We Love Our Members!

The Oklahoma Museums Association’s membership structure is relevant for Oklahoma museums and our profession. OMA is the statewide organization for museum staff, volunteers, board members, museums, museum partners, and other Oklahomans who have an interest in museums.

The information, insight, tools and connections which OMA membership offers allows museums, museum staff, volunteers and board members to be better equipped and motivated to pursue best practices resulting in strong institutions that engage citizens and enhance their communities.

OMA members are an important part of the collective Oklahoma museum voice. Members receive access to a variety of resources helping them feel connected to the museum profession. We know networking is an important part of becoming a close knit museum community.

We offer so much to benefit museum professionals and Oklahoma museums including:

Communications

Receive news you can use with an electronic subscription to the OMA e-list and quarterly online newsletter, MuseNEWS

Connections and Professional Interest Networks (PINS)

Network directly with peers sharing similar interests and concerns through professional interest networks at no additional cost. Professional network information below.

Professional Development

Advance your career with learning opportunities offered at discounted rates and informal resume review

Eligibility

Take advantage of your ability apply for scholarships, submit entries in the OMA Awards Program, and serve on OMA committees and the board of directors.
View of list of programs and services OMA offers here.

Membership in OMA is a valuable investment. With many involved members across Oklahoma, you will want to be a part of what OMA has to offer!

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    Difficult Times? OMA Can Help!

    If you are a current OMA individual or designated member and recently laid off or are having financial difficulty, or if you are a museum member struggling in this economy, OMA can provide some relief. Please contact the OMA office at info@okmuseums.org and let us know so we can extend your membership benefits for three additional months at no cost. A total of one extension per membership allowed. This program is subject to end at OMA’s discretion.

    In addition, OMA offers the following:
    – Visit the Find a Job page
    – Submit your resume to bgranger@okmuseums.org for an informal resume review

    Professional Interest Networks

    Professional interest networks provide opportunities for OMA members with similar responsibilities to share information and ideas. These online professional networks are FREE to OMA members. To participate in any or all of the online professional networks, sign up here or use the specific network link below.

    Oklahoma Museum Educators (OKME)

    Provides networking opportunities for those concerned with learning in museums to share information, ideas and materials related to museum education and promotes excellence in museum learning. Subscribe to OKME online network here

    Coordinator: Anna Studstill
    Edmond History Museum

    Oklahoma Native American Museum Professionals Association (OKNAMPA)

    Provides networking opportunities for individuals within the museum community concerned with Native American issues based on Native American approaches, viewpoints, values, histories, cultures, religions and life-ways. Subscribe to OKNAMPA online network here
    Coordinator: Interested individuals should contact the OMA office.

    Oklahoma Registrars Association (OKRA)

    Provides networking opportunities for registrars, collections managers, curators, preparators, volunteer curators, loan professionals and any other interested museum staff or volunteers to address current museum issues, primarily in relation to collections management, at a grassroots level. Subscribe to OKRA online network here

    Co- Coordinator:  Blake Norton
    Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center

    Co-Coordinator: Peter Kavourgias
    Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center

    Oklahoma Emerging Museum Professionals (OEMP)

    Provides networking opportunities for emerging professionals. Emerging professionals are defined as students and professionals in their first ten years of employment in the museum field.

    Co-Coordinator: Raina Melvin
    First Americans Museum

    Co-Coordinator: Tori Waldron
    Oklahoma City Museum of Ar

    OMA Scholarship Program

    Find information about the OMA Scholarship Program here.

    Awards Program

    THE 2023 AWARD SEASON is about, to begin with, the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Awards, Grammys, and the Oscars to name a few. Now is also a great time to get ready for the OMA Awards.

    The OMA awards program recognizes the people and projects that enrich Oklahoma museums and the public they serve. The awards celebrate museum supporters, volunteers, board members, or staff for their impact on Oklahoma museums or the museum profession and Oklahoma museums for their outstanding projects.

    This year, the awards program has been streamlined. Budget categories for projects have been removed as has the budget form. All entries will be judged on their own merit based on the nomination materials provided.

    Why Should You Submit?

    Size doesn’t matter when it comes to the OMA awards. Small, rural museums have just as much chance to win as large, metropolitan museums.

    You can honor a valuable volunteer, board member, or funder in a way that is tangible and memorable.

    In one word – recognition! Award winners are recognized publicly at the OMA Awards Celebration Dinner on September 14, 2023, promoted on the OMA website and in statewide media outlets, and included in the fall issue of the OMA quarterly newsletter.

    Get Ready to Submit

    Entries for the 2023 OMA Awards Program are now being accepted. Download all the information here. The deadline to submit an entry is Friday, May 19, 2023.

    Contact the OMA office with awards program questions at info@okmuseums.org or 405.424.7757

    Discounts

    OMA strives to provide discounts to members on a variety of products and services. In some cases, OMA receives financial support through discount partnerships when you use the links below to make purchases. Discounts are available at no additional cost to you or OMA. All discount proceeds we receive are used to support the OMA scholarship fund.

    OMA encourages you to independently research all products and services to ensure a perfect fit for you and your museum!

    Want to offer OMA members a discount? Read the OMA Business/Vendor Relations Policy and Discount Program Policy here.  After reviewing our policy, if your business is interested in participating in the OMA Discount Program, please contact Brenda Granger, OMA Executive Director.

    ARCHIVAL AND EXHIBIT SUPPLIES

    Gaylord Archival offers OMA members the following discounts and benefits when using the priority code OMA04 while shopping at Gaylord Archival:

    18% off Archival Supplies with 50% off shipping on supply orders over $200
    10% off Furniture, plus freight (Exhibit cases excluded)

    Orders to Gaylord Archival may be placed by telephone by calling 1.800.448.6160 or online at http://www.gaylord.com/ using priority code OMA04.

     COLLECTIONS MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE

    Re:Discovery Software offers OMA members the following discounts and benefits:
    • A 10% discount on licensing
    • 3 free months of hosting and support

    Visit Re:Discovery Software or call 434.975.3256.