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Photo: Kathleen Daly, recipient of the annual OMA member recognition award, and her mother, at the 2019 Annual Conference.

OMA currently offers its members:

OMA cancellation and refund policy

OMA is a small nonprofit organization that relies on membership and event fees to cover our operating costs. Cancellation must be made at least 2 days, or 48 hours, before the event in order to receive a refund.

    • 31 May 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Online - Zoom info will be sent via email after you RSVP
    Register

    Dive into the nuances of HR compliance tailored for small museums! Join our upcoming webinar where two industry experts will guide you through the maze of regulations and best practices, ensuring your museum remains legally sound and employee-friendly. The presenters will help you navigate how to craft effective policies for your unique environment and discuss labor laws including unionized workplaces. 

    Presenters: Janice Crane, Executive Director at the Friends of the Cascade Locks Historical Museum and OMA Board Member

    Ramona Reule, Human Resources Manager at the Oregon Historical Society

    Learn about our new sliding scale registration rate here.

    • 13 Jun 2024
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Wayfinder Beer, 304 SE 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97214
    Register

    Meet your colleagues for casual networking at Wayfinder Beer!

    Host: Melony Beaird, Director of Events at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI).

    Cost: Free



    • 20 Jun 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Online - Zoom info will be sent via email after you RSVP
    Register

    Welcoming all emerging museum professionals, focusing on those who have beein the museum field for 10 years or less. However, this affinity group is open to all, including students, volunteers, folks in museum adjacent organiztions, folks in various museum fields or positions, folks interested in joining a museum, and those who have beein the field for more than 10 years. Look forward to a relaxed and informal zoom setting for open discussion, networking, idea generation, advice, success and struggles, and a little bit of fun. 

    Host: Ariel Peasley, Museum Educator at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education and OMA Board Member

    Cost: Free

    • 28 Jun 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Online - Zoom info will be sent via email after you RSVP
    Register
    Collections and exhibits are the backbone of museum work for many organizations. Still, it can be difficult to find the right resources or others to discuss the variety of common and not so common projects that curators, collections managers, registrars, archivists, and other museum specialists face daily. Join this group for an open conversation on different collections projects, exhibit ideas, resources, advice, and commiseration.

    Host: Heather Christenbury, Executive Director and Curator of the Coos History Museum and OMA Board Member

    Cost: Free

    • 21 Aug 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Online - Zoom info will be sent via email after you RSVP
    Register

    It doesn't have to be lonely at the top! Join fellow executive directors and senior staff for an informal problem-solving group. Meet periodically to network, share insights, and tackle challenges together. Whether you are a museum staff of one or one hundred, build a community of museum leaders through collaborative discussions and actionable solutions.

    Host: Lydia Heins, Executive Director of the Coos Art Museum and OMA Board Member

    Cost: Free

    Additional date: November 13

    • 21 Aug 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Online - Zoom info will be sent via email after you RSVP
    Register

    Are you a museum professional who focuses on fundraising, communications, or both? Join this meet up to learn more about the work of others, share ideas and events, workshop drafts, learn more about each other's work, and build a statewide community for these key roles! Open to folks of all experience levels, museum types, and locations!

    Host: Peter Kukla, Community Engagement Director of the Eugene Science Center and OMA Board President

    Cost: Free

    Additional date: November 20

    • 13 Nov 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Online - Zoom info will be sent via email after you RSVP
    Register

    It doesn't have to be lonely at the top! Join fellow executive directors and senior staff for an informal problem-solving group. Meet periodically to network, share insights, and tackle challenges together. Whether you are a museum staff of one or one hundred, build a community of museum leaders through collaborative discussions and actionable solutions.

    Host: Lydia Heins, Executive Director of the Coos Art Museum and OMA Board Member

    Cost: Free

    • 20 Nov 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Online - Zoom info will be sent via email after you RSVP
    Register

    Are you a museum professional who focuses on fundraising, communications, or both? Join this meet up to learn more about the work of others, share ideas and events, workshop drafts, learn more about each other's work, and build a statewide community for these key roles! Open to folks of all experience levels, museum types, and locations!

    Host: Peter Kukla, Community Engagement Director of the Eugene Science Center and OMA Board President

    Cost: Free

Past events

15 May 2024 Affinity Group Meet Up: Development & Marketing
01 May 2024 Affinity Group Meet Up: Directors & Senior Staff
22 Apr 2024 Volunteer Appreciation Webinar
17 Apr 2024 Exploring Exhibit Design and Creation from a DIY Perspective
29 Feb 2024 February Meet Up - Salem!
12 Jan 2024 Recalculating, Recalculating…Using the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) as Your Museum’s GPS on the Road to Excellence
10 Sep 2023 OMA 2023 Annual Conference
12 Jul 2023 Interpretive Training: Basics and Beyond
24 May 2023 Meet Up May! Heritage Museum, Independence
18 May 2023 Meet Up May! Eugene
12 May 2023 Meet Up May! Corvallis Museum
25 Apr 2023 OMA webinar: You are not alone! Working with consultants to support your museum
23 Mar 2023 Meet Up March! Portland
20 Mar 2023 Meet Up March! Eugene
19 Jan 2023 Overcoming the barriers to museum fundraising success
09 Jan 2023 OMA Listening Session
19 Sep 2022 Educators Meet Up
28 Aug 2022 August Meet Up - in person!
18 Aug 2022 Beyond sticky traps: Practical tips for effective museum pest management
16 Jul 2022 Designing Outdoor Youth Programs
23 May 2022 May webinar: Creating a virtual tour for your museum
30 Mar 2022 OMA March meet up: Supporting volunteers
24 Feb 2022 February advocacy meet up
27 Jan 2022 Exactly how to fund and select your next collections management system (CMS)
14 Oct 2021 Collections management meet up
15 Sep 2021 OMA-WaMA Joint Virtual Conference 2021
23 Jul 2021 July Meet Up: Reopening
23 Jun 2021 Sins of omission: Addressing the legacy of the Oregon Historical Society as a pioneer memorial association
17 May 2021 Tours at the ZMA (Zoom Museum of Art)
28 Apr 2021 Will the last person leaving please turn off the lights? How to properly disband a museum and liquidate its assets
25 Mar 2021 OMA March Meet Up: Checking Volunteer Vitals
23 Feb 2021 Listening to help integrate values-based equity: Guest curator Stephanie Littlebird in conversation with Five Oaks Museum
21 Jan 2021 OMA Lunchtime Meet Up
10 Nov 2020 Workshop - Moving forward with NAGPRA
21 Oct 2020 OMA Happy Hour Meet Up
08 Oct 2020 WMA 2020 Annual Meeting co-hosted by OMA
15 Sep 2020 Webinar - Talking with your museum community: COVID-19-friendly adaptations and considerations
25 Aug 2020 Webinar - Interpretive planning for a pandemic
23 Jul 2020 OMA Summer Soirée Virtual Meet Up
08 Jun 2020 Museum reopening webinar
22 Apr 2020 2020 Spring Workshop at Oregon Heritage Conference
07 Nov 2019 PDX Museums Meet Up - Oregon Historical Society
29 Oct 2019 Museuems of the Gorge Meet Up
26 Sep 2019 PDX Museum Meet Up - World of Speed
15 Sep 2019 Meet up and no-host dinner in John Day
15 Sep 2019 2019 Annual Conference - Finding Common Ground
13 Jun 2019 PDX Museum Meet Up
13 May 2019 2019 Spring Workshop: Danger! Handling Hazardous Artifacts
23 Apr 2019 Meet Up after Arts & Culture Advocacy Day
15 Apr 2019 Meet up with SWOMA - Flotsam & Jetsam - Determining the importance of shipwrecks and their debris on Oregon's beaches
09 Sep 2018 2018 Annual Conference
21 May 2018 Spring Workshop: Albums of Ephemera with Elizabeth Chambers
10 Sep 2017 2017 OMA Pre-Conference Exhibit Workshop
18 Apr 2016 Spring Workshop: Basics of Archives
11 Oct 2015 OMA Annual Meeting
09 Mar 2015 Interpretation and Collections Care at Chachalu Tribal Museum and Cultural Center: A Tribal Perspective on Collaborating with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
26 Oct 2014 OMA Annual Meeting
06 Apr 2014 OMA Annual Meeting


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