Future OMA Conferences

September 21-23, 2016 - Bartlesville

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

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

Submit a Session Proposal or Send us Ideas for Topics
We currently are planning the 2016 OMA annual fall conference.  The theme of the conference is Diamonds in the Making:  Museums as Cultural Gems. We are mixing up the OMA conference format a bit, and want your input. With over 18 relevant sessions to plan, we want your input!  You can submit a session proposal here or you can email us at [email protected] and let us know what topics you are interested in having presented!  Either way, the conference is about you – our Oklahoma museum professionals – and having your input on the 2016 conference will make it even more powerful and meaningful.

Discount Registration Open for 2016 OMA Conference
Register by December 31, 2015 to attend the 2016 OMA Annual Conference, September 21-23, 2016 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and receive the Discounted rate of $285 for members and $360 for non-members. 

Register HERE for the 2016 OMA Annual Conference! No need to pay now; payment of Discounted Rate registration will be due by August 3, 2016.


Discount Rate ends December 31, 2015
$285 for members and $360 for non-members

Early Bird begins Jan. 1, 2016
$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).

We appreciate the following Exhibitors who are 2016 Conference Supporters

Certified Folder Display, Inc.
Elliott + Associates Architects
Exhibit Concepts, Inc.
ITIN Museum Services
Martin&Martin Design
Museum Arts
University of Oklahoma College of Liberal Studies
Vann & Associates | PR + Marketing


Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2015 conference a success!

Download the Final Conference Program

Download Keynote Speaker, James H Bruns, presentation here

Conference Information

Conference Keynote Speaker

The keynote speaker for the conference is James H. Bruns.  The topic of his presentation is Life's Lessons Learned.

Jim is a museum sage full of valuable information which our Oklahoma museums will sure want to embrace. . He is currently responsible for the Command's Naval Museum System Operations and serves as the Assistant Director for Museum System Operations, with responsibility for the oversight, coordination, and administrative requirements of the Navy museum network. He also directs the National Museum of the United States Navy, the Navy's "flagship" museum, located at the Washington Navy Yard.

During his 30-year Federal and not-for-profit career, Jim Bruns has served as a Smithsonian curator, museum director, and deputy to the Assistant Secretary for American Museum and National Systems. He was the head of fundraising for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., with responsibility for coordinating the raising of $164 million.  He was the founding director of the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum, his first construction project, which was completed in three years, on-time and under budget.

Prior to being appointed as Director of the National Museum of the United States Navy in 2011, he served as association presidents for the Atlanta Historical Society and the Theodore Roosevelt Association, as well as a Vice President for Montclair State University, New Jersey's second largest university. While in Atlanta, he led the Atlanta Historical Society's successful negotiations to acquire the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum, managed the restoration of three historic properties, assembled the most comprehensive Civil War collection in the country, and assisted the City of Atlanta in displaying the Martin Luther King Jr. Collection. 

A graduate of the University of Maryland, Jim Bruns is the author of 11 books on postal history and philately. 

Conference Hosts
  • Woodward Convention & Visitors Bureau - Woodward Conference Center
  • Northwestern Oklahoma State University
  • Plains Indians & Pioneers Museum
  • Woodward Arts Theatre & Josie Adams Cultural Centre
  • Waynoka Historical Society
  • Major County Historical Society
Conference Sponsors
  • Oklahoma Arts Council
  • Kirkpatrick Family Fund
  • Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden
  • Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center
  • Woodward Convention & Visitors Bureau - Woodward Conference Center
  • Northwestern Oklahoma State University
  • Frankfurt Short Bruza Associates, P.C.
  • Martin & Martin Design
  • University of Oklahoma College of Liberal Studies
  • Vann & Associates | PR + Marketing
  • Jasmine Moran Children's Museum
  • Route 66 Alliance
  • Sam Noble Museum
  • Plains Indians & Pioneers Museum
  • Elliott + Associates Architects
  • Woodward Chamber of Commerce
  • Mead Ferguson, Woodward
  • Woodward Public Schools
  • Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center
Conference Exhibitors
    • Certified Folder Display Service, Inc.
    • Donning Company Publishers
    • Elliott + Associates Architects
    • Exhibit Concepts, Inc.
    • Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates, P.C.
    • ITIN Museum Services
    • Martin & Martin Design
    • Mid-America Arts Alliance
    • Museum Arts
    • Oklahoma Archives Week
    • Oklahoma Arts Council
    • Rockgate Financial Partners
    • 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 | PR + Marketing


Conference Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received by September 3 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.