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The Oklahoma Museums Association is one of the most active state museum associations in the country. OMA has approximately 650 individual, institutional and affiliated/corporate members. The OMA office is located in the Science Museum Oklahoma, Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoma Museums Association has received the Edward L. & Thelma Gaylord Oklahoma Territory Award for Preservation of State and Local History presented by the Oklahoma Heritage Association. OMA also received a Redbud Award of Merit from the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association for the social media campaign to celebrate OMA's 40th anniversary.

Richard EllwangerRichard Ellwanger

OMA President
Director
Seminole Nation Museum
PO Box 1532
Wewoka, OK  74884

 

It was thirteen years ago this coming spring that I first ventured into an Oklahoma Museums Association workshop and began my journey with OMA. Like many that lead small, rural museums, I came into the profession without a background in museum studies and was more than a bit intimidated to face my learned colleagues. I’m happy to report that my fears were quickly assuaged, and that meeting Brenda, Stacy, and the many other members of Oklahoma’s amazing museum community has been one of the most professionally rewarding and personally fulfilling decisions of my career.

 

I’m honored to be a part of OMA’s board, which, in conjunction with its staff, provides resources, guidance, and programs in service to Oklahoma’s 500+ museums, cultural institutions, and arts organizations. I would encourage you, whatever your museum role - director, trustee, curator, or volunteer - and no matter your institution size, to become involved in OMA and reap the benefits of engaging with the many talented and dedicated members of our museum and nonprofit communities. Doing so can be transformative to both you and your organization. 

 

My thanks to my predecessor, Dan Provo, for his exceptional, steady guidance through these unprecedented times. Like the rest of the OMA board, he sets a high standard for leadership, which I am humbly honored to try and attain. I look forward to continuing to work with Dan, the board, and our wonderful OMA staff in serving you and the Oklahoma museum community in our efforts to educate, inform, and entertain! 

Contact Richard at [email protected].

Brenda GrangerBrenda Granger

OMA Executive Director
Brenda A. Granger is the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Museums Association. She started in that capacity in January 2005. From 1994-2005, Brenda served as Executive Director of the Edmond Historical Society Museum in Edmond, Oklahoma. Prior to that, she was Volunteer Coordinator/Promotions Manager at the Harn Homestead Museum in Oklahoma City. Immediatley following her graduate work, she was employed by the University of Oklahoma College of Architecture and Meacham and Associates Resource Planning and Design in Norman, Oklahoma where she conducted research, completed preservation surveys and wrote historical contexts for National Register Nominations.

Brenda grew up in Oklahoma and received her bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in History/Museum Studies. She received museum training at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. She serves on several boards, commissions and committees.

Contact Brenda at [email protected] or 405.424.7757.

Stacy O'DanielStacy O'Daniel

OMA Administrative & Program Associate
As Administrative & Program Associate, Stacy O’Daniel is responsible for the association’s membership program and donor database; assists with website, social media, newsletter and other marketing materials; conference and event planning and a myriad of additional tasks.

Stacy has worked for OMA since 1994. She previously served as a Curatorial Assistant for the Red Earth Museum and was a volunteer at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. Stacy graduated in 1991 from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in art history.

Contact Stacy at [email protected] or 405.424.7757.