Conference


Future OMA Conferences


September 15-17, 2021 - Shawnee, Oklahoma

September 14-16, 2022 - Enid, Oklahoma


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.

2021 Oklahoma Museum Conference

Oklahoma Museum Conference
September 15-17, 2021
 Grand Casino Hotel & Resort, Shawnee

In-person conference plus virtual components
Smooth Sailing: Museums Charting New Waters

Please continue to check back as details will be posted as confirmed.

Oklahoma Museum Conference September 15-17 In-Person with On-Demand Virtual Offerings

Ahoy! Planning for the 2021 Oklahoma Museum Conference is underway. This year, we navigate the theme Smooth Sailing: Museums Charting New Waters. We are excited to return to an in-person conference this year with bonus on-demand virtual sessions and live streamed keynote on our virtual conference website.

2021 Oklahoma Museum Conference sponsorship and exhibitor information is available here.

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Deadlines
All opportunities are first come, first served.

April 30 • Last day for Early Bird Exhibit Hall rate when paid in full
June 30 • Last day to sign up for Sponsorships, Advertising, and Exhibit Hall Space
June 30 • All advertising artwork and video content are due to OMA


Conference Hosts
Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center
Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art

Sponsors to date

Oklahoma Today
Oklahoma Arts Council
National Endowment for the Arts
Oklahoma Humanities
National Endowment for the Humanities
Oklahoma Department of Libraries
Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board
National Historical Publications and Records Commission
Grand Casino Hotel & Resort
Exhibit Concepts
Jasmine Moran Children's Museum
Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
Route 66 Alliance

The Guild          3D Scans Plus

Exhibitors to date
3D Scans Plus
Certified Folder Display Service
Exhibit Concepts
Re:discovery Software, Inc.
Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation
Southwest Solutions Group
The Guild
The Springer Company

Conference Information

Why YOU Should Attend

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

Expand your network by connecting virtually with a wide range of attendees. 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 in the virtual exhibit hall.

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.

Conference Hotel

The Grand Casino Hotel & Resort
777 Grand Casino Blvd
Shawnee, Oklahoma 74804
405.964.7777

Room rates are $99 per night for a king or double queen room. Rate applies to stays on or between September 14-16, 2021. Room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes, currently 8.5% city tax and 7.77% hotel tax. Rate is available until August 1, 2021. After August 1, room rates will be at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort current rate.

Each room has many luxury features including spacious baths and Serta beds, 42" Flat Panel HD televisions, complimentary wireless & wired internet access, in-room safes, ironing board and irons, and Gilchrest and Soames bath products.

For reservations, call the Hotel directly at 405.964.7777 and indicate you are with Oklahoma Museums Association Conference. 

To book online, go to https://www.grandresortok.com/. Click Book a Room on the right hand corner of the website, then scroll down to Modify Search and enter your information. Use the following group code: 210914OKLA

All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card. 

Awards Program

Entries for the 2021 OMA Awards Program are now being accepted. Download the Awards Program. The deadline to submit an entry is Monday, June 7.  

Oklahoma Humanities and Oklahoma Museums Association Capacity Building Initiative

The Oklahoma Humanities and Oklahoma Museums Association Capacity Building Initiative is a collaborative effort. The goal is to engage and build capacity for Oklahoma’s 500+ museums from across the state, and especially rural, small or isolated museums through the Oklahoma Museum Conference in Shawnee, Oklahoma, as well as through membership in the Oklahoma Museums Association. In addition, the partnership will support the kickoff session at the 2021 Oklahoma Museums Conference with virtual components.

Want to be a part of this initiative?  We hope so! The process will be a competitive scholarship application that can be found at https://okmuseums.wufoo.com/forms/zz24xmh0ju2tdl/

If your museum is selected, you will receive one complimentary full conference registration (September 15-17, 2021 in Shawnee) and a $100 conference travel stipend. Your museum also will receive a one-year OMA Institutional Membership at the Pinnacle Level. We encourage all submissions, but please know that preference will be given to rural, small or isolated museums. The deadline to submit your application is June 15, 2021. 

Thank you to Caroline Lowery, Executive Director of Oklahoma Humanities for her vision and support of the Oklahoma Humanities and Oklahoma Museums Association Capacity Building Initiative.

Conference Scholarships

Oklahoma Humanities and Oklahoma Museums Association Capacity Building Initiative - see information above

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2021 In-Person OMA Conference Scholarships
The following OMA conference scholarship types are available:

- Speaker Session Only Scholarship 
- One-Day Conference Registration Scholarship (workshops and special events not included)
- Two-Day Conference Registration Scholarship (workshops and special events not included) 

To qualify for an OMA conference scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Complete the OMA conference application form here by the deadline.

Scholarships provided by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board with funding provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

 

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

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 15 if you have assistive needs at the conference.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers will be announced at a later date.

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.