Conference


Future OMA Conferences


September 16-18, 2020  - Enid, Oklahoma

September 15-17, 2021 - To be announced


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.


  2020 Oklahoma Museum Conference
  Museums 2020: Changing Your Perspective
September 16-18, 2020
Stride Bank Center, Enid

  Session proposals can be submitted online here

  Deadline to submit a session proposal
is January 31, 2020

Hosted by Visit Enid

 

 

Thank you to the following exhibitors who will be joining us in 2020.

Certified Folder Display Service, Inc.
Exhibit Concepts, Inc.
Martin&Martin Design
Oklahoma Arts Council
Oklahoma Department of Libraries
Oklahoma Historical Society
University of Oklahoma Press
Vann & Associates
Western Center for the Conservation of Fine Art

The 2020 Oklahoma Museum Conference Exhibitor Prospectus will be available January 2020.  
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Museums Rock - 2019 OMA Conference is a Wrap

Thanks to everyone who attended and made the 2019 OMA conference such a success. As evidenced by the conference, rest assured that Oklahoma museums really do Rock. The Choctaw Nation, Three Valley Museum, Choctaw Casino Resort and community of Durant were such gracious hosts.

To sum up the conference in song…… I Gotta Feeling everyone who attened the conference was exposed to new insights and A Whole New World of ideas that will make them Happy and their museum stronger. There Ain’t No Mountain High Enough to stop you from brining the new and innovative ideas to your Nine to Five job.  We enjoyed To Getting To Know You and introduced you to All My Rowdy Friends at the conference, afterall, We Are Family.  Thanks for leaving your Suit and Tie at home, and learning about The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of museum work and joining in the Celebration of museums.  That’s The Way, uhu, uhu, We Like It.

 

2019 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
MuseWork
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

 

 

Conference Information

Why YOU Should Attend

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

Expand your network by connecting 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.

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 2019 Award Winners Here

The 2020 Awards Program will open in Spring 2020.

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.

Conference Scholarships

Scholarships to the 2020 Oklahoma Museums Conference will open in the spring of 2020

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

 

 

Keynote Speaker

The 2020 Keynote speaker is Berkeley Young.  Mr. Young will be speaking on changing the perspective of museum staff and board members to enhance the museum visitor experience.

Bio:
Berkeley’s experience includes serving as the Executive Director of a start-up convention and visitor’s bureau and a director of a chamber of commerce in which he oversaw the creation and success of a research-based tourism marketing program for a rural county in the mountains of North Carolina. Young was hired as Director of Sales and quickly promoted to General Manager of a large golf resort managed by Interstate Hotels Corporation. Young joined Randall Travel Marketing in 1998 as Vice President conducting research for DMOs throughout the United States. He opened Young Strategies in November 2004 focusing on strategic planning and research for destination marketing organizations. Young is a top rated speaker at regional and national conferences.

 

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.