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OMA 2020 Conference Program

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2020 OMA Annual Conference Brochure

 

Program Highlights

Saturday Pre-Conference Tours

Coming to Cincinnati a little early for OMA 2020? Or, not able to make it to the full OMA conference but still want a great OMA 2020 experience? Join us Saturday, April 4 for a full day of exploration and fun at four amazing Cincinnati museums! Learn more about the 2020 OMA Pre-Conference Tours and register here.

Sunday Pre-Conference Workshops

OMA is proud to offer a pre-conference workshop for OMA 2020 in Cincinnati - Sunday, April 5:

 Open Your Mind: Understanding Implicit Bias - presented by National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Learn more about the 2020 OMA Pre-Conference Workshops and register here.

Sunday Evening Museum Tours

Enjoy an evening of exploring two iconic Cincinnati museums! Buses will leave the Graduate Cincinnati for the Cincinnati Museum Center where attendees can tour the recently renovated Union Terminal’s historic spaces, the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, and the Cincinnati History Museum.

Then, we’ll head to the Cincinnati Art Museum, where attendees can explore the special exhibits Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance 1850–1970, “Something Over Something Else”: Romare Bearden’s Profile Series, and Women Breaking Boundaries.

2019 OMA Awards

The Annual Ohio Museums Association Awards Dinner will be held in the Cincinnati Art Museum's beautiful Great Hall. Enjoy networking with museum professionals from across the state as the Ohio Museums Association recognizes our 2019 Visual Communication and Award of Achievement winners.

Ohio EMP 2020 Opening Night Reception

Join your fellow conference attendees at this OMA 2020 opening night after-party! Ohio’s EMP Chapters welcome all museum pros and Emerging Museum Professionals to enjoy networking and cocktails at this annual conference kickoff reception.

OMA Raffle

Get your raffle tickets for OMA’s first 50/50 raffle! Support Ohio’s museums and the work OMA does on behalf of Ohio’s museum community—and enter to win a cash prize in the process! Tickets are available at the registration desk and with Raffle team members throughout the conference.

Keynote Address

OMA Welcomes  Andrew Plumley, Director of Inclusion at the American Alliance of Museums for our 2020 Keynote Address, presented by Ohio Humanities.

Moving Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Forward in the Museum Field

Many of us have seen the growing number of conversations taking place all across the country in regards to diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion in the museum field. Many of us have taken part in conversations about the lack of diversity at the very top levels of our museums.

Even still, many of our museums are struggling to diversify who visits our museums, our staff, and our trustees. In 2017, the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and BoardSource examined museum board leadership and found a disconnect in the field related to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion. The survey found that while nearly half (46 percent) of museum boards are entirely white, 77 percent of museum directors believe expanding the racial and ethnic diversity of their boards is important to advancing their missions. Even so, only 10 percent of museum boards have developed a plan of action to become more diverse, inclusive, and equitable.

With the challenge of diversity, equity, accessibility, inclusion, at the forefront of our workforce and national dialogue, and with demographics shifting towards a much more racially diverse population, museums must confront the true nature of this challenge, face the bias implicit to our institutions, and commit to adopting policies and practices that create a culture of inclusion and equity. Only then can we honor our obligation to serve the whole public.

Andrew Plumley, Director of Inclusion at the American Alliance of Museum will share how AAM is thinking about issues tied to DEAI, and report out on the American Alliance of Museum’s unprecedented national initiative, Facing Change: Advancing Museum Board Diversity and Inclusion.

Conference Sessions

Sunday - April 5

1:00pm-3:00pm Pre-Conference Workshop
(Ticket Required—This workshop can be included as an add-on to conference registration)

Open Your Mind: Understanding Implicit Bias
Change the way you think about the way you think—and learn why having implicit bias is nothing to feel bad about. The goal of this implicit bias experience is to open people up to new ideas, new perspectives and new experiences. This workshop aims to change the way people think about the brain, about discrimination and, hopefully, about themselves. Using real-world examples and practical demonstrations of implicit bias, in addition to various interactive, “hands-on” activities like riddles, illusions and brainteasers, this workshop will help visitors appreciate both the power—and limits—of the human mind.
Speaker: Ryan Wynett, Manager of Implicit Bias Experiences, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Monday, April 15

9:15am-10:15am CONCURRENT SESSIONS MORNING I:

Morning Leadership Workshop with Andrew Plumley
Much has been written about the lack of diversity among nonprofit and museum leaders. Increasing diversity and inclusion within an organization takes motivation, courage, clear goals, and an effective plan of action. In this hour long session, we will discuss the difference between diversity, equity, and inclusion, identify the access points where small changes can have the most impact, and share strategies and stories on how to move the needle on diversity and inclusion within our own organizations and in the field more broadly.
Speaker: Andrew Plumley, Director of Inclusion, American Alliance of Museums

Arts in Service to Accessibility
Educators of students with disabilities need the arts. This session teaches how to make adapted art tools and how to bring together schools & arts organizations in service to accessibility. Presented by Arts Alive: Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield City School District, Wittenberg University, Springfield Arts Council and Clark State.
Speakers: Sally Brannan, Associate Professor, Wittenberg University; Todd Buck, Coordinator of Professional Development and Curriculum, Springfield City School District; Annette Eshelman, Curator of Education, Springfield Museum of Art; Amy Korpieski, Museum Educator, Springfield Museum of Art; Kristen Kettlehake, Coordinator of Curriculum and Professional Development, Springfield City School District

Project EAT!: Creating Unique Partnerships and Building Awareness
Though Project EAT!, the McKinley Museum built a county-wide partnership that showcased exciting new food-related exhibitions, events, and program, while simultaneously highlighting the work that is being done to fight food insecurity in our community. Museums can use our powerful platform as a respected cultural organization to effect change in our communities. 
Speaker: Kim Kenney, Executive Director, McKinley Presidential Library & Museum

Out of Detention & Into the Museum: Transforming Futures Through Art
This presentation will explore a dynamic partnership between the Toledo Museum of Art and the Lucas County Juvenile Court as well as best practices for engaging at-risk youth in a variety of art experiences. Discover how to design, build and maintain an impactful program that reaches new audiences. 
Speakers: Maria Iafelice, Youth & Family Programs Manager, Toledo Museum of Art; William Weis, JSOT Supervisor, Lucas County Juvenile Court

10:15am-11:00am MORNING BREAK AND ROUNDTABLE SESSION:

Take a break to explore the OMA exhibit hall, and network with your colleagues in the ballroom during our morning roundtable sessions. Choose one of many discussion tables with topics important to Ohio museum professionals.
Morning roundtable topics coming soon! 

11:05am-12:05pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS MORNING II:

Promising Practices in Equitable Hiring, Workplace Culture, & Community Networking
Looking for ways to start or enhance your Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Access (IDEA) work? Join a lively session that’s part panel, part idea-swap as two museum leaders share and seek promising IDEA practices in Ohio museums. Come to hear what others are trying, and share the same! 
Speakers: Whitney Owens, Chief Learning Officer, Cincinnati Museum Center;  Jodie Engle, Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion and Audience Development, COSI

Creating Inclusive Multi-Sensory Experiences
Explore ways to engage visitors of all abilities through multi sensory experiences. This approach encourages visitors to use their other senses to enhance what they see. Educators will learn practical ways of introducing the five senses in the galleries, then discuss how to activate different objects with this method.
Speaker: Sara Birkofer, Manager of Accessibility and Gallery Programs, Cincinnati Art Museum

Maximizing Community Partnerships to Enhance Programming within a Small Museum
The Cleveland Fed’s Learning Center and Money Museum will discuss how small museums can reach new audiences by leveraging partnerships with community organizations to create relevant and engaging student programming. Through examples learn how fostering partnerships with established neighboring institutions resulted in the enhancement of programs doubling their previous outcomes. 
Speakers: Khaz Finley, Education and Museum Outreach Supervisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Learning Center & Money Museum; Elle Benak, Education and Museum Outreach Associate, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Learning Center & Money Museum

Teachers as Museum Advocates Through Professional Development
This session will explore the value of teacher PD for connecting museums with schools. Speakers will focus on strategies for using PD to build relationships and how PD programs help teachers advocate for museums. Case studies will be from three Ohio museums, with a planning workshop to design a program. 
Speaker: Samantha Gaier, Associate Director of School-Based Learning, Cincinnati Art Museum

12:10pm-1:30pm LUNCHEON & PLENARY ADDRESS - PRESENTED BY: OHIO HUMANITIES

OMA Welcomes Andrew Plumley, Director of Inclusion, American Alliance of Museums
Moving Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Forward in the Museum Field

Many of us have seen the growing number of conversations taking place all across the country in regards to diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion in the museum field. Many of us have taken part in conversations about the lack of diversity at the very top levels of our museums. Even still, many of our museums are struggling to diversify who visits our museums, our staff, and our trustees. In 2017, the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and BoardSource examined museum board leadership and found a disconnect in the field related to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion. The survey found that while nearly half (46 percent) of museum boards are entirely white, 77 percent of museum directors believe expanding the racial and ethnic diversity of their boards is important to advancing their missions. Even so, only 10 percent of museum boards have developed a plan of action to become more diverse, inclusive, and equitable.

With the challenge of diversity, equity, accessibility, inclusion, at the forefront of our workforce and national dialogue, and with demographics shifting towards a much more racially diverse population, museums must confront the true nature of this challenge, face the bias implicit to our institutions, and commit to adopting policies and practices that create a culture of inclusion and equity. Only then can we honor our obligation to serve the whole public.

Andrew Plumley, Director of Inclusion at the American Alliance of Museum will share how AAM is thinking about issues tied to DEAI, and report out on the American Alliance of Museum’s unprecedented national initiative, Facing Change: Advancing Museum Board Diversity and Inclusion.

1:30pm-2:30pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS AFTERNOON I: 

Digital Marketing and Social Media: The Future of Museums Rests in 1s and 0s
Social media helps raise awareness and drive attendance to our institutions. In this session, learn how to build a social media strategy that fits into your workload and meets your museum's (AND audiences') expectations. 
Speakers: Doug Buchanan, Vice President of Membership, Marketing & Guest Relations, COSI; Hannah Bealer, Marketing Coordinator, COSI; Kristina Smith, Communications/Marketing Manager, Hayes Presidential Center; Jamie Glavic, Account Supervisor, Scooter Media Company

Accessibility is Not An Amenity: How to Open Your Museums to All
Have you ever thought about how accessible your institution is for all visitors? Has your museum been audited for accessibility? Have you thought about creating a sensory-friendly space? Learn about the Massillon Museum's experience answering these questions and developing initiatives to become a more accessible institution. 
Speakers: Brandon Rohrer, Guest Operations Manager, Massillon Museum; Stephanie Toole, Education and Outreach Manager, Massillon Museum

Inclusive Volunteerism
Learn about  community building and engagement by incorporating perspectives from both an art museum and public history background. Compare sites engaging internal volunteers in discussions about inclusion and how to implement inclusive thinking in their daily interactions with visitors, and recruiting new volunteers to engage communities within a university.
Speakers:  Ronald Morris, Professor, Ball State University; Andrew Palamara, Associate Director of Docent Learning, Cincinnati Art Museum; Caitlin Tracey-Miller, Visitor Research Coordinator, Cincinnati Art Museum 

ENACTing Change: Lessons from the World of Collective Impact
The Emerging New American Community Team (ENACT) is a cohort of Central Ohio emerging immigrant and refugee leaders. A team of more than 15 community institutions and grass roots organizations united to teach and develop the skills of civic engagement. Now that the first cohort has concluded, we will share the lessons of large community coalition building and discuss how this model can empower institutions to rethink their role in community. 
Speakers: Ben Anthony, Community Engagement Coordinator, Ohio History Connection; Ibrahima Sow, Community Engagement Coordinator, Ohio History Connection

2:35pm-3:05pm AFTERNOON BREAK :

Take a break to explore the OMA exhibit hall, network with your colleagues, and get those final 50/50 raffle tickets! Raffle winners will be announced prior to the Afternoon II sessions.

3:10pm-4:10pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS AFTERNOON II: 

Inclusive Design Strategies for Blind and Low Vision Visitors
This session will address production considerations for braille, tactile graphics, and audio elements – highlighting how these elements can be utilized in an exhibit space, as well as optimal development strategies. Attendees will learn how to incorporate end users in the development process, ensuring accessible materials have utility in practice, not just in theory. 
Speakers: Samuel Foulkes, Printing House Manager, Clovernook Center for the Blind

Community Conversations
 
In this session, participants will learn of two different approaches to community engagement—one from a community historical society and one from a larger art museum. Through the presentation and follow-up discussion, see which one best fits the needs of your organization. 
Speakers: Carrie Maras, Associate Director for Community Engagement, Cincinnati Art Museum; Barbara Piscopo, Executive Director, Lorain Historical Society

Removing Barriers Through Authentic Communication
Are you messaging your organization's events in a way that is compelling? This session will show you how to break down silos and eliminate jargon so you can create meaningful,
relevant communications that will resonate with your audience. We'll look at case studies from the arts world and beyond as well as data that will guide you to messaging your organization and events more effectively. You'll leave this session inspired to up your storytelling game in a way that increases engagement and sales. 
Speaker: Ceci Dadisman, Digital Marketing Manager, FORM

Ohio Humanities Grants for Exhibitions & Permanent Collection Installations
This session includes a general introduction to the Ohio Humanities grants program and highlights examples of successful Ohio Humanities-funded projects for in-house exhibitions and permanent collection installations.
Speaker: Robert Colby, PhD, Program Officer, Ohio Humanities

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