Conference


Future OMA Conferences

September 18-20, 2019 - Choctaw Casino, Durant

September 16-18, 2020  - Proposals accepted until September 1, 2018.  See link below


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.

2018 OMA Conference

September 19-21, 2018 - Edmond
Reaching New Heights: Best Practices for Elevating Your Museum
Look for the conference booklet and early bird rates in late spring 2018.
OMA Earlybird rate will end on August 3.

Who Attends?  YOU should!
Each year, the OMA conference attracts 150-200 museum professionals of all levels: executive directors, development officers, exhibit staff, educators, curators, collections managers, registrars, archivists, museum store managers, visitor services managers, board members, volunteers and students interested in museum careers.

Conference Sponsors
Edmond Convention & Visitors Bureau
Hilton Garden Inn Edmond & Edmond Conference Center
Oklahoma Arts Council
National Endowment for the Arts
Kirkpatrick Family Fund
Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation
Oklahoma Department of Libraries
Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board
ITIN Museum Services
Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum
Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits
Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum
Route 66 Alliance
University of Central Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts
University of Oklahoma Extended Campus
Vann & Associates

Contact Brenda Granger for more information on conference sponsorships.

Conference Hosts
Edmond Convention & Visitors Bureau
Hilton Garden Inn Edmond & Edmond Conference Center
Edmond Historical Society and Museum
1889 Territorial Schoolhouse
Fine Arts Institute of Edmond
Laboratory of History Museum - University of Central Oklahoma

Conference Exhibitors
Back40 Design
Certified Folder Display Service, Inc.
Createco Studios
Exhibit Concepts, Inc.
Grant Writers of Edmond
Martin&Martin Design
Museum Fabrication Group, LLC
Oklahoma Arts Council
Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits
Oklahoma Department of Libraries
Southwest Solutions Group, Inc.
University of Central Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts
University of Oklahoma Extended Campus
University of Oklahoma Press
University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies
University of Tulsa Museum Science and Management Program
Vann & Associates
Western Center for the Conservation of Fine Art

Very limited space exhibit space is still available.  Contact [email protected] for more information on being an exhibitor.

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

2018 OMA Awards Program, Nominate Your Museum Today

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 20th at the Hilton Garden Inn Edmond & Edmond Conference Center.

Entries for the 2018 OMA Awards Program are being accepted. Organizations are encouraged to self-nominate!  The Oklahoma Museums Awards program is a great way to receive peer endorsement for your museum’s superior accomplishment and overall excellence.

OMA recognizes museums large and small or rural and urban, strive to engage their communities and meet their missions through programs, publications and exhibits. The OMA Awards Program honors the excellence and quality of these projects. Additionally, the program recognizes individuals and groups whose contributions have impacted Oklahoma museums and the museum profession. OMA takes great pride in honoring the quality projects and dedicated individuals that make Oklahoma museums shine!

More information and online application here, Deadline to submit is June 22.

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 September 1 if you have assistive needs at the conference.

Conference Hotel

Hilton Garden Inn Edmond & Edmond Conference Center
2833 Conference Drive (Covell & I-35), Edmond OK 73034

Oklahoma Museums Association (OMA) Conference exhibitors and participants are eligible for the group discount rate of $109.00 + tax/night using this link. Rates is for single occupancy. An extra charge per person may apply for 2 or more guests sharing the same guestroom. Deadline to book at this rate is August 19, 2018.

Room rate includes breakfast. If you are not staying at the hotel, a breakfast buffet is available for $9.95 + tax.

Conference Scholarships

Each year, OMA awards scholarships to the OMA Annual Fall Conference.  The following OMA conference scholarship types are available:

Scholarships are awarded on a demonstrated need basis to qualified applicants and cover registration fees only. Travel, lodging, and per diem are not included in the scholarship award. OMA reserves the right to limit the number of scholarships available. OMA scholarship decisions are final. Priority will be given to individuals/organizations who have not received a scholarship from OMA in the past year to attend training.

To qualify for an OMA conference scholarship, an applicant must:
- Be a member in good standing of the Oklahoma Museums Association
- Complete the OMA conference application form here by the deadline of July 20.

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.