2018 OMA Annual Conference
April 15-16 - Dayton

In an ever-changing landscape of new technology, new concepts and new experiences, there is a choice: ask big questions and generate extraordinary ideas – or risk becoming obsolete.

Across Ohio, museums are tackling the ideas and questions that reshape the way we function, change the way we think and communicate, and impact how we grow and serve both our mission and our communities.

This year’s host city knows a thing or two about making new ideas take flight. Join us in Dayton, April 15 and 16 as we explore these topics and more at the 2018 Ohio Museums Association’s Annual Conference – Dayton.

OMA 2018 Conference Program

OMA 2018 is packed full of great opportunities, professional development, engaging speakers, tours, awards, networking and more! Attendees at OMA 2018 will enjoy the great conference staples you've come to expect from the Ohio Museums Association, including:

  • BACK FOR 2018! Pre-Conference Tours - There's more to explore at OMA 2018! Join OMA a day early, Saturday, April 14 as we visit three amazing Dayton museums - the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery and Sunwatch Indian Village!

  • The 2018 Keynote Address by Barbra Stonerock, Vice President of Community Engagement at the Dayton Foundation

  • Our Sunday progressive museum tour - Enjoy an evening of exploring two iconic Dyaton museums!

  • The Annual Awards dinner at the beautiful Dayton Art Institute

  • BACK FOR 2018! OMA is proud to once again offer Student Scholarships to attend the 2018 Annual Conference! Scholarship includes a full, Sunday and Monday registration.

  • The OMA raffle that boasts a wide variety of goodies you won't be able to resist

  • A perennial favorite - The Ohio EMP Gathering! Join the leadership of all five Ohio EMP Chapters welcomes EMPs from across the state, as well as museum pros looking to learn more about these groups. Enjoy networking and cocktails at this all-Ohio EMP event!

  • BACK FOR 2018! Pre-Conference Workshop - OMA has partnered with Equitas Health for the Sunday workshop "Serving the LGBTQ Community with Cultural Humility and Structural Competency."

  • The OMA Exhibit Hall featuring regional museum service providers

  • Networking with museum professionals from across the state

  • Sixteen professional development sessions and two roundtable sessions ranging in topics from across the museum discipline

  • NEW FOR 2018! Sunday Morning Discovery Walk - Get an early start at OMA 2018 with a Sunday Morning Discovery Walk at Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, guided by an Aullwood naturalist!

See the full line-up of conference programming on the Program page. 

Visit the Registration page for complete details and to register for OMA 2018!

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