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2023 Annual Conference, "Bending the Rules." September 10-12, 2023, Bend, OR. Call for proposals now open!
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Welcome to the Oregon Museums Association

Founded in 1978, the Oregon Museums Association (OMA) is a nonprofit organization that provides resources and services to over 250 museums, cultural institutions and associated professionals throughout Oregon.

Mission: The Oregon Museums Association empowers Oregon's museums to thrive. Valuing inclusion and friendship, OMA strengthens connections throughout the Oregon museum community through:

  • Lively discussion and networking at in-person events and via online media;
  • Insightful programming and training at our annual conference and workshops;
  • Targeted advocacy to advance the museum field.

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2023 Annual Conference Call for Proposals

"Bending the Rules"

September 10-12, 2023, Bend, OR

We are accepting proposals for sessions and activities for our 2023 Annual Conference, "Bending the Rules," to be held in Bend this September! All session ideas will be considered and all are encouraged to apply.

The world has felt topsy-turvy for a while now, but in the museum field we are used to imagining beyond the expected. We embrace utilizing our resources, working with partners, and coming up with creative ways to overcome hurdles. Join OMA in Bend in September to explore ideas, programs and practices that bend the rules.

Deadline June 15, 2023.

Read the Call for Sessions.

July webinar: Interpretive training: Basics and beyond

Wednesday, July 12, 2023, 3 - 4:30 pm PST

This webinar will address interpretive training – what it is, why it is effective, and how using it imparts a message on your guests that they can then relay to others. Let’s discuss who should be trained in your organization and why. We will also share some tips and tricks, and handy resources to get started.

Presenter: Stacy Nalley, Public Outreach Coordinator, Oregon State Capitol and OMA board member.

  • OMA members: $15
  • Non-members: $25

Looking for new Board of Directors members

OMA is looking for members to join our Board of Directors. We are prioritizing the following:

  • Members from Central, Eastern, and Southern Oregon
  • BIPOC museum community
  • Members with advocacy, development, and membership experience
  • Members outside of museums such as businesses, consultants, nonprofits, foundations, local organizations, and retirees
Please read the job description and if you are interested, fill out our volunteer form.

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