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  • 24 May 2017 2:49 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Spring 2017 Heritage Tourism Workshops:

    Succeeding with Heritage Tourism: Market Information, resources, and Ideas for Attracting More Visitors through Creative Collaboration
    Ontario – June 7, 8:30-12:30, Four Rivers Cultural Center
    Roseburg – June 15, 8:30-12:30, Jasmine’s Events Center

    Preliminary Agenda

    This workshop is brought to you by the Oregon Heritage Commission, with funds donated by Oregonians to the Oregon Cultural Trust. 

  • 15 May 2017 2:20 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    The Elisabeth Walton Potter Oregon Heritage Preservation Scholarship provides financial assistance for Oregon residents to attend a preservation-related conference, workshop, or training in the United States. Eligible travel expenses include registration fees, transportation, lodging, and meals. Scholarships are offered to those actively involved in local preservation efforts and who demonstrate how attendance at a preservation-related conference, workshop, or training will help meet the preservation needs of their local community. Scholarships are competitive and offered twice per year. 
    2017 Application Deadlines 
    Next deadline: June 2, 2017

    Visit the Oregon Heritage website to complete the application. 

    Katie Henry
    Phone: (503) 986-0671

  • 21 Mar 2017 1:20 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    The Oregon Museums Association is dedicated to supporting museums across the state. Founded in 1978, OMA provides resources and services to over 200 museums, cultural institutions, and professionals. We believe that museums are valuable cultural resources and vital community assets.

    From Ontario to Astoria, federal agencies like the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) are catalysts for positive change and growth. From 2014-2016, the NEA, NEH, and IMLS collectively granted more than $3.1 million directly to museums in Oregon. Additional funding to other Oregon agencies includes $2 million to Oregon Humanities and $2.2 million to the Oregon Arts Commission, some of which was re-granted to Oregon museums.

    Museums play a vital role in the lives of all Oregonians. Thanks to an IMLS grant, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation updated their permanent exhibition at the Tamastslikt Cultural Center to bring a modern lens to the lifeways and contributions of local indigenous peoples. With a NEA grant, the Schneider Museum of Art hosted In Sight, Insight, Incite, which brought a series of artist lectures, conversations, and demonstrations to the Southern Oregon University museum. A NEH grant enabled the Jordan Schnitzer Museum to showcase America’s diverse history and traditions by preserving objects such as their contemporary Mexican photographic prints and pieces by mid-century American graphic illustrator Rolf Klep.

    Cultural funding is essential. As the Oregon Museums Association Board of Directors, we have unanimously voted to release this statement in support of our partner agencies. Museums matter, and OMA will continue to advocate for the safeguarding of our state’s vibrant museum community.

    The Oregon Museums Association Board of Directors

  • 14 Mar 2017 1:58 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    This month the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) released TrendsWatch 2017, an annual report that summarizes museum trends identified through research conducted by the Center for the Future of Museums (CFM). Widely regarded as a key resource for the museum field, the sixth edition of TrendsWatch is free to the public and available for download online.

    “The year 2017 may well be shaped as strongly by events as it is by trends,” said CFM Founding Director Elizabeth Merritt. “For example, you can’t read about mass migration without reflecting on how the Greek economic crisis, military and terrorist actions by the Islamic State, and Britain’s vote to leave the European Union have and will influence the movement of people across the world. Even small actions can create huge ripple effects through time.”

    The 2017 trends include:

    • A Mile in My Shoes: closing the empathy deficit
    • Let Justice Roll Down: the next horizon of civil rights
    • The Rise of the Intelligent Machine
    • Reshaping the World: migration, refugees, and forced displacement
    • Failing Toward Success: the ascendance of agile design

    TrendsWatch 2017 is brimming with museum examples of these trends:

    • The Empathy Museum in the United Kingdom lets visitors literally walk a mile in another person’s shoes while listening to an audio narrative of that person’s life. 
    • The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) introduced a “failure-friendly” approach to project management that included rapid iteration and direct public engagement throughout the design process.
    • In Williamstown, MA, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institutepartnered with the juvenile court system to offer an alternative sentencing program for high school students that included group meetings with writing and self-awareness exercises, gallery talks, and the use of art as a catalyst for examining their lives and their potential.
  • 13 Mar 2017 2:11 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s (The Met) Department of Scientific Research is embarking on an Institute of Museum and Library Services funded project to evaluate a wide variety of commonly used conservation, storage, shipping, and building supplies that are readily available and used in North America. The goal is to determine the appropriateness of those materials for use near or in contact with cultural heritage objects. All results and data will be made publically available at no cost online.

    They are currently seeking lists of the materials used by museums, libraries, archives, private conservators, collections managers, shippers, art handlers, or anyone whose main business is the preservation, exhibition, transport, or handling of cultural heritage objects. After collating and selecting a broad range of the most widely used and promising materials, they will conduct both the Oddy test and a chemical analysis of volatiles for each material.  

    If you are willing and interested in sharing information about materials used in your practice of preserving, displaying, storing, or shipping cultural heritage objects, please reply to Dr. Eric Breitung of The Met (contact information below).  The call for materials will be ongoing throughout the project, however, the main selection of materials for testing will occur by August 2017.  Those interested in contributing will be sent a basic spreadsheet where information such as make, model, supplier, and material type can be recorded.  Kindly note that we will select materials for testing based on this call; even if you utilize only a handful of materials, please consider contributing.

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  • 26 Jan 2017 8:49 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Applications for the Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program are now available on the FAIC website. This program provides small museums with financial support toward a general conservation assessment performed by a collections assessor and a building assessor. Additional information is available at www.conservation-org/cap.

    The application period will close on March 1, 2017.

    If you have any questions, please contact:


    Tiffani Emig | CAP Program Coordinator

    t 202-750-3346 | f 202-452-9328 | @conservators | Facebook



    1156 15th St., NW | Suite 320 | Washington, DC | 20005


  • 18 Oct 2016 12:20 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Upcoming NPI Seminar: November—Salem, OR


    Section 106: An Introduction

    Salem, OR—November 1-3, 2016


    Learn the basics of project review under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. This seminar emphasizes practicalities—how to avoid pitfalls and victimization by myths. Discuss recent changes in regulations and procedures, with an emphasis on coordination with the National Environmental Policy Act and other laws. Read full agenda.




    NPI, a nonprofit organization founded in 1980, educates those involved in the management, preservation, and stewardship of cultural heritage.


    Questions? Please contact us. Thank you.


    National Preservation Institute / 703.765.0100 / /

  • 13 Sep 2016 10:42 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Join us in Eugene for two days of exploring the theme Engage! Registration can be found at our events page. Early bird registration ends on October 1, and you can save even more money by becoming or renewing your membership to OMA first!

  • 15 Mar 2016 8:07 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)
    The Oregon Museums Association is accepting session proposals for the 2016 OMA Annual Conference, October 23-25, at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History in Eugene, Oregon. We are looking for energized presenters to discuss projects and programs from the state that focus on community engagement, public outreach, new skills, techniques and innovative ideas for community-minded museums.

    The theme for the conference is "Engage!” There will be hands on workshops, informative breakout sessions, and exciting networking opportunities.

    If you are interested in presenting at the 2016 OMA Annual Conference, please download the session proposal and send it to The deadline for proposal submissions is Thursday, June 30, 2016.

    We hope to see you in Eugene!
  • 08 Feb 2016 3:04 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    This coming Saturday is the next meeting of the Pacific Northwest Maritime Heritage Council.

    Date: February 13th, 2016

    Time: 10:00 AM
    Northwest Maritime Center, Port Townsend Washington
    Optional lunch $15 (feel free to bring your own)
    Links to lodging options here:
    RSVP here:

    Format: We're setting our sights of having a single, high impact session this year that shifts the emphasis of the meeting towards diving in on a topic of mutual interest, and bringing in an expert add to the collective wisdom already in the room and help us all make our own organizations stronger.

    This year's topic: Membership

    Many of our organizations have membership models, and from a cursory survey it seems that most of our membership levels are static or in the decline. We will be bringing in a speaker to talk about membership with the intention of helping us grow membership in our museums and non-profits. Topics to be addressed:
        •    Nationwide trends in membership

        •    Is the membership model dead?
        •    Membership in the age of social media
        •    Strategies to grow membership
        •    How does membership fit into an overall fundraising strategy

    This will be a seminar and a working session, bring your notebook!

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