Submit your session proposals for OMA 2021!

It's once again time to send in your innovative and thought-provoking session ideas for the 2021 OMA Annual Conference! This year’s meeting will be a 100% virtual event, April 11-13. For our 2021 conference, we're focusing on Museums Reimagined: Opportunities to Reflect, Recover, and Reinvent.

Moonshot – noun – “an extremely ambitions or innovative project.”

This is our moonshot moment, museums. Amidst a year of disruption, upheaval and change, museums have had to reimagine our critical role and our impact. This is our opportunity to address the needs of our community, learn to navigate in innovative ways, and leave the “this is how we’ve always done it” mindset in the past.

How can we continue to evolve and use this opportunity to reexamine our operations, internal structures and how we execute our missions? How can museums transform, connect, and lead our community when it’s needed most?

Museum professionals from across the state will be joining us for our 2021 virtual conference, April 11-13, as we explore these topics and more - but we need your help! OMA is currently accepting session proposals for innovative and engaging sessions that will create an interactive experience for our conference attendees.

Click here to submit a Proposal Form online!

So, what makes a great OMA session?

  • As a virtual conference, we want to encourage you to think creatively about your presentation and how to engage your audience. Looking for ideas on how best to engage virtual learners? Want to learn more about using a virtual presentation to the best possible outcome? Click here for ideas!

  • Our attendees love programs with high take-away values—something that equips them with knowledge and skills they will be able to immediately put into practice. 

  • Because OMA is a state-wide conference, the audience comes from a wide variety of institutions that vary in size and discipline, so sessions that can engage this broad, unique group are highly sought after. Sessions that can apply their topics to any type of museum, and ideas that can scale to any budget level are key.

  • To help foster the growth of our emerging museum leaders, we are encouraging proposals with speakers that include students partnering with current museum professionals. Student speakers offer a unique perspective that is invaluable and invigorating for our attendees!

Submit your session proposal now for the 2021 virtual annual conference of the Ohio Museums Association as we explore best practices and innovative ideas in Ohio museums. We're seeking session proposals that will foster dynamic conversations around:

  • Sessions on Diversity, Accessibility, Equity and Inclusion – moving from statements to action, continuing the process, moving beyond “intro to”
  • How museums are engaging with their audiences – learning from shut-down, finding new audiences, new ways to outreach
  • Community engagement beyond the virtual screen – remaining relevant in the age of social distancing and online programming
  • Preparing for the next crisis - lessons learned from the financial impact of COVID, shut-downs and loss of earned revenue streams
  • Leadership in a time of crisis
  • Cutting through “zoom fatigue” - how to draw in your audience and keep them engaged and coming back
  • Museums making “Good Trouble”
  • Assessing and evaluating your career growth and future career plans

All sessions are one hour long.

Click here to submit a Proposal Form online!

Session proposals are being accepted until October 16, 2020. For complete Session Proposal information and up-to-date conference details, visit the OMA 2021 Conference Page. Please feel free to contact Johnna McEntee at 614.361.5613 or [email protected] with any questions.

OMA 2021,  Museums Reimagined: Opportunities to Reflect, Recover, and Reinvent - We look forward to "seeing" you in April!