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Welcome MPPs back to Queen's Park
on Tuesday, Heritage Week!

Tweet HERE

Send a Letter HERE
Click here for additional background and resources including letter templates and a fact sheet
This Heritage Week (Feb 19-25), Keep $5M for CMOG on the agenda for Ontario's MPPs

On Monday, tell your local MPP why your museum offers Family Day programs or celebrates heritage and how it enriches your community! To tweet this image to to Minister of Finance Charles Sousa (@SousaCharles), and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Daiene Vernile (@DaieneVernile) AND #ONpoli, click HERE

Tell them how increased operating funding would impact you and ask for their support for the pre-budget recommendation an increase of $5M to the Community Museum Operating Grant (CMOG). 
On Tuesday, February 20th, MPPs return to Queen's Park for the first legislative sessions of 2018.

Use our template or create your own to ask your local MPP to support the request for increased operating funding. 

Click Here to tweet this image and 'Welcome Back to Queen's Park' to the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport!

Click Here to see what else you can do!
On December 4th and 5th, the OMA Council met with Eleanor McMahon, former Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and MPPs and senior staff to discuss the important ways that museums can be supported as outlined in Ontario's Museums 2025: Strategic Vision and Action Plan, a plan for excellence and renewal for the province's museum sector in service of all Ontarians. 

On December 14,2017 the OMA presented to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs as part of the 2018 pre-budget consultation process. The presentation emphasized the importance of museums in their fundamental role of strengthening dynamic communities and building a prosperous knowledge-based economy.

For more information on this request, or other ways to show your support, please click here

Click here for a list of MPPs that have already heard directly from Ontario Museums and OMA Members

Save the Date: Free Webinar!
Tips for Writing a Conference Proposal
Tuesday, February 27th, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Join Bep Schippers, Professional Development Program Manager at the OMA. for an informal session on writing conference proposals. Geared to first-time presenters, but open to all members, the webinar will provide tips to help your proposal stand out. Bring your questions!

Learn more to submit your proposal HERE.
Certificate in Museum Studies: Registration Now Open! 

Spaces are still available for Museums in Historic Buildings
(Facilities Management)
and Museums and the Community.
 For more information, click HERE.

2018-2019 Course Calendar

Inclusive Museum Leadership Symposium

Theme: LEAD   |     11:15AM - 12:00PM

Shelley Falconer, President & CEO, Art Gallery of Hamilton
Ms. Falconer's 25-year career includes national and international experience as a consultant, curator, educator and administrator. She has worked as a senior manager and consultant with a variety of important cultural/educational organizations including the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, University of Toronto, Centennial College, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Toronto District School Board, Department of Heritage, Government of Canada, Sotheby's London and Waddington Galleries, England. 
Learn More About Shelley Falconer and Other Speakers.
Register for the Inclusive Museum Leadership Symposium
About the Inclusive Museum Leadership Symposium: 
The Ontario Museum Association (OMA), Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI)  are pleased to announce that registration has opened for the Inclusive Museum Leadership Symposium. Join us as we launch our Inclusive Museum toolkit for a day of inspired talks, panel discussion, interactive exercises and facilitated conversations to explore how Ontario museums can truly become inclusive spaces, and practice inclusion and equity at every level.

Click here to see the Schedule at a Glance

This event and the Museum Inclusive Leadership Project is made possible with the generous support of the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Partnership Grant Program.

Essential Engagement:
Dialogic Interpretation

A 3 day workshop delivered by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, March 20-22

For more information on the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, click HERE

To register for Essential Engagement: Dialogic Interpretation, click HERE. 

Register for Essential Engagement: Dialogic Interpretation
This workshop is made possible with the generous support of the Government of Canada.

Bundle up and save! 

Save 40% on Registration for the Inclusive Museum Leadership Symposium when you also register for Essential Engagement: Dialogic Interpretation. The events run back to back (March 20-23, 2018) and both take place at the Ontario Science Centre

To receive this special pricing, select '2 EVENT Bundle' on the Essential Engagement: Dialogic Interpretation registration page, or click HERE
To the individuals and institutions who agreed to participate in the Diversity Census Tool (DCT) and Inclusion Survey, we are now extending the timeline to participate, in order to ensure the best results!

We will keep you posted with the new date when you receive the DCT and Inclusion Survey.

Thank you for your collaboration and support.

If you have any questions, please contact Rhiannon Myers, Project Coordinator, at, or call 415-348-8672 (toll-free 1-866-OMA-8672).

Sector News

Deadline Today! Feb 15, 2018
Young Canada Works 

Applications are currently being accepted for the YCW at Building Careers in Heritage Program (internships for recent graduates) only. The deadline for applications has been extended to February 15, 2018.

Read more HERE

Save the Date!
February 28, 2018 at 1:00 pm
Facebook Life Conversation with MPP Jennifer French

Join the Arts Advocate on Facebook for a live conversation with MPP Jennifer K. French (Oshawa) on the New Democratic Party's perspective on arts, culture, and heritage policy in Ontario.

Read more HERE.

Women's Series at Eldon House

In commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Vote for Women in Canada, Eldon House will be hosting a series of events from January to May of 2018 in partnership with “A Century for Women: Votes, Voices and Choices”, a collaborative of participants including The Women’s History Project, London Public Library, Museum London, London Heritage Council, and many more.

Read more HERE.

February 20, 2018
Ottawa Heritage Day Ceremony

Please Join CHOO-COPO for the Ottawa Heritage Day Ceremony and Heritage Showcase, February 20th 11:30 am - 2:00 pm at Ottawa City Hall - as Mayor Jim Watson, City Councillors, the Community Recreation and Cultural Programs Service and our Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa and Members embrace this year's theme Heritage Stands the Test of Time.

Read more HERE.

Summer Experience Program
Deadline: Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 5:00 PM EST

The Summer Experience Program provides funding to eligible not-for-profit organizations, municipalities, Indigenous organizations and First Nation communities in order to create meaningful summer employment opportunities for students. The summer employment positions must focus on activities supporting key sectors within the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Ministry of the Status of Women and Ministry of Seniors Affairs.

Read more HERE. 

Member News: WHAT'S ON?
Happy Family Day!
Families Go Wild at Ruthven Park: Family Day
Ruthven Park National Historic Site Event
Teddy Bear Hospital Family Day Program
Museum of Health Care at Kingston Event
Family Day Fun: Toyland at the Museum
Elman W. Campbell Museum Event
Family Fun Day
Museum of Ontario Archeology
Family Day Event
Simcoe County Museum
Family Fun Day
Whitchurch-Stoufville Museum & Community Centre
Family Heritage Day
Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre
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