Standards for Excellence 2.0 offered to Rural Museums in 13 Oklahoma Counties

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Standards for Excellence 2.0 offered to Rural Museums in 13 Oklahoma Counties

The Oklahoma Museums Association is happy to offer the Standards for Excellence 2.0 for rural museums which is being funded in part by the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation and presented by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.  This program is provided in communities with a population of less than 6,000 (as of the 2016 U.S. Census) within one of the following Oklahoma counties: Adair, Atoka, Bryan, Cherokee, Choctaw, Coal, Haskell, Johnston, Latimer, McCurtain, McIntosh, Okfuskee and/or Pushmataha. Your museum must be located in one of these counties to apply.

Applications closed September 1

The two-day Standards for Excellence 2.0 program will take place Monday, January 9, 2023 and Tuesday, January 10, 2023 from 10am-5pm at the Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma City. Lunch will be provided as well as a travel/hotel stipend not to exceed $200. Two individuals from each organization are encouraged to attend, preferably the board chair being one of the attendees. At the conclusion of two days of training, museums will receive the Standards for Excellence 2.0 certificate.

What you will learn:
Session 1: Mission, Strategy, & Evaluation
Session 2: Leadership, Board, Staff, & Volunteers
Session 3: Finance & Operations
Session 4: Public Awareness, Engagement, & Advocacy

What you will get:
-Send up to two representatives to each of the four clinic series classes
-Receive a hard copy and electronic version of the Standards for Excellence Educational Resource Packet Manual, which contains information, sample policies, forms and other resources to help organizations implement the standards
-Receive an electronic copy of the Standards for Excellence Model Employee Handbook
Pinnacle level membership in the Oklahoma Museums Association for one year

The Standards for Excellence 2.0 will be taught by Jessica Manry, PhD. with supplemental museum collections best practices provided by the Oklahoma Museums Association.

This training is valued at $2000 per organization, including travel and $125 OMA membership.

The deadline to apply is September 1, 2022. Museums will be notified of their selection by October 1, 2022 with the signed letter of commitment due to the OMA office by October 7, 2022.

If selected, your museum will be required to sign a letter of commitment.



Jessica Manry, Ph.D.
Senior Manager of Learning and Consulting
Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits

The course will be taught by Jessica Manry, Ph.D. She is a Tulsa native who values the indispensable work nonprofits do in Oklahoma. Her current role at Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits allows her to combine her abiding passions—facilitation, learning, and engaging community change work—on a daily basis. She thrives on the “aha” moments in learning environments that can legitimately shift the direction of someone’s thinking or make their work in the community more powerful.

Jessica returned to Oklahoma in 2019 after spending eight years at the University at Albany, SUNY, where she received a doctorate in English Literature. Jessica began teaching at universities in 2009; since then, she has taught at the University of Oklahoma, the University at Albany, and the University of Tulsa. In her most recent role at the University of Tulsa, she was a Student Success Coach and Curriculum Coordinator for 30+ sections of First Year Experience, Transfer Experience, and Effective Learning Strategies courses. There, she oversaw instructor training and the design and implementation of first-year courses. As a certified coach, Jessica worked with students in one-on-one sessions to provide a holistic, individualized support. Her coaching and curriculum work with first-year students emphasized Community, Finances, Effectiveness, Time Management, and Academics.


Training funded in part by the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation

About the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation
The Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation was established in 1995 by the late Carolyn Watson, CEO and chair of Shamrock Bank, N.A. Since its establishment , the Foundation has provided more than $2 million to schools, charitable organizations, and state and local government entities working to improve the quality of life in rural Oklahoma communities. The grant programs are administered by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. For more information, visit

About the Oklahoma City Community Foundation
Founded in 1969, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that works with donors throughout the state to create charitable funds that will benefit our community both now and in the future. For more information, visit