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Conference Registration Opens Tomorrow! 

Get the best rate when you register before June 7th at
Last Year's Early Bird Rate! 

Members: $420 + HST
Non-Members: $520 + HST
Held in Toronto, October 24-26, Collaborating for Impact examines the idea that museums can more effectively and efficiently serve the public through the establishment of dynamic and innovative partnerships with a variety of different actors both within and outside of the sector.

Building on different examples of successful (or failed!) sectoral and non-sectoral models, Collaborating for Impact looks at the connections museums form in their communities and serves to provide a fresh approach to the role of museums in contemporary society.

Look for a special e-news, or visit the Conference Webpage to register Tomorrow

Location and Hotel

This year’s conference is at the Westin Prince, in Toronto.  Located in the beautiful green setting of the Don River Valley, the spacious Westin Prince is easily accessible by TTC and close to two of Toronto’s major arteries: Highway 401 and the Don Valley Parkway, providing access to all the excitement Toronto has to offer.

Book your room at The Westin Prince using OMA's negotiated room rate of $169.00/night (plus tax) by August 31, 2018. To book, call The Westin Prince at (416) 444-2511 and mention the OMA Annual Conference. 

Spotlight: Inclusion in Action

The Practitioner's Guide to Inclusive Museums included case studies from 10 Partner Museums. This week we are shining the spotlight on Markham Museum. 
Curating Change: Bringing Diversity to Museum Collections through Audience Insight

Focus Area: Audience Insight
Markham Museum collected audience insight through workshops designed to engage participants that are representative of the contemporary population of Markham. Workshops engaged high school students from across the city, as well as a group of post-graduate museum studies students. Information gathered in the study will help us establish guidelines and a strategy for allocating resources toward the collection today and in the future. 
The Learnings
  • The more data the better.
  • Empowering participants is crucial for gathering quality insight.
  • Keep your data collection process flexible and tailor it to the group participating.

Learn more about the work of our Museum Partners by visiting the Inclusion in Action section of Inclusion: 2025.


Advocate: Janet Reid, Curator, Markham Museum
Catalyst: Mark Scheibmayr, Assistant Curator, Markham Museum
Advisory Committee Member: Jess Mitchell, Senior manager, Research + Design, Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University
Advisory Committee Member: Cheryl Blackman, AVP Audience Development, Royal Ontario Museum

Advisory Committee Member: Jutta Treviranus, Professor and Director, Inclusive Design Research Centre
For more information about Diversity and Inclusion at the OMA, click HERE
The Museum Inclusive Leadership Project is made possible with the generous support of the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Partnership Grant Program.

Awards of Excellence 2018
Call for Nominations

Award Categories:
  • Excellence in Exhibitions
  • Excellence in Programs
  • Excellence in Community Engagement
  • Excellence in Publications
  • Excellence in Special Projects
  • Distinguished Career Award of Excellence
  • Promising Leadership Award of Excellence
  • Volunteer Service Award of Excellence
From our 2017 Awards of Excellence Winners:
Senta Ross
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (KWAG)
OMA Volunteer Service Award of Excellence
“As a charity, a lot of what KWAG does is volunteer supported. Senta is one of those volunteers we have come to rely on not only because we know she is capable, but also because she is such a wonderful representative of the art community.”
– Shirley Madill, Executive Director, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
Nomination Deadline: Friday, May 18, 2018 11:59pm
The Volunteer Service Award is presented to individuals who have made a significant contribution to a museum or museums through volunteer work. Do you know a volunteer, fellow professional, exhibition or project that deserves recognition? Nominate them today!
Submit a Nomination
Deadline to apply: May 18, 2018
Read about last year’s recipients!
If you have questions about the program or your nomination, contact Bep Schippers, Professional Development Program Manager, at

Click here to download the Awards of Excellence poster for your staff room!

International Museum Day: May 18
May is Museum Month!

Celebrate Ontario's museums during the month of May by taking part in the following promotional activities:

  • Twitter and Facebook: Publish your International Museum Day activities and events with the hashtag: #IMD2018, and tag the OMA @museumsontario
  • Invite your local VIPs, public officials and community leaders to your events. Don't forget to invite local media, send in your pictures and post them at your website
  • Use the OMA's International Museum Day 2018 wordmark and May is Museum Month wordmark on your website and publications, and forward to your local media outlets
  • Learn more about International Museum Day (IMD) by visiting the ICOM website here. You can access the IMD 2018 press release, and add your May museum event or activity to the interactive world map!

Sector News
Provincial Candidates Weigh in on Arts & Culture in Waterloo
A Culture Exchange 6.0, May 15

All local candidates in the upcoming provincial election from Kitchener and Waterloo have been invited to attend and discuss the importance of arts and culture in the Region. Members of cultural organizations and institutions will also be in attendance; the general public is also welcome. This marks the sixth Cultural Exchange event hosted by THEMUSEUM.

Admission to A Cultural Exchange 6.0 is free, with a suggested donation of $5.00. Doors open at 6:15 and the exchange begins at 7:00pm sharp. This is a licensed event. 

For further details please contact:
David Marskell, CEO at THEMUSEUM                           

Changing Perceptions: The Evolving Role of Museums
May 9

Held in advance of International Museums Day, this event explores the changing identity and role of museums in a rapidly transforming world. Michael Peter Edson of the newly emerging Museum of the United Nations talks about his experience with the social mission of museums in the international global space, and what happens when institutions commit to breaking down stereotypes and building bridges.

Read more HERE

Museum Week
In Review

The participation was high [+5000 participants from +100 countries] and you answered to the theme of “life in society” with various different and interesting angles, you will find some top content in the following video but you might prefer to have look at some Twitter Moments for more posts!

Read more HERE

Identifying the Language of your Organization
Webinar, May 15

The language your organization uses is key to telling a cohesive, impactful story. Language touches every part of your organization from exhibits to external communications. By identifying your language, you can better tell your story and focus your message. In this webinar, you will learn hands-on techniques and tools to identify the language that makes your organization unique and create a dictionary to use in all your communication projects!

Read more HERE

Museum International is now available online!

The latest edition of ICOM’s peer-reviewed journal, Museum International, dedicated to the theme Museums and Public Policy, is now available online. 

ICOM members can enjoy full access to this issue through their personal member space on ICOMMUNITY.

Read more HERE

Call for Papers for ICOM Maizuru Meeting 2018

Rapid political, economic and social changes have made the role that cultural heritage and museums play in building a better future increasingly important. Each museum is unique, yet it is essential for museums and cultural heritage sites to cooperate in order to demonstrate the value of their existence by constructing networks that engage with local, domestic and international societies. It is only in this way that they may fulfill in its entirely multiple responsibilities in social endeavors. With the theme “Museums as Cultural Hubs: the Future of Tradition”, ICOM Kyoto 2019 General Conference aims to provide a forum for considering how museums can be hubs to create a richer future whilst respecting the traditions of the past.

Read more HERE

Member News: WHAT'S ON?
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