Conference


Future OMA Conferences


September 14-16, 2022 - Enid, Oklahoma

September 13-15, 2023 - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

September 11-13, 2024 - Idabel, 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.

Session proposals are now being accepted for the 2023 Oklahoma Museum Conference here 

Conference Program

Thank you Enid for a great conference.  


Museums: Bringing Communities A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow


Oklahoma Museum Conference

September 14-16, 2022
Enid, Oklahoma

Premier Sponsor - Visit Enid

Final program available here

 

2022 Sponsors to date

Visit Enid

   

Oklahoma Today

 


Oklahoma Arts Council
National Endowment for the Arts
Visit Enid
City of Enid
Oklahoma Department of Libraries
Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board
National Historical Publications and Records Commission
The Guild
Martin & Martin Design
Old Home Rescue
Jasmine Moran Children's Museum
Lucidea
Route 66 Alliance
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center
Displays Fine Art Services
Leonardo's Children's Museum
University of Oklahoma Press

Wednesday Evening Event Sponsor: Exhibit Concepts 

Registration Table Sponsor: The Springer Company

2022 Exhibitors

Displays Fine Art Services
Exhibit Concepts
Jinjo Museum Consulting LLC
Martin&Martin Design
Midwest Art Conservation Center
Oklahoma Arts Council
Oklahoma Department of Libraries
Oklahoma Historical Society
Oklahoma Humanities
Old Home Rescue
OSU Library- Oklahoma Oral History Research Program
Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation
Southwest Solutions Group
The Guild
The RoadRunner Press
University of Oklahoma Press
Visit Broken Arrow
Visit Enid


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Finding Alternative Futures - Oklahoma Museum Conference Keynote 
OMA’s neighbor to the south, the Texas Association of Museums (TAM), recently completed a five-year initiative called Finding Alternative Futures (FAF). Phase One concentrated on financial sustainability and relevance while Phase Two addressed digital literacy. Ruth Ann Rugg, project director for FAF, will speak to results of this ambitious effort, focusing on Phase One. What is an “alternative future” for museums? In this context, it is finding a path forward through reinvention, partnership, or closure. Her talk will highlight ways that struggling museums re-imagined themselves in order to survive or sought a graceful exit strategy. 

Ruth Ann Rugg is an established museum professional with four decades of leadership and experience. She served the Texas Association of Museums (TAM) for 14 years, as Executive Director (2008-2016) then as Director of Special Projects (2016-2022). In addition, she is Managing Director of COSMA, the Coalition of State Museum Associations (2017-present). Ruth Ann is well-versed in the challenges facing both museums and museum associations today. 

A native Texan and resident of Fort Worth, Ruth Ann received her education at Texas Christian University. Her museum career includes posts at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, where she worked in the 1980s; the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, where she worked in the 1990s; and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Dallas, where she worked in the 2000s. 

Ruth Ann is an advocate for collaboration and productive partnerships within the cultural heritage and museum community. Twice in her career she has played a leadership role in establishing and strengthening new nonprofits, utilizing her expertise in organizational dynamics and consensus building. 

 

Conference Information

Conference Hotel

2022 Conference Hotel is GLō Best Western Downtown Enid/Convention Center, 123 W Maine Avenue Enid, Oklahoma 73701. This hotel is located next door to the Stride Bank Convention Center, which is where the Oklahoma Museum Conference will take place. The GLō hotel is sold out, as of 8/15/2022.

Other suggested hotels in Enid include the following.  Reservations are on your own as there is not a block of rooms. 

SpringHill Suites
5815 KL Drive, Enid
580-540-4256

LaQuinta Inn & Suites
4914 W. Owen K. Garriott, Enid
580-233-7100

Country Inn & Suites
710 Mill Run Rd., Enid
580-540-4351

Awards Program and Dinner

The Oklahoma Museums Association (OMA) has selected award recipients to be honoring during its Oklahoma Museum Conference Sept. 14-16 in Enid, Oklahoma. The awards program honors the excellence and quality of projects accomplished by OMA members throughout the state as well as dedicated individuals whose contributions positively impact Oklahoma museums and the museum profession. 

View the list of award winners here

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 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 Scholarships

The deadline to apply for a conference scholarship has passed and applications are closed.

Registration Rates

Early Bird REGISTRATION (ends August 5) Payment for Early Bird registration is due by August 5.

Early Bird Conference Registration
   $230 OMA Member Discount
   $305 Basic

Wednesday Workshop Registration Workshops run concurrently on Wednesday 1pm-4pm
Framing 101 (limit of 12) - $25 OMA Member Discount; $45 Basic
Enclosures in an Afternoon (limit of 10) - $45 OMA Member Discount; $65 Basic
Public Art Tour - $25 OMA Member Discount; $45 Basic

Event Registration
   $35 Wednesday Evening Opening Reception
   $35 Thursday Lunch, Annual Meeting, Keynote
   $55 Thursday Evening Live Auction, Dinner, and Awards

Standard REGISTRATION (August 6 - August 26) Payment for Standard registration is due by August 26.

Standard Conference Registration
   $280 OMA Member Discount
   $355 Basic

Wednesday Workshop Registration Workshops run concurrently on Wednesday 1pm-4pm
Framing 101 (limit of 12) - $25 OMA Member Discount; $45 Basic
Enclosures in an Afternoon (limit of 10) - $45 OMA Member Discount; $65 Basic
Public Art Tour - $25 OMA Member Discount; $45 Basic

Event Registration
   $35 Wednesday Evening Opening Reception
   $35 Thursday Lunch, Annual Meeting, Keynote
   $55 Thursday Evening Live Auction, Dinner, and Awards

Last Chance REGISTRATION (August 27 - September 16)
Last Chance registration includes conference sessions only; Wednesday workshops and events are not available to add. Must be paid in full at time of registration. OMA Member Discount does not apply to Last Chance registration.

$405 Last Chance Conference Registration (conference sessions only)

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 Speaker

Finding Alternative Futures with Ruth Ann Rugg

OMA’s neighbor to the south, the Texas Association of Museums (TAM), recently completed a five-year initiative called Finding Alternative Futures (FAF). Phase One concentrated on financial sustainability and relevance while Phase Two addressed digital literacy. Ruth Ann Rugg, project director for FAF, will speak to results of this ambitious effort, focusing on Phase One. What is an “alternative future” for museums? In this context, it is finding a path forward through reinvention, partnership, or closure. Her talk will highlight ways that struggling museums re-imagined themselves in order to survive or sought a graceful exit strategy.

Ruth Ann Rugg Ruth Ann Rugg is an established museum professional with four decades of leadership and experience. She served the Texas Association of Museums (TAM) for 14 years, as Executive Director (2008-2016) then as Director of Special Projects (2016-2022). In addition, she is Managing Director of COSMA, the Coalition of State Museum Associations (2017-present). Ruth Ann is well-versed in the challenges facing both museums and museum associations today. A native Texan and resident of Fort Worth, Ruth Ann received her education at Texas Christian University. Her museum career includes posts at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, where she worked in the 1980s; the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, where she worked in the 1990s; and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Dallas, where she worked in the 2000s. Ruth Ann is an advocate for collaboration and productive partnerships within the cultural heritage and museum community. Twice in her career she has played a leadership role in establishing and strengthening new nonprofits, utilizing her expertise in organizational dynamics and consensus building.

Conference Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received by the conference standard registration deadline are eligible for a refund unless otherwise noted. Cancellations received after the standard 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.