Conference


Future OMA Conferences

September 21-23, 2016 - Bartlesville

September 20-22, 2017 - Lawton

September 19-21, 2018

September 18-20, 2019




For more information on hosting a future OMA conference, review the RFP here.

Note: all conference communities must commit to raising at least $7,000 in local funding and/or in-kind services for the conference (not including hotel meeting rooms or other amenities given in exchange for sleeping room reservations).  In addition, it is expected the lodging location will provide two complimentary sleeping rooms for the duration for the OMA staff.

OMA Conference Registration is OPEN!  Register today.

Download the Preliminary Conference Booklet Here (Registration information located on page 10 of booklet as well as a link to online registration)

Register Online Here

2016 OMA Annual Fall Conference
September 21-23, 2016
Bartlesville Community Center
Bartlesville, Oklahoma

The theme of the conference is Diamonds in the Making:  Museums as Cultural Gems. We are mixing up the OMA conference format a bit. With over 18 relevant sessions to plan, we will be presenting a great conference!  

The conference is about you – our Oklahoma museum professionals – the 2016 conference committee is planning to make it even more powerful and meaningful.  We look forward to seeing you in Bartlesville.

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Early Bird begins early spring
$335 for members and $410 for non-members

Standard begins Aug. 4, 2016
$385 for members and $460 for non-members

Rates listed include all meals and sessions on Thursday and Friday (pre-conference workshops on Wednesday are not included).


Conference Hosts
Frank Phillips Home
Visit Bartlesville Oklahoma
Bartlesville Area Historical Museum
Bartlesville Community Center
Phillips Petroleum Company Museum
Price Tower Arts Center
Woolaroc

Conference Sponsors (to date)
Oklahoma Arts Council
Kirkpatrick Family Fund
Frank Phillips Home
Visit Bartlesville Oklahoma
Allen Brown Architects
Bartlesville Public Library
Elliott + Associates Architects
Girls Gone Wine
ITIN Museum Services
Jasmine Moran Children's Museum
McCoy Jewelers
Mid-America Arts Alliance
Martin&Martin Design
Museum Fabrication Group LLC
Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board
Route 66 Alliance
University of Oklahoma College of Liberal Studies
Vann & Associates | PR + Marketing

Sponsorship information available here.  Contact Brenda Granger for more information.


Exhibitors
Certified Folder Display Services, Inc.
Elliott + Associates Architects
Exhibit Concepts, Inc.
ITIN Museum Services
M. Kaser & Associates, Inc.
Martin&Martin Design
Mid-America Arts Alliance
Museum Fabrication Group LLC
Oklahoma Arts Council
Silver Leaf Gems
Southwest Solutions Group, Inc.
University of Oklahoma College of Liberal Studies
University of Oklahoma Press
Vann & Associates | PR + Marketing
Western Center for the Conservation of Fine Arts

Conference Exhibitor Space is Sold Out.

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Conference Information

Conference Hotels

Transportation between the hotel and the Community Center is on your own. Conference attendees should book their lodging as soon as possible.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bartlesville (OMA Host Hotel)
4016 Price Road, Bartlesville, OK 74006
Phone 1.918.766.0020

When making a reservation, indicate you are with the Oklahoma Museums Association conference to receive the following rate. Conference rate cannot be booked online. Deadline to book at conference rate is August 21, 2016.

Rate of $94 + tax for single or double. Rate includes complimentary breakfast bar, exercise facilities, free local calls, Wi-Fi. 100% non-smoking hotel.
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Fairfield Inn & Suites Bartlesville
2107 SE Washington Blvd., Bartlesville, OK 74006
Phone 1.918.331.2100

When making a reservation by phone, indicate you are with the Oklahoma Museums Association conference to receive the following rate. Deadline to book at conference rate is September 19, 2016. Make a reservation online based on your room choice: Single King  Double Queen

Rate of $90 + tax for single or double. Rate includes complimentary breakfast, exercise facilities, free high-speed internet. 100% non-smoking hotel.
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Inn at Price Tower and Price Tower Arts Center, “Stay the Night with Frank Lloyd Wright”
510 Dewey Avenue, Bartlesville, OK 74003
Phone 1.918.336.4949 or 1.877.424.2424

When making a reservation, indicate you are with the Oklahoma Museums Association conference, OMA group code, to receive the following rate. Conference rate cannot be booked online. Deadline to book at conference rate is September 1, 2016.

Rate of $99 + tax for single or double. Rate includes complimentary Wi-Fi. Rate does not include breakfast. 100% non-smoking hotel.
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Hilton Garden Inn Bartlesville
205 SW Frank Phillips Blvd, Bartlesville, OK 74003
Phone 1.918.336.0808

When making a reservation, indicate you are with the Oklahoma Museums Association conference to receive the following rate. Conference rate can be booked online or by calling hotel and asking for the OMA group discount. Deadline to book at conference rate is September 7, 2016.

To make individual reservations, visit www.bartlesville.hgi.com, type in arrival and departure dates and click “go”. On the next screen you will need to type in group code OMA beside Group/Convention Code.  Continue with reservation.

Rate of $139 + tax for single or double. Rate includes complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour business center, fitness center, and a full-service restaurant on the property. Rate does not include breakfast. Choice of non-smoking or smoking room.

Keynote Speaker Kent Stroman

 

The Conference Keynote Luncheon Speaker is Kent Stroman. The topic of his presentation will follow the theme of the conference by Igniting Your Creativity Explosion! In the keynote, Kent will lead us as we . . .

Explore examples of creativity
Increase attendees’ Creativity Quotient (CQ)
Practice Creative Thinking
Learn creativity techniques

Make practical applications to our own lives.. And have FUN!

He’ll offer 6 small things you can change to make a BIG difference and share 7 Secrets to a more CREATIVE mind.

Kent is renowned for being tall. Others refer to him as ‘ridiculously tall’ but he likes to joke that he’s only 5 foot 17! Kent is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He provides counsel which has been honed by forty years of experience in governance, strategic planning, capital campaigns, major donor solicitation and financial management. Stroman’s experience includes 25 years in higher education as a Professor, Vice President for Finance and Vice President for Advancement.

Following the keynote, Kent will have books for sale and be available for a book signing.

OMA Awards Program

New for this year is an enhanced celebration to recognize award recipients. Held the evening of Thursday, September 22 in beautiful Bartlesville, Oklahoma, this celebration is part of the OMA Annual Conference. The evening includes dinner with cash bar, an auction to support OMA programs and services, and, of course, an uplifting awards presentation. The awards celebration is included with full registration for the OMA Annual Conference and separate tickets for the celebration only will be available for purchase soon. More information on the OMA Awards Program here

Conference Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received by August 29 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.

Consent to Use Photographic Images

Registration and attendance at or participation in OMA conference and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to OMA's use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image.