Awards Program


 

Entries for the 2019 OMA Awards Program are being accepted. The Oklahoma Museums Awards program is a great way to receive recognition for your museum’s superior accomplishment and overall excellence. 
The OMA Awards Program:
  • Honors the excellence of Oklahoma museum programs, publications and exhibits that engage the museum’s community and meets their mission, and
  • Recognizes individuals and groups whose contributions have impacted Oklahoma museums and the museum profession.
OMA takes great pride in honoring the outstanding projects and dedicated individuals that make Oklahoma museums—large or small, rural or urban—shine!
The Basics
  • Begin by reviewing the Awards Prep Info Sheet. This step is very important!
  • The deadline to submit an entry is Friday, June 28, 2019.
  • There are two award types; individual/group awards and project awards.
  • Any OMA member may submit. Museums are encouraged to self-nominate for project awards.
  • Entries must be submitted online. Mail, fax, e-mail and in-person entries are not accepted.
  • A $25 entry fee is required for each entry submitted. Unlimited entries accepted. Submit only one entry per online form.
  • Pay online with credit card once the online form is complete, or send payment by mail. Payments by mail must be postmarked the same day entry is submitted to be considered.
  • Once you begin the online entry process, you are unable to save the entry and return later. 
  • Online entries are accepted as submitted; no changes or additions are allowed.
  • OMA reserves the right to disqualify any entry that does not meet all submission rules.
  • Submitted materials become the property of the Oklahoma Museums Association and may be used at OMA’s discretion.
  • Judges’ decisions are final.
Individual/Group Awards
  • Service to the Profession
  • Certificate of Recognition
Project Awards
  • Projects nominated must have been completed or in use between January 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019. Project categories are grouped by project budget.
  • Conservation or Preservation Project
  • Exhibit
  • Outreach or Education Program
  • Promotional Piece (brochure, invitation, press kit, poster, website, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
  • Publication (magazine, exhibition catalog, newsletter, etc.)
  • Technology Media (blog, interactive game, video, etc.
Recognition
All award entrants will receive status of their entry by July 19, 2019. Awards will be presented at the Awards Celebration Dinner the evening of September 19 at Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, as part of the OMA Conference.

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Oklahoma Museums Association 2018 Award Winners

Conservation or Preservation
Conservation or Preservation Budget Category $5,001 to $15,000
Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Davide Boriani “Superficie Magnetica no. 29”

Exhibits
Exhibits Budget Category $0 to $5,000
Oklahoma WONDERtorium, Emory Station (Honorable Mention)
Tulsa Historical Society & Museum, History of Greenwood & Tulsa Race Riot/Massacre Traveling Exhibit

Exhibits Budget Category $15,001 and over
Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center, Mamogosnan’s Gifts:
Origins of the Potawatomi People

Outreach or Education
Outreach or Budget Category $0 to $5,000
Old Greer County Museum & Hall of Fame Inc., Providing Positive Memories, From Past to Present

Outreach or Education Budget Category $5,001 to $15,000
The Museum Broken Arrow, Marmie: A Mouse on Main Street (Honorable Mention)
Top of Oklahoma Historical Society Museum, Oklahoma: Through Our Eyes Student Art Contest and Exhibition

Outreach or Education Budget Category $15,001 and over
General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum, Midland Young Leaders Challenge (Honorable Mention) 
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Investing in Oklahoma Students and Teachers: Professional Development Opportunities at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Promotional Piece
Promotional Piece Budget Category $0 to $5,000
Oklahoma WONDERtorium, Hometown Heroes (Honorable Mention)
Kalyn Burke and Oklahoma WONDERtorium, Summer of Building

Publication
Publication Budget Category $5,001 to $15,000
University of Oklahoma Libraries, Sooner Horizons

Technology Media
Technology Media Budget Category $15,001 and over
Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center, Mamogosnan’s Gifts: Origins of the Potawatomi People

Certificate of Recognition
Federal Judicial Learning Center & Museum of the United States District
Court for the Western District of Oklahoma

The OMA Awards program honors the excellence and quality of projects accomplished by members throughout the state. Also, the program recognizes individuals and groups whose contributions have impacted Oklahoma museums and the museum profession. The awards celebration and dinner is at 6 p.m. on September 20th at the Hilton Garden Inn Edmond & Edmond Conference Center.  Tickets to the Awards Banquet are $45 each and can be purchased here

 

Awards to be Presented During Annual Conference

The Oklahoma Museums Association has announced the award recipients being honored during its annual conference Sept. 19-21 in Edmond, Oklahoma. The awards program honors the excellence and quality of projects accomplished by members throughout the state. Also, the program recognizes individuals and groups whose contributions have impacted Oklahoma museums and the museum profession. 

OMA awards recognize achievements from the past 18 months in the categories of conservation, exhibits, promotional pieces, publications, outreach or education programs and technology media. The competition is further divided into project budget categories. In addition, awards for contributions of individuals, groups and businesses to Oklahoma museums or a specific museum in the community will be presented.

The awards celebration and dinner is at 6 p.m. on Sept. 20. Tickets sales are closed.

The OMA Conference is open to all board members, volunteers, students and staff of museums, historical societies, historic sites, zoos and botanical gardens, historic houses, living history museums, tribal cultural centers and other museum-related institutions. The annual conference and awards is one of the many programs and services offered by the OMA to further its mission to assist Oklahoma museums in their efforts to educate, inform and entertain. The conference registration deadline is Aug. 24. Download a conference booklet or register online at OKMuseums.org/conference.

The Oklahoma Museums Association is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization founded in 1972. Programming offered by the Oklahoma Museums Association is important as the primary source of information and professional development for Oklahoma’s 500 museums, historical societies, historic sites, zoos and botanical gardens, historic houses, living history museums, tribal cultural centers and other museum-related institutions.

Download the Press Release here