For Immediate Release
November 8, 2013
Markham – On Thursday evening during the Awards of Excellence Reception at the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) annual conference Minister Michael Chan announced support through the government agency the Ontario Trillium Foundation for a three year project which will help to ensure a sustainable, vibrant and engaging museum sector.
The province-wide, bilingual museumsuccession project aims to strengthen Ontario’s not-for-profit museums through initiatives that will support members to enhance governance, increase community engagement to secure ongoing support for museums and to foster the continued development of an emerging museum professional workforce.
Programs including governance training and facilitated sessions to support museums as they continue to strengthen relationships with their communities will be delivered across the province in partnership with regional museum networks. In addition an Emerging Museum Professionals Advisory Committee is being established to represent those in the first ten years of their career. This will give them a voice at the Association, create an active network of peers and an opportunity to develop programming and activities that meet their needs.
“Ontario is proudly the home of hundreds of world-class museums that preserve and promote our rich history and heritage to visitors and residents alike. The Government of Ontario is proud to partner with Ontario’s museums through our agency the Ontario Trillium Foundation to ensure they continue to be cornerstones of our vibrant communities and showcase our unique culture as a people and as a province.”
Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
“This Ontario Trillium Foundation funding represents an important investment in the future of Ontario’s museum sector, it will strengthen museums as they work with their communities across the province, contributing to education and a healthy economy, while also fostering a vibrant workforce positioned to ensure the success of Ontario’s museums.”
Executive Director, OMA
The Ontario Museum Association is a not-for-profit member organization that builds capacity among institutions and individuals active in Ontario’s museum sector. Over the past year, ten million visitors to Ontario’s 600 community museums experienced programs and exhibitions which tell our collective story and contribute to our identity and sense of place. For more information please visit the website at: www.museumsontario.com
A leading grant-maker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities. For more information, please visit the website at: www.otf.ca
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