Planning for the Ohio Museums Association (OMA)‘s 2012 Annual Conference (April 15-16, 2012), hosted at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, is underway. The theme for this year is: Iconic Experiences: Museums As Cornerstones of Ohio Communities.
Iconic artifacts and experiences – and the museums that house them – are indispensable cornerstones of their communities. How does an artifact, an experience, or a museum itself become iconic? Are there signature pieces in your museum that you pass by every day, without realizing their full potential to benefit your institution and your community?
Do you have experience, advice or ideas on:
- How to make your museum a “Community Anchor Institution” – a place critical to the quality of life and the competitiveness of our communities
- How to make the most of an important piece in your collection
- Using your existing signature collections to their fullest potential
- Creating an “iconic experience” for your visitors
- Topics for emerging museum professionals
- How to appeal to multi-generational audiences
OMA is looking for innovative and engaging session proposals that will create an interactive experience for museum professionals and provide them with the tools they need to perform their jobs at a higher level.
The Session Proposal Submission Deadline is December 1, 2011.
Create a program with a high take-away value—equipping the attendees with knowledge and skills they will be able to immediately put into practice. Think of ways to engage the attendees in open discussion and provide an opportunity for museum professionals to discover how others solve problems, develop programs, produce exhibits and serve their communities while staying true to their mission. Please keep in mind that for this state-wide conference, the audience comes from a wide variety of institutions that vary in size and discipline.
To submit a proposal, download and complete the “Call for Proposal” form from OMA’s website. Proposals can be submitted via email to oma[at]ohiohistory[dot]org, faxed to 614.297.2376, or sent through US Post to: Ohio Museums Association, 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211
OMA reserves the right to evaluate all proposals and to schedule those that accomplish the goal of a balanced program.
For more information send an email to oma[at]ohiohistory[dot]org or me (I’m on the OMA Board – I may know a few things) at jglavic[at]nurfc[dot]org.