern) Scotland in 1841, and settled in Sydenham Township, Grey County. The design for this quilt was copied from a pattern in an 1860 book. It was last owned by M. Elizabeth Locke of Owen Sound, Anne Sutherland's great niece.

When it was donated to the museum in 1965, the quilt was in very good conidition, except that all 28 of the brown appliqued pieces were missing; but, there were remnants of the brown-coloured material along the appliqued edges, and the quilting, originally on top of the brown appliques, was still in place. This leads us to believe that these pieces were not removed, but rather that a destructive chemical in the dye used to colour these pieces of material disintegrated the cotton over time, leaving only the ground of the quilt and blanks in the compass pattern.

Read more in Grey Matter, Spring 2015, available online

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Job Postings

A few of the job postings currently available at the OMA Website:

Art Gallery of Mississauga, Deadline: March 16, 2015

Museum Village Supervisor
Scugog Shores Museums, Deadline: Mar 27, 2015

For more job postings, check out the OMA job board.

Have a paid or volunteer position to fill? Don't forget to advertise at the OMA Website and reach your audience -

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