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
Smooth Sailing: Museums Charting New Waters
September 15-17, 2021
 Grand Casino Hotel & Resort, Shawnee

In person conference September 15-17
On-demand access September 20-October 3

Ahoy! This year, we navigate the theme Smooth Sailing: Museums Charting New Waters. We are excited to return to an in-person conference with on-demand access to the virtual conference website. On-demand content will feature select conference sessions as well as additional bonus material not presented at the conference. All registrants can attend in person, virtually, or both!

Preliminary Program
Conference Pricing

Early Bird Registration (ends August 6)
Standard Registration (August 7-August 27)
Last Chance Registration (August 28-September 17)

To purchase awards banquet tickets, please use the registration links above.

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Information
All opportunities are first come, first served.
2021 Oklahoma Museum Conference sponsorship and exhibitor information is available here.

Deadlines:
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

Citizen Potawatomi Nation

 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
University of Oklahoma Press
Exhibit Concepts
Jasmine Moran Children's Museum
Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
Route 66 Alliance

The Guild          3D Scans Plus          Martin&Martin Design

Exhibitors to date

3D Scans Plus
Exhibit Concepts
Martin&Martin Design
NEDCC | Northeast Document Conservation Center
Oklahoma Arts Council
Oklahoma Department of Libraries
Oklahoma Historical Society
Re:discovery Software, Inc.
Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation
Southwest Solutions Group
The Guild
The Springer Company
University of Oklahoma Press (virtual only)
Visit Shawnee
Western Center for the Conservation of Fine Arts

Conference Information

Why YOU Should Attend

Museum budgets and staffing are tight; we know. But attending the Oklahoma Museum 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 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 and Dinner

OMA award winners have been announced, click here to view the press release and see the list of winners.

Live Auction, Dinner and Awards Celebration 6:00pm-9:00pm • Held at The Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Cost: $45 Begin the night with a cash bar then, enjoy a short live auction to support OMA programs with our fantastic master of ceremonies Ken Busby! Auction items include Kendra Scott jewelry, painting by Lana Loqez, and everyone’s favorite, a decorative gourd by John Hernandez. Then, enjoy dinner and a celebration recognizing this year’s award winners. OMA takes great pride in honoring the outstanding projects and dedicated individuals that make Oklahoma museums—large or small, rural or urban—shine!

Purchase your awards banquet ticket at the links below

Early Bird Registration (ends August 6)
Standard Registration (August 7-August 27)
Last Chance Registration (August 28-September 17)


Conference Scholarships

2021 OMA Conference Scholarships closed July 27, 2021.

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 as well as Oklahoma Humanities.

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

Kickoff session on Thursday, September 16 at 9:00am
The Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Conference Center
Harold Stevenson: Banned at the Guggenheim
Small, rural museums have the ability to create intimate and deep relationships with their community members. The Museum of the Red River launched a 2020 retrospective of their hometown artist, Harold Stevenson. The museum’s efforts were not unlike those of the artist they featured. Harold Stevenson also had to smooth the waters and chart new courses at every turn of disappointments, failures, and calamities during his eighty-year career as an international artist. In 1963 he was banned from the Guggenheim. In 2005, Stevenson’s ship finally came in when the Guggenheim included him in their permanent collection. This presentation describes how the museum reset their sails when Covid-19 interrupted and still found a way to connect with their community. Come to this session for a chance to win an exhibition catalog donated by Museum of the Red River.
Speaker: Dian Jordan, Ph.D., is a sociological researcher focusing on qualitative methods relating to rural and disadvantaged populations. When not teaching for the University of Texas Permian Basin, she analyzes oral histories, letters, photographs, exhibition catalogs, and ephemera of the Harold Stevenson (1929 – 2018) archives. In 2019 – 2020, she served as the visiting curator at the Museum of the Red River in Idabel, Oklahoma where she presented Art in Community: The Harold Stevenson Collection. She received her Ph.D. from Texas Woman’s University and a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma.
Thanks to Oklahoma Humanities for their support with this session.

Keynote address on Thursday, September 16 at 12:15pm
Lunch, Annual Meeting and Keynote The Grand Casino Hotel & Resort
In 2012 the Citizen Potawatomi Nation open its Eagle Aviary as a permanent home for injured Eagles that cannot be returned to the wild, while also offering a space for ceremony, reflection, and prayer. At the time, it was only the fifth aviary of its kind in the United States. Since then, it has provided a platform for programming focused on rekindling our cultural traditions and educating thousands of visitors about conservation and raptor husbandry. CPN Eagle Aviary and Cultural Heritage Center staff will share some of their greatest trials and successes, and highlight ways our collaboration has furthered the mission of both programs – to reconnect people to our living culture.
Speakers: Jennifer Randell and Bree Dunham, Managers, Citizen Potawatomi Nation Eagle Aviary; Dr. Kelli Mosteller, Executive Director, Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center

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.