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 a Success

A huge thanks to everyone who assisted with the 2018 conference and now we have already started planning the 2019 conference.

Museums Rock: The Best of Oklahoma Museums theme of 2019 OMA Conference
OMA is busy planning for the 2019 conference at the Choctaw Casino 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.

 

September 19-21, 2018 - Edmond
Reaching New Heights: Best Practices for Elevating Your Museum
Download the Conference Booklet here

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
Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center
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
Panera Bread
Route 66 Alliance
University of Central Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts
University of Oklahoma Extended Campus
Vann & Associates

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.
Martin&Martin Design
Museum Fabrication Group, LLC
Oklahoma Arts Council
Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits
Oklahoma Department of Libraries
Silver Leaf Gems
Southwest Solutions Group, Inc.
The Springer Company
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

 

 

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

Regular Registration closes August 24.  On-site registration is not accepted.

MEMBER RATE
Locate your member number on any OMA EList message or by calling the OMA office at 405.424.7757.

Workshops (optional; not included with registration)
Wednesday, September 19 (concurrent workshops)
Accessibility $25
Using Evalution to Elevate Your Visitor Experience $25
Community of Practice Museums - Invitation Only

Conference Registration
Option 1 • Full Conference (includes special events) $385
Option 2 • Two-Day (no special events) $305
Option 3 • Thursday Only (no special events) $245
Option 4 • Friday Only (no special events) $130

Special Events Registration (does not apply to Option 1 above)
Wednesday Opening Reception $35
Thursday Live Auction, Dinner and Awards $45

NON-MEMBER RATE
Workshops (optional; not included with registration)
Wednesday, September 19 (concurrent workshops)
Accessibility $45
Using Evalution to Elevate Your Visitor Experience $45
Community of Practice Museums - Invitation Only

Conference Registration
Option 1 • Full Conference (all inclusive) $460
Option 2 • Two-Day (no special events) $380
Option 3 • Thursday Only (no special events) $280
Option 4 • Friday Only (no special events) $145

Special Events Registration (does not apply to Option 1 above)
Wednesday Opening Reception $35
Thursday Live Auction, Dinner and Awards $45

Awards Program

The Oklahoma Museums Association has announced the award recipients being honored during its annual conference Sept. 19-21 in Edmond, Oklahoma. The 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. 

View the list of award winners here. The awards celebration and dinner is at 6 p.m. on Sept. 20. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased before Aug. 24 online here.

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

The deadline to apply for a regular OMA Conference Scholarship has passed.  Scholarship winners have been notified.  

Special Announcement: 2018 OMA Annual Conference Special Scholarship Opportunity - Preservation Assessments and the Small Institution 

Ten one-day conference scholarships are being made available by the Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board with funding from National Historical Publications and Records Commission to attend the 2018 OMA Annual Conference on Thursday, September 20.

The scholarship recipients are required to attend both parts of the conference session Preservation Assessments and the Small Institution on Thursday afternoon. Scholarships will be offered on a first-come basis. To apply for a scholarship, please complete the form here.  OMA thanks OHRAB and NHPRC for this opportunity.

Keynote Speaker

Solutions without Problems Conference Keynote Address by Brian Crockett
Brian Crockett has nearly 30 years of experience in museum training and coaching initiatives nationwide. He holds distinct competencies in nonprofit governance, strategic planning, board development, exhibition/program development, and community engagement. One of his current projects, "Finding Alternative Futures," via the Texas Association of Museums, seeks fresh and radical options in sustainability for history organizations.

Brian is the former founder and/or director of several notable multi-state museum initiatives: Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street, NEH on the Road, andthe Mid-America Arts Alliance's Hands-on Experiential Learning Program (HELP) and ENGAGE Houston, a six year initiative to employ people-based solutions for improved leadership, cheerful governance, and impactful public service.

As an independent museum consultant, Brian works from his home in Albuquerque, where the chile is hot and the skies are blue.

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.