Conference


Future OMA Conferences

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

September 16-18, 2020  - Proposals being accepted.


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 OMA Conference Information.  Additional information will be posted as it is planned and made available.  Please continue to check this website for up to date information.

2019 Conference Theme - Museums Rock: The Best of Oklahoma Museums
OMA is busy planning for the 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. If you have an idea for a session proposal, please submit it online by January 31, 2019.  All ideas are welcome!  If you are interested in serving on the OMA conference program committee, please contact Brenda Granger by December 1.

Conference Sponsors (to date)
Oklahoma Arts Council
National Endowment for the Arts
Kirkpatrick Family Fund
Choctaw Casino Resort
Big Lots Foundation

Conference Hosts (to date)
Choctaw Casino Resort
Three Valley Museum

Conference Exhibitors (to date)
Certified Folder Display Service, Inc.
Exhibit Concepts, Inc.
Oklahoma Arts Council
Vann & Associates

Exhibitor information will be available in early 2019.

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.

Registration Rates

Information will be available in 2019.

Awards Program

The Oklahoma Museums Association will begin accepting award nominations in the spring of 2019.

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

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, breakfast buffet included
Standard Double Queen, $119 per night plus tax, breakfast buffet 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

Conference scholarship information will be posted as it becomes available in 2019.

Keynote Speaker

The 2019 Keynote speaker to be announced.

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.