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Affinity Group Meet Up: Development & Marketing

May 15 | 12:00pm-1:00pm | Online

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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!

Hosted by Peter Kukla, Community Engagement Director of the Eugene Science Center and OMA Board President

Additional dates: August 21, November 20

June Networking Meet Up: Portland!

June 13 | 5:00pm-6:30pm
Wayfinder Beer, Wayfinder Beer, 304 SE 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 9721

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Meet your colleagues for casual networking at Wayfinder Beer!

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

Affinity Group Meet Up: Emerging Museum Professionals

June 20 | 12:00pm-1:00pm | Online

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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. 

Affinity Group Meet Up: Collections & Exhibitions

June 28 | 1:00pm-2:00pm | Online

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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.

Affinity Group Meet Up: Directors & Senior Staff

August 21 | 9:00am-10:00am | Online

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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.

Hosted by Lydia Heins, Executive Director of the Coos Art Museum and OMA Board Member

Additional date: November 13

Host a meet up

OMA meet up at Cascade Locks Historical Museum, August 2022

OMA supports regional meet ups across the state, which can be casual or more structured.

Help us plan meet ups across the state

We're looking for folks to host OMA meet ups across the state.

OMA meet ups are informal and engaging opportunities to connect and network with fellow professionals in the museum world. They are an opportunity for people to share successes and struggles, pitch new ideas and ask questions, and to find support and inspiration. Above all though, we want to create a space for museum and museum-adjacent professionals to have the time to simply meet and have fun! 

Meet ups are what you make them! You can choose one of the following formats (or make up your own!):

  • Host a meet up at your museum, business, or organization. This gives you the opportunity to promote your own organization by also providing access to your space and exhibits for self-guided or guided tours when possible.
    • It can be super informal with a bowl of chips and a bottle of soda for folks.
    • You can offer a bigger/fancier spread by asking local businesses to provide donations or sponsorships. Also, OMA has limited funds for organizations to provide food and drink.
  • Host a meet up at a local eatery, café, pub, or bar with a designated space for attendees, and folks can purchase their own food and drinks. Maybe the business could offer a discount for OMA folks.
  • Host an online meet up via OMA's Zoom platform where attendees can join from the comfort of their home with their own food and drinks. Want to gather together groups of like-minded individuals? You can manage a meet up for folks interested in collections, educators, volunteers, exhibits, social media, digitization, NAGPRA, packing, shipping and storage, or anything else.
If you are interested in hosting a meet up, please email us at connect@oregonmuseums.org.

past meet ups

2024 Meet Ups

February 29, 2024 - In-person, Salem

2023 Meet Ups

May 24, 2023 - In-person, Independence

May 18, 2023 - In-person, Eugene

May 12, 2023 - In-person, Corvallis

March 20, 2023 - In-person, Eugene

March 23, 2023 - In-person, Portland

2022 Meet Ups

October 2022 - OMA in-person Meet Up at the WMA Annual Meeting

September 19, 2022 - Educators Virtual Meet Up

August 28, 2022 - OMA in-person meet up at Cascade Locks Historical Museum

March 30, 2022 - OMA Virtual Meet Up: Supporting volunteers

February 24, 2022 - OMA Virtual Meet Up: Advocacy

2021 Meet Ups

October 14, 2021 - OMA Meet Up: Collections Management

July 23, 2021 - OMA Meet Up: Reopening

May 17, 2021 - OMA Meet Up: Tours at the ZMA (Zoom Museum of Art)

March 25, 2021 - OMA Meet Up: Checking Volunteer Vitals

January 21, 2021 - OMA Lunchtime Meet Up- Zoom

2020 Meet Ups

October 21, 2020 - OMA Happy Hour Meet Up - Zoom

July 23, 2020 - OMA virtual Summer Soirée Meet Up - Zoom

2019 Meet Ups

November 7, 2019 - PDX Museum Meet Up - Oregon Historical Society, Portland, OR

October 29, 2019 - Museums of the Gorge Meet Up - Klickitat, WA

September 26, 2019 - PDX Museum Meet Up - World of Speed, Wilsonville, OR 

September 15, 2019 - Meet Up and no-host dinner, John Day, OR

June 13, 2019 - PDX Museum Meet Up, Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, Hillsboro, OR

April 23, 2019 - Meet Up after Arts & Culture Advocacy Day, Salem, OR

April 15, 2019 - Meet up with SWOMA - Flotsam & Jetsam - Determining the importance of shipwrecks and their debris on Oregon's beaches, Florence, OR



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