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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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OMA New Year Lunchtime Meet Up

Thursday, January 21, 2021 12:30-1:30 pm

Join OMA for an informal lunchtime meetup. We’ll check in with everyone, share some of the successful event pivots you’ve had in the past few months, and how  you are staying positive as we move forward into the new year. We'll break into groups for you to chat and network with your colleagues.

Register to receive log-in details. This event is free! but please consider donating $5 to OMA.

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Listening to help integrate values-based equity: Guest curator Stephanie Littlebird in conversation with Five Oaks Museum

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 11 am – 12:30 pm


  • Stephanie Littlebird Fogel 
  • Molly Alloy and Nathanael Andreini 

Five Oaks Museum uses a values-centered and heart-centered approach to their work. They have switched to a guest curator model, allowing curators to decide the exhibition, which, in turn, has implications for how that exhibition affects the structure of the museum.

You don’t do equity in bits and pieces. By collaborating with others to explore how art, culture and history shape the past and influence the future, Five Oaks helps visitors connect to a collective local history made up of community voices and the important stories they tell.

Join Stephanie, Molly and Nathanael as they talk about the process of curating and exhibiting “This IS Kalapuyan Land.” Bring your own personal value(s) you hold close and discuss how to institutionalize them in your museum and work.

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

    OMA releases DEAI statement

    The Oregon Museums Association (OMA) is committed to advancing diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI). For Oregon's museums to build stronger connections with community members and support a more educated and culturally vibrant society, museums must address historical and contemporary systems of oppression. OMA pledges to use our platform and resources to dismantle systems, celebrate diversity, and amplify the voices of underrepresented communities.

    "OMA fulfills an important niche in strengthening relationships across the state."

    "This was a great conference, I'm excited for years to come!"

    "The OMA board demonstrates passion, professionalism, and kindness."

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    Contact: connect@oregonmuseums.org 
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