Future OMA Conferences

September 23-25, 2015 - Woodward

September 21-23, 2016 - Bartlesville

For more information on hosting a future OMA conference, please review the Facility and Community Application.

We look forward to seeing you in Woodward for the 2015 OMA annual conference, September 23-25, 2015. Have a great idea for a 2015 session? Session proposal forms are available here


A Successful 2014 OMA Annual Conference 

Rejuvenate to Innovate

It's A Wrap!

We just finished a successful 2014 OMA conference in Idabel.  If you attened the conference, please click on this link to complete the short online evaluation: Conference Evaluation

Exhibitor information will be available in early 2015.

Download the final 2014 conference program here

The theme of the conference was Rejuvenate to Innovate.  We know that today’s museum world can be stressful and hectic at times, which can limit our creativity and problem solving.  Our fall conference was a time to destress, be rejuvenated and enjoy an open mind to gain knowledge about the latest museum trends, take part in professional development and embrace innovation to find creative solutions to existing issues at your museum, all in the comfort of a relaxing and friendly environment.

Neighbor Day @ OMA
OMA  invited museums in the Idabel region from Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas to attend this year's conference, particularly on Thursday, September 25.  


Conference Information

Conference Keynote Speakers
  • Dr. Spencer Wells - Spencer Wells is a leading population geneticist and director of the Genographic Project from National Geographic and IBM. His fascination with the past has led the scientist, author, and documentary filmmaker to the farthest reaches of the globe in search of human populations who hold the history of humankind in their DNA. By studying humankind's family tree he hopes to close the gaps in our knowledge of human migration.

  • Jeralynn Lujan Lucero and Ray Wiger - Jeralynn is a Taos Pueblo artist whose work speaks to the generations, to heritage and customs. Lyrical, insightful and possessing a strong creative spirit, her work evokes nature, humanity and beauty.  Ray is a sculptor, from Taos, New Mexico, and is known around the country and the world for his breathtaking wire-mesh sculptures.
Conference OMA Awards Luncheon

The OMA awards luncheon was held Friday, September 26, 2014 at the Museum of the Red River in Idabel, Oklahoma.  The keynote speakers were Taos artists, Jeralynn Lujan Lucero and Ray Wiger. 

View list of award winners here.

Conference Scholarships

A total of 25 scholarships were provided to individuals to attend the conference.

OMA thanks the following conference scholarship donors:

  • Susan Baley
  • Julie Baird
  • Dr. Bill Bryans
  • Continental Resources
  • Richard Ellwanger
  • Don Herron
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust
  • Oklahoma Department of Libraries
  • Thomas Potter
  • Heidi Vaughn
Conference Hosts
  • Museum of the Red River
  • Oklahoma Forest Heritage Center Museum
Conference Sponsors
  • Oklahoma Arts Council
  • Kirkpatrick Family Fund
  • Choctaw Nation
  • Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center
  • Oklahoma City Zoological Park & Botanical Garden
  • AJ's Steak and Pasta
  • Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa 
  • Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums
  • Elliott + Associates Architects
  • Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates, P.C.
  • Girls Gone Wine
  • Herron Foundation
  • Idabel Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture
  • Idabel Main Street
  • Idabel Museum Society, Inc.
  • Idabel Public Schools
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • ITIN Museum Services
  • Jasmine Moran Children's Museum
  • Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
  • Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust
  • Oklahoma Department of Libraries
  • Oklahoma History Center
  • Oklahoma Historical Society / Museums & Historic Sites
  • Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
  • Gena Timberman
  • University of Oklahoma College of Liberal Studies
  • University of Oklahoma Press
  • Vann & Associates | Public Relations + Marketing

Conference Exhibitors
    • Certified Folder Display, Inc.
    • Elliott + Associates Architects
    • Exhibit Concepts, Inc.
    • Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates, P.C.
    • nerwin&martin
    • Oklahoma Arts Council
    • Silver Leaf Gems
    • Southwest Solutions Group
    • University of Oklahoma College of Liberal Studies 
    • University of Oklahoma Press
    • University of Tulsa Museum Science and Management Program
    • Vann & Associates | Public Relations + Marketing


Conference Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received by September 5 are eligible for a refund unless otherwise noted.  Cancellations received after the registration deadline are non-refundable.  All cancellations must be in writing.  Participant substitutions are accepted at any time.  OMA is not responsible for cancellations sent but not received.

OMA reserves the right to cancel a program at any time.  In the event of such a cancellation, participants will receive a full registration refund.  OMA is not responsible for any expenses, travel or otherwise, incurred as a result of participation in our cancellation of a program.