Your monthly source for museum advocacy from the Ontario Museum Association.

In this Issue:
Need to Know
OMA Executive Director Marie Lalonde (left) met the Honourable Minister Pablo Rodriguez (centre) as part of his first official function in his new Ministerial role at Evergreen Brick Works on August 7. Also pictured is Emma Quin of the Textile Museum of Canada (right). 
$300 Million for Canada Cultural Spaces Fund
In an announcement at Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works, the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, reconfirmed Canada's commitment to culture and communities. The Canadian government allocated $300 million to the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund in the 2018 Budget, as part of the government’s support of culture’s role in building stronger, inclusive, and economically-sustainable communities. 

Minister Rodriguez also announced $6.5 million in funding to redevelop the site’s Kiln Building into a sustainable venue for cultural programming. The Brick Works site in Toronto’s Don Valley is a converted Victorian-era industrial park. 

Read more HERE. 
OMA at the AMO Conference, Ottawa
August 19-20

Highlighting the Value of Museums for their Communities
The OMA will be exhibiting at the Tradeshow portion of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Conference in Ottawa August 19 and 20.

In partnership with the Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre and the City of Timmins, the OMA's goal is to advocate for the role that museums and culture play in the sustainability, growth, and well-being of communities across the province.

Municipalities are the main source of public sector funds for most museums in Ontario, and collaborations between museums and their communities have the potential to benefit everyone involved. 

Provincial News
Reply from Minister Sylvia Jones to OMA
OMA President Petal Furness and Executive Director Marie Lalonde reached out to congratulate Minister Jones on her new role as Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Part of Minister Jones' reply included a recognition of the work of groups like the OMA:

"I recognize that the success of this sector rests on the hard work and positive contributions of organizations like yours. I look forward to working with our ministry’s many partners and stakeholders in the coming weeks and months."

Read the Minister's full reply HERE. 
MPP Jennifer French visits the Canadian Automotive Museum in Oshawa

On July 13, MPP Jennifer French (NDP, Oshawa) (seated left) visited the Canadian Automotive Museum for an informal meeting with Museum staff, including Alexander Gates, Executive Director and Curator. On Twitter, the Museum asked,
"Perhaps we should start a new podcast called
Politicians in Cars Talking about Arts & Heritage Funding?"
Invite Your MPP to Visit Your Museum
If you haven’t yet, this summer is a great time to reach out to your local MPP to renew or build their relationship with your museum. The American Alliance of Museums, for example, has listed August 6-10 as their 7th annual #InviteCongress week, to encourage members to invite elected officials to their museum.

Following the election here in Ontario, 75 new MPPs were sworn into office so museums may not have a pre-existing relationship with their representative. 
You might want to invite your MPP to see special initiatives such as:
  • summer programming that showcases the best of your local area
  • summer camps that supplement heritage and culture learning outside of the school year, or
  • connections between your museum and tourism programs
In 2014, 55% of visits to Ontario museums were made by local residents. [1]

88% of Ontarians agree that arts and culture are important to a community's economic well-being [2]

For a guide on speaking with MPPs and remaining non-partisan, click HERE. 
OMA Initiatives
OMA Conference Sessions on Building Relationships
The following sessions at Conference will showcase different examples of advocacy, whether to funders, to partners, or across the sector: 
Collapsing Silos, Building Communities: GLAM Sector Collaborations
Thursday 2:45 pm
Kaven Baker-Voakes, Michael Rikley-Lancaster, Kerry Badgley, Lisa Snider 
Organizational Transformation—Putting the ‘Service’ in Heritage Services
Friday 1:15 pm
John Summers, Pauline Dolovich, Jon Linton
For an updated look at the Conference Program, click HERE.

To Register for Conference, click HERE. 
Regional Museum Networks Update
The Regional Museum Network (RMN) Steering Committee met via teleconference on July 31 to discuss the program and agenda for the upcoming October 24 RMN meeting in Toronto. The Steering Committee is excited to welcome many representatives from RMNs across the province and advisors in the culture sector as part of Conference 2018.

For an updated list of RMNs and a list of their websites, click HERE. 

If your local Regional Museum Network would like to be included in future initiatives, please email Christopher Shackleton at the OMA by clicking HERE. 
Out-of-Province News
Petition for National Budget Increase for Historic Places
Spearheaded by the National Trust for Canada and sponsored by British Columbia MP John Aldag (Liberal, Cloverdale-Langley City), this petition calls for increased funding in Budget 2019 to support the preservation of Canada’s historic places. According to the National Trust, more than 20% of Canada’s historic places were lost between 1970 and 2000.

Sign the petition HERE.
Alliance 2030 Officially Launches
Alliance 2030 is a national network of organizations committed to helping Canada achieve the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals by the year 2030. The initiative is being assisted by digital infrastructure for sharing projects completed by organizations across the country. 

More HERE.
Applications for Executive Director of the Canadian Museums Association
The Canadian Museums Association has launched its search for a new Executive Director. 

The search is being carried out by Arts Consulting Group (ACG), with hopes of selecting a candidate by late 2018. 

Apply HERE. 
Upcoming OMA Dates

August 9-10: OMA Council Retreat (Ottawa, ON

August 13-17: Certificate in Museum Studies Summer Institute (Kingsville, ON)
                         Planning & Designing Programs and Exhibits 2-credit course
                         Register HERE

August 15: OMA Annual Conference 2018 Early Bird Deadline (register HERE)

August 24: CMS Bursary Application Deadline (read more HERE)

October 5: Deadline to register for Conference Connections (register HERE)

October 24: Conference Study Tours (Toronto, ON) (read more HERE)

October 25-26: OMA Annual Conference 2018 (Toronto, ON) (register HERE)

Six weeks prior to an event:  Canadian Museum Association Bursary (read more here)
For any questions or comments, please contact Marie Lalonde, Executive Director, ( and Christopher Shackleton
at or by phone at: 416-348-8672 or toll free, 1 866 662 8672. 

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