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  • 27 Sep 2017 10:51 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)
    Here are the slides from Dr. Martin Storksdieck keynote, which he delivered at the 2017 Annual Conference in Astoria:

    Keynote Slides

  • 18 Sep 2017 9:11 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    MuseumNext has led to collaborations that span the globe, and the influence of our passionate community can be seen in action in museums around the world. From Rio de Janeiro to Melbourne, from Cape Town to Singapore and New York to Copenhagen, our passionate community is shaping the future of museums.

    This fall MuseumNext is coming to Portland! 

    With presentations from:

    • Dr Amber Johnson, Founder, The Justice Fleet
    • Mike Murawski, Director of Education & Public Programs and Stephanie Parrish, Associate Director of Education, Portland Art Museum
    • Nancy Proctor, Director, Peale Centre for Baltimore History and Architecture
    • Cindy Foley, Executive Deputy Director for Learning and Experience, Columbus Museum of Art
    • Sarah Campbell, Head of Learning Programmes, Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A)
    • Seems Rao, Principal, Brilliant Idea Studio
    • Camille Gajewski, Digital Producer, Tate Exchange, Tate
    • Amina Krvavac, Executive Director, War Childhood Museum
    • Jon Moscone, Chief of Civic Engagement, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 

    The event takes place between 2 - 4 October with an opening day itinerary of museum visits, tech talks, tours and workshops; with the main conference program taking place on Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 October at the Portland Art Museum.

    Take a look at the full


    There will be two evening social events and the opportunity for lots of networking with fellow delegates throughout the three days.

    Tickets are available here:

    Portland Art Museum

    Sunken Ballroom, Mark Building

    1219 SW Park Avenue

    Portland, Oregon 97205 

  • 08 Aug 2017 4:29 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Lane County Historical Museum is interested in divesting itself of the first in a series of old mercantile display cases- 8 ft long, 30 inches wide, and 8 ft tall, meant to be attached to a wall, but presently free standing. The plate glass window in front is a single, heavy piece, raised and lowered for access. Drawers below, display above. Photos available on inquiry;

  • 22 Jun 2017 9:41 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)
    The latest Arts & Economic Prosperity study from Americans for the Arts was released on June 17 at the group’s national conference in San Francisco. Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 includes first-time data from rural Oregon.

    The study shows Oregon’s arts and culture sector contributed $687 million and 22,299 jobs to Oregon’s economy in fiscal year 2015, and that arts and culture jobs across Oregon generated $469.5 million in household income to local residents and delivered $53 million in local and state government revenue. In addition, the 9,911,552 people who attended arts and culture events spent an average of $42.59 per event excluding the cost of a ticket. Event spending, which totaled $322,956,808, includes meals, parking, souvenirs, babysitting and hotel stays. 

    A PDF of the study is available for download on the Oregon Arts Commission website. 

  • 22 Jun 2017 9:36 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Over the next several weeks the Creating Connection initiative is traveling Oregon to offer four workshops focusing on some of the most difficult work undertaken by arts and culture organizations: attracting new audiences, retaining existing audiences, and staying connected with communities. 

    RSVP soon for one of the following sessions: 

    • June 27: Klamath Falls
    • June 30: The Dalles
    • July 10: Salem
    • July 13: Astoria

    Creating Connection is co-led by Arts Midwest and Metropolitan Group in collaboration with a committed group of state and local arts agencies, arts and culture institutions, arts service organizations, working artists, arts educators, and others. Learn more about our project leaders and participants in Oregon; San Jose, California; and Massachusetts, and the incredible funders who are making this work possible.

  • 19 Jun 2017 3:09 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Interested in supporting the success of Oregon's museum community? Consider getting involved! OMA's Board of Directors is seeking one new Director to serve a 3-year term starting in September 2017. 

    OMA's mission is to provide professional development and networking opportunities to build the capacity of Oregon's museums. Offering learning opportunities through regional workshops, an annual conference, newsletters and web-based communications, OMA helps to foster and connect industry professionals with practical resources to support the success of all Oregon museums. 

    If you have the skills, knowledge, and time to help serve as an advocate for Oregon museums, we want to hear from you! To qualify, you must be an Individual Member or representative of an Institutional and Corporate Member in good standing. 

    Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter outlining any relevant experience and why they want to be a part of OMA to by August 31.

  • 24 May 2017 2:49 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Spring 2017 Heritage Tourism Workshops:

    Succeeding with Heritage Tourism: Market Information, resources, and Ideas for Attracting More Visitors through Creative Collaboration
    Ontario – June 7, 8:30-12:30, Four Rivers Cultural Center
    Roseburg – June 15, 8:30-12:30, Jasmine’s Events Center

    Preliminary Agenda

    This workshop is brought to you by the Oregon Heritage Commission, with funds donated by Oregonians to the Oregon Cultural Trust. 

  • 15 May 2017 2:20 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    The Elisabeth Walton Potter Oregon Heritage Preservation Scholarship provides financial assistance for Oregon residents to attend a preservation-related conference, workshop, or training in the United States. Eligible travel expenses include registration fees, transportation, lodging, and meals. Scholarships are offered to those actively involved in local preservation efforts and who demonstrate how attendance at a preservation-related conference, workshop, or training will help meet the preservation needs of their local community. Scholarships are competitive and offered twice per year. 
    2017 Application Deadlines 
    Next deadline: June 2, 2017

    Visit the Oregon Heritage website to complete the application. 

    Katie Henry
    Phone: (503) 986-0671

  • 21 Mar 2017 1:20 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    The Oregon Museums Association is dedicated to supporting museums across the state. Founded in 1978, OMA provides resources and services to over 200 museums, cultural institutions, and professionals. We believe that museums are valuable cultural resources and vital community assets.

    From Ontario to Astoria, federal agencies like the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) are catalysts for positive change and growth. From 2014-2016, the NEA, NEH, and IMLS collectively granted more than $3.1 million directly to museums in Oregon. Additional funding to other Oregon agencies includes $2 million to Oregon Humanities and $2.2 million to the Oregon Arts Commission, some of which was re-granted to Oregon museums.

    Museums play a vital role in the lives of all Oregonians. Thanks to an IMLS grant, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation updated their permanent exhibition at the Tamastslikt Cultural Center to bring a modern lens to the lifeways and contributions of local indigenous peoples. With a NEA grant, the Schneider Museum of Art hosted In Sight, Insight, Incite, which brought a series of artist lectures, conversations, and demonstrations to the Southern Oregon University museum. A NEH grant enabled the Jordan Schnitzer Museum to showcase America’s diverse history and traditions by preserving objects such as their contemporary Mexican photographic prints and pieces by mid-century American graphic illustrator Rolf Klep.

    Cultural funding is essential. As the Oregon Museums Association Board of Directors, we have unanimously voted to release this statement in support of our partner agencies. Museums matter, and OMA will continue to advocate for the safeguarding of our state’s vibrant museum community.

    The Oregon Museums Association Board of Directors

  • 14 Mar 2017 1:58 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    This month the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) released TrendsWatch 2017, an annual report that summarizes museum trends identified through research conducted by the Center for the Future of Museums (CFM). Widely regarded as a key resource for the museum field, the sixth edition of TrendsWatch is free to the public and available for download online.

    “The year 2017 may well be shaped as strongly by events as it is by trends,” said CFM Founding Director Elizabeth Merritt. “For example, you can’t read about mass migration without reflecting on how the Greek economic crisis, military and terrorist actions by the Islamic State, and Britain’s vote to leave the European Union have and will influence the movement of people across the world. Even small actions can create huge ripple effects through time.”

    The 2017 trends include:

    • A Mile in My Shoes: closing the empathy deficit
    • Let Justice Roll Down: the next horizon of civil rights
    • The Rise of the Intelligent Machine
    • Reshaping the World: migration, refugees, and forced displacement
    • Failing Toward Success: the ascendance of agile design

    TrendsWatch 2017 is brimming with museum examples of these trends:

    • The Empathy Museum in the United Kingdom lets visitors literally walk a mile in another person’s shoes while listening to an audio narrative of that person’s life. 
    • The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) introduced a “failure-friendly” approach to project management that included rapid iteration and direct public engagement throughout the design process.
    • In Williamstown, MA, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institutepartnered with the juvenile court system to offer an alternative sentencing program for high school students that included group meetings with writing and self-awareness exercises, gallery talks, and the use of art as a catalyst for examining their lives and their potential.
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