Future OMA Conferences

September 23-25, 2015 - Woodward

September 21-23, 2016 - Bartlesville

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Join Us for the 2014 OMA Annual Conference
Rejuvenate to Innovate

Rejuvenate to InnovateSeptember 24-26, 2014
Museum of the Red River
Mary H. Herron Community Conference Center
Idabel, Oklahoma 

Conference Registration Closed on September 5.   OMA does not accept onsight registrations.

Download the final conference program here

Plan to attend the OMA Conference, September 24-26 in Idabel, Oklahoma.  The theme of the conference is 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.  Join us for our fall conference as it will be a time when you can come and 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 is inviting museums in the Idabel region from Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas to attend this year's conference, particularly on Thursday, September 25.  Help us welcome our neighbors.


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 Tickets

The OMA awards luncheon will be held Friday, September 26, 2014 at the Museum of the Red River in Idabel, Oklahoma. The luncheon will be held from noon-2:00pm.  The keynote speakers will be Taos artists, Jeralynn Lujan Lucero and Ray Wiger. Tickets are $35 each. Purchase Award Luncheon Tickets Here

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 Sponsor
  • 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


    Become a 2014 conference sponsor
    Download the OMA conference sponsorship levels with benefits here
    Pay your conference sponsorship online here  Due July 1
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

    2014 conference exhibitor space is sold out.
  • Download the OMA conference exhibitor information here 
Conference Advertisting

More information here on the following:
Program Advertising 
Resource Table Materials
Registration Packet Insert

Conference Lodging

Although there is not a block of rooms reserved at the following, here is additional lodging information in the area:

Super 8 Idabel
401 N.E. Lincoln Road
Idabel, OK 74745

Lakeview Lodge at Beavers Bend State ParK
Hwy 259 North, Steven's Gap Rd
Broken Bow, OK 74728
Phone: 580.494.6179
Toll Free: 800.435.5514


OMA has been notified the Comfort Suites is sold out for the conference.  Other options are listed above.

Conference attendees should book their lodging as soon as possible, as lodging is limited in the area.  Deadline to book at conference rate is August 15, 2014.  Transportation is on your own from lodging to conference center.

Comfort Suites - Sold Out
When calling to make a reservation at the Comfort Suites, let them know you are with the Oklahoma Museums Association conference to receive the following rates.  Conference rates cannot be booked online. 

Comfort Suites
400 SE Lincoln Road
Idabel, OK 74745

Rate of $83 + tax for single or double.  Higher rates for club, executive and whirlpool suites.  All rates include hot breakfast, exercise room, business center, local calls and Wi-Fi. Comfort Suites are smoke free.

Beavers Bend Creative Escapes Luxury Cabins
When making a reservation for a cabin, to receive a 3rd night free, put in the notes Oklahoma Museums Association conference.  Cabins must be booked online at

Rates vary depending on size of cabin and number sleeps.  Cabins are located north of Broken Bow, in close proximity to Beavers Bend State Park and Broken Bow Lake.  All cabins are smoke free.

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.