TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 17, 2012) - Nearly 300 museum workers, students and stakeholders from Ontario's 600+ museums, galleries and historic sites will gather in the Niagara Region for the special 40th Anniversary edition of the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) Annual Conference, October 17-19, 2012.
Three days of events start with Study Tours Wednesday, October 17, exploring museums and important War of 1812 locations, followed by the Opening Reception at the renovated Niagara Falls History Museum.
Mark O'Neill, President and CEO, Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation, keynote speaker on Friday October, 19, will be sharing his thoughts on the re-branding of the Canadian Museum of Civilization as the Canadian Museum of History, and Diarmuid Nash, Partner, Moriyama & Teshima Architects will kick off the two days of sessions. The Conference wraps up with popular Ignite rapid-fire presentations Friday afternoon.
Thursday evening, the OMA will present Certificates in Museum Studies to program graduates and recognize excellence in museum work as the 2012 Awards of Excellence are presented at the OMA Awards Banquet with the Honourable Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
The Conference theme, Destination: Museum! explores the important role museums play in commemorations and anniversaries in the coming five years, as the OMA celebrates its 40th Anniversary in Niagara, the heart of War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemorations, and as museums plan their own celebrations and events commemorating the centennial of WWI in 2014, the Pan Am games and 400 years of Francophone presence in Ontario in 2015, and Canada's 150th birthday in 2017.
Ontario's museum community will reflect on how we celebrate anniversaries, commemorate the joyous and difficult aspects of our past and present, and position museums as must-see destinations for tourists and cultural explorers! The OMA will also launch the brand new Website, Discover Ontario Museums (www.museumsontario.ca), and the iPhone App, now on the App Store!
Several special events and activities are also planned to celebrate the OMA's 40 years of service to Ontario Museums, including a special 40 year retrospective and cake cutting, an OMA Speakers' Corner, and a decades dance party.
The Ontario Museum Association is a not-for-profit member organization that builds capacity among institutions and individuals active in Ontario's museum sector. Over the past year, three million visitors to Ontario's 600 community museums experienced programs and exhibitions which tell our collective story and contribute to our identity and sense of place.
Further information about the Ontario Museum Association and the OMA Annual Conference can be found on our website, www.museumsontario.com.