The Oregon Museums Association empowers Oregon's museums to thrive.
Valuing inclusion and friendship, OMA strengthens connections throughout the Oregon museum community through:
Museums reflect, enrich, and engage Oregon’s diverse communities as essential drivers of economic and cultural vitality.
OMA envisions a world where museums across Oregon:
Reflect. Celebrate and respond to diverse populations; honor and demonstrate excellence in diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility; and practice community-based models of collecting, preserving and exhibiting that are accountable to historically marginalized communities.
Enrich. Are a source of joy; provide experiences that catalyze dialogue and positive social change; promote scholarship and access to museum resources; and are supported and abundantly funded.
Engage. Inspire communities through meaningful encounters with objects, displays, interactives, living stories and programs; engage audiences to expand their knowledge of history, art, culture, science and nature; and become conveners of community.
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.