Call For Session Proposals - OMA 2023

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OMA is now accepting session proposals for our 2023 Annual Conference, March 25-27, 2023 in Newark-Lancaster. Deadline for proposals: October 14, 2022.

Call for OMA 2023 Session Proposals - "Museums, Relationships, & Trust" 

Session proposals are being accepted until 10/14/22.

Click here to submit a Session Proposal Form.

We’ve seen the research – museums consistently rank among the most trusted institutions in the US. But research has also shown recent trust in public institutions is wavering, and our work as a field is not immune. While many museums have worked hard to build relationships in our communities, we know our work is far from done. And some historical interactions in the field has led some of our audiences to not see themselves as belonging to museums at all.

How can museums bridge this gap? How can we build (or rebuild, if necessary) and strengthen the trust, relationships, and partnerships that are crucial to our places as community cornerstones? What can we do to ensure our organizations are truly reflective of our audiences, and a place where everyone can feel a sense of belonging, engagement, and ownership? How can museums continue to be leaders for community, fun, learning, and stewardship?

Join us in Newark - Lancaster, March 25-27 as we explore these topics and more at the 2023 Ohio Museums Association’s Annual Conference: Museums, Relationships, & Trust.

OMA is looking for innovative and engaging sessions that will create an interactive experience for our conference attendees.

Send in a proposal for a session that you would like to attend! 

Submit your session proposal now for the 2023 annual conference of the Ohio Museums Association as we explore best practices and innovative ideas in Ohio museums. We're seeking session proposals that will foster dynamic conversations around:

  • How to survive and thrive in today’s environment: how do we expand our audiences, stay relevant, be accessible to all, and become imperative to the success of our communities

  • Building trust (or rebuilding trust if it’s been broken): Building relationships and partnerships with those not traditionally represented, the BIPOC community, LGBTQ+ community, descendant communities, building trust across political spectrum, museums as a trusted source of information, and more

  • Building and expanding relationships: Within your community, across institutions, with local business, governments, schools, teachers, social and community influencers, and more

  • Museums as 21st century community assets: thinking of museums as “palaces for the people” and social infrastructure to support the community

  • Organizational health: financial stability and transparency, board relations, and how to serve your values and mission through your policies and governance

  • Museums’ responsibility to our field: workers’ rights, policy transparency, internal structures, and more

Complete online Session Proposal Form here.

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OMA reserves the right to evaluate all proposals and to schedule those that accomplish the goal of a balanced program.

Submission deadline: October 14, 2022.

7/28/2022 1:00 PM - 10/14/2022 11:59 PM
Eastern Daylight Time

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