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New for Spring/Summer 2024: Affinity Group Meet Ups

Affinity groups are hosted by OMA board members and will meet on Zoom once per quarter. Each host may structure their meet up a little differently, but all groups are open to folks of all experience levels and backgrounds. If you have an idea for an affinity group theme that is not on the list below, or if you’re interested in volunteering to host a group, please email us!

Collections & Exhibitions with Heather Christenbury, Executive Director and Curator of the Coos History Museum

Collections and exhibits are the backbone of museum work for many organizations. Still, it can be difficult to find the right resources or others to discuss the variety of common and not so common projects that curators, collections managers, registrars, archivists, and other museum specialists face daily. Join this group for an open conversation on different collections projects, exhibit ideas, resources, advice, and commiseration.

June 28

Development & Marketing
Peter Kukla, Community Engagement Director of the Eugene Science Center
Are you a museum professional who focuses on fundraising, communications, or both? Join this meet up to learn more about the work of others, share ideas and events, workshop drafts, learn more about each other's work, and build a statewide community for these key roles! Open to folks of all experience levels, museum types, and locations!
May 15 |August 21 | November 20

Directors & Senior Staff with Lydia Heins, Executive Director of the Coos Art Museum
It doesn't have to be lonely at the top! Join fellow executive directors and senior staff for an informal problem-solving group. Meet periodically to network, share insights, and tackle challenges together. Whether you are a museum staff of one or one hundred, build a community of museum leaders through collaborative discussions and actionable solutions.

merging Museum Professionals with Ariel Peasley, Museum Educator at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
Welcoming all emerging museum professionals, focusing on those who have beein the museum field for 10 years or less. However, this affinity group is open to all, including students, volunteers, folks in museum adjacent organiztions, folks in various museum fields or positions, folks interested in joining a museum, and those who have beein the field for more than 10 years. Look forward to a relaxed and informal zoom setting for open discussion, networking, idea generation, advice, success and struggles, and a little bit of fun.
June 20

Partnerships & Outreach with Val Van Alstyne, Community Engagement Manager at the Willamette Heritage Center
This meet-up will be focused on the impact and power of outreach and community partnerships. It’s for nonprofit leaders, staff, volunteers, community advocates, and business professionals. We can discuss the art of relationship building and talk about common obstacles and strategies for working through them like building trust, recognizing cultural sensitivity, and resource needs. I hope to collaborate on best practices and learn from each other during this time together.
Dates will be added soon

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