Conference


Future OMA Conferences


September 14-16, 2022 - Enid, Oklahoma

September 13-15, 2023 - Open

September 11-13, 2024 - Open


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.

 Museums: Bringing Communities A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow


Oklahoma Museum Conference

September 14-16, 2022
Enid, Oklahoma

Premier Sponsor - Visit Enid

 

Preliminary program available here.

2022 Sponsors to date

Visit Enid

   

Oklahoma Today

 


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

Wednesday Evening Event Sponsor: Exhibit Concepts 
Registration Table Sponsor: The Springer Company
Wi-Fi Underwriter: Monkey Works Creative

2022 Exhibitors to date

3D Scans Plus
Displays Fine Art Services
Exhibit Concepts
Martin&Martin Design
Midwest Art Conservation Center
Monkey Works Creative
Oklahoma Arts Council
Oklahoma Department of Libraries
Oklahoma Historical Society
Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation
Southwest Solutions Group
The Guild
The RoadRunner Press
The Springer Company
University of Oklahoma Press
Visit Enid

Exhibitor and Sponsor Information available here


More conference details to come, please check back often.

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 rate is $125/night + tax (single or double).  The deadline to book your hotel is August 14, 2022.

Use this link to book your hotel room at The GLō.

Room description:

  • Signature Gel Top Mattress
  • Microwave And Refrigerator
  • Non-Smoking
  • Individual Pod Coffee Maker
  • Work Desk With Power And Usb
  • Full Breakfast
  • High Speed Internet Access

CHECK-IN: 4:00 P.M. CST Check-Out: 11:00 A.M. CST

Welcome to GLō Best Western Enid OK Downtown/Convention Center Hotel located in Enid, Oklahoma a city with boundless opportunities, vibrant shopping, unique places to eat, and original events and attractions. Located right next to the Central National Bank Center, Stride Bank Center, and David Allen Memorial Ballpark. This new boutique hotel features sleek and modern finishes accented with bold pops of color that will delight both business and leisure travelers alike. A spectacular lobby will greet all guests as they arrive, providing room to relax and mingle with family and friends. The hotel features a state-of-the-art fitness center and a dynamic breakfast area is a hub for morning activity as guests fuel up for their day. This GLō hotel balances value, design and comfort ensuring guests have the best of each, creating a memorable travel experience. Some of the amenities available at our hotel are a complimentary breakfast, a bar, in-room work desk with signature Herman Miller desk chair, in-room coffee and tea maker, gel-topped signature mattress, stylish bath amenities, complimentary high-speed Internet, a fitness center, a business area with wireless, secured printing in the public area and on-site guest laundry.  We are also right next door to the Stride Bank Convention Center in the downtown area making it a perfect location for your trip. Our location at the junction of U.S. Highways 81 and 412 is not only easily accessible it has significant historical value. Enid is right where the paths of the Chisholm Trail and Cherokee Strip Land Run cross.

Awards Program and Dinner

The 2022 Awards Program is open. The deadline to submit is Friday, May 20, 2022.

All award entrants will receive status of their entry by Friday, July 8, 2022. Awards will be presented at the Awards Celebration Dinner the evening of September 15 in Enid, Oklahoma, as part of the Oklahoma Museum Conference.

For award categories, submission details and links to the online entry form, click 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

There are three types of scholarships available for the 2022 Oklahoma Museum Conference:

Speaker Session Scholarships are for speakers and cover only the session at which they are speaking. Wednesday workshops and events are not included. You do not have to be a current OMA member to apply.

Conference Registration Scholarships provide one conference registration. Wednesday workshops and events are not included. You must be a current OMA member to apply. 

Conference and Enclosure Workshop Registration Scholarships provide one conference registration plus the Enclosures in an Afternoon Wednesday workshop. Events are not inculded. You do not have to be a current OMA member to apply. This scholarship is provided by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board, with funding support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. 

Click specific scholarship link above to apply; deadline is Friday, July 22, 2022.

Help a colleague by donating to the OMA Scholarship Fund online.
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 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.