Future OMA Conferences

September 18-20, 2019 - Choctaw Casino Resort, Durant

September 16-18, 2020  - Enid, Oklahoma

September 15-17, 2021 - Proposals Being Accepted, Deadline to Submit is September 1, 2019

For more information on hosting a future OMA conference, please send an inquiry email to Brenda Granger and/or download 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 of the conference.

2019 Conference Theme - Museums Rock: The Best of Oklahoma Museums

OMA conference standard registration has closed. On site registration available, but no meal or special event tickets will be available with on site registration.
OMA Conference Program

OMA has planned a great 2019 conference at the Choctaw Casino Resort from September 18-20, 2019.  The 2019 theme is Museums Rock: The Best of Oklahoma Museums and will showcase great programs, collections practices, fundraising and more. 

Download Conference Program

Download the OMA Conference Connection Mentor Program Information

Download Wednesday Evening Event Information, including directions (registration required by August 23 to attend Opening Reception)

The Three Valley Museum in Durant, where history rocks, will be hosting the Wednesday Night Opening Reception.  It will be great fun with exhibits, food, wine and Jazz. Enjoy back door access to The Country Framer gift shop…featuring handmade jewelry and gifts made of colored  glass…designed and fired on site by artist Alvina Ralls

At 6pm attendees are in for a special treat as the award winning Museum Confidential takes the stage. Museum Confidential is a behind-the-scenes podcast looking at museums like never before. Hosted by Jeff Martin of Philbrook Museum of Art and produced by Scott Gregory of Public Radio Tulsa. New episodes every two weeks. 

“One of our favorites” - Jim Richardson, MuseumNext 

Following the Opening Reception and Museum Confidential, all OMA donors are invited poolside to a thank you reception at the Choctaw Casino Resort from 8pm-9pm.  Following the thank you reception at 9pm, all conference participants are invited poolside for a jam session. Bring your instrument or just hum along with your peers.  We are sure it will be a ton of fun. See you there.

Conference sponsors

Discover Durant


Oklahoma Arts Council
National Endowment for the Arts 
Kirkpatrick Family Fund
Chahta Nowvta Aya Cultural Center and Cultural Services
Choctaw Casino Resort
Choctaw Nation
Big! Lots Foundation
OU Extended Campus
ITIN Museum Services
The Springer Company
Martin&Martin Design
Vann & Associates
Oklahoma Department of Libraries
Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board
Route 66 Alliance
Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum
Jasmine Moran Children's Museum
The Chickasaw Nation
OKPOP - Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture

Conference Hosts
Choctaw Casino Resort
Chahta Nowvta Aya Cultural Center and Cultural Services
Discover Durant
Three Valley Museum

Conference Exhibitors
3D Scans Plus
CP Solutions
Createco Studios
Certified Folder Display Service, Inc.
Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation
Exhibit Concepts, Inc.
Martin&Martin Design
Oklahoma Arts Council
Oklahoma Department of Libraries
Oklahoma Historical Society
OU Extended Campus
Re:discovery Software
Southwest Solutions Group, Inc.
The Springer Company
The University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies 
The University of Tulsa Museum Science & Management
University of Oklahoma Press
Vann & Associates
Western Center for the Conservation of Fine Art


2020 Oklahoma Museum Conference

Museums 2020: Changing Your Perspective
Stride Bank Center, Enid, September 16-18, 2020
Session proposals can be submitted online here
Deadline to submit a session proposal is January 31, 2020

Conference Information

Why YOU Should Attend

Museum budgets and staffing are tight; we know. But attending the OMA Annual Conference is valuable to you AND your museum. How?

Expand your network by connecting with a wide range of attendees (see above). A broad network provides a stable base from which to draw when you have questions or need guidance once you return home.

Build your knowledge and take innovative ideas back to your museum. Conference sessions cover a variety of topics from education to collections, fundraising to preservation, and marketing to best practices.

Visit with exhibitors to find products/services of value to your museum.

Grow within the profession by learning best practices and ways to increase outreach and services.

By participating in OMA, especially at the conference, the museum can position itself to be an active and vital part of your community.

Awards Program

View Award Winners Here

The OMA Awards program honors the excellence and quality of projects accomplished by members throughout the state. Also, the program recognizes individuals and groups whose contributions have impacted Oklahoma museums and the museum profession. The awards celebration and dinner is at 6 p.m. on September 19th at the Choctaw Casino Resort 


Assistive Needs

The Oklahoma Museums Association strives to ensure programs and activities are accessible to all interested persons, including those who are disabled, have impaired vision or hearing, or other sensory impairments. Please notify us no later than August 23 if you have assistive needs at the conference.

Conference Hotel

The conference hotel is the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant.  All conference events will take place at the hotel.  All conference attendees are responsible for making their own reservations and payment. 

OMA is holding a block of rooms for the conference.  You will need to call the hotel directly at 1-800-788-2464 to make your reservation.  When making your reservation, please refer to the block name Oklahoma Museums Association or block code 1909OKLAHO to receive the following rate, September 17-19, 2019.

Standard King, $99 per night plus tax, continental breakfast included
Standard Double Queen, $119 per night plus tax, continental breakfast included

The deadline to make a reservation at this rate in the OMA block of rooms is September 2.

There will be an early departure fee of $80 applied if you check our prior to your confirmed checkout date.  Name changes will not be accepted within 14 days prior to September 17.

Conference Scholarships

All scholarships have been given out for the 2019 OMA Conference.

Contributing to the OMA Scholarship Fund
Individuals may contribute directly to the OMA Scholarship Fund online 

A special thanks to the the Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission for providing scholarships to the archival workshop and conference.

Keynote Speaker

The 2019 Keynote speaker is Brian Vallo.  He will be speaking on the topic of new guidelines for critical considerations when a community or museum is thinking about collaborative work with indigenous institutions and thus developing long-term relationships by connecting communities with collections and engaging in meaningful programming for all

Brian Vallo Bio:
Pueblo of Acoma Governor, Brian Vallo, has over 25 years of experience working with Native American tribes throughout the Southwest. Mr. Vallo was a former Lt. Governor, the founding director of the Sky City Cultural Center and Haakú Museum at Acoma, and director of the Acoma Historic Preservation Office. Prior to his recent appointment as Governor, Vallo served as director of the Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe where he led a national initiative on proper stewardship of Native American collections. Vallo spearheaded the development and publication of protocols known as the Guidelines for Collaboration, a guide for how source communities and collecting institutions can work together to address the multitude of issues including long-term, culturally-relevant collections stewardship. Vallo has advised national and international museum curators and exhibition-design teams on the implementation of the Guidelines, including recent work with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Field Museum in Chicago. Since enactment of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act in 1990, Vallo has also been at the forefront on advocacy and education initiatives focused on the repatriation of cultural patrimony from museums and private collectors.  Vallo serves on notable non-profit boards including Santa Fe-based Chamiza Foundation, the Santa Fe Community Foundation, Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies at the University of New Mexico, and the Santa Fe Arts Commission. He attended New Mexico State University where he studied Business Administration and Marketing and later studied Anthropology at the University of New Mexico.


Conference Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received by the conference registration deadline 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.