Task Force (from left to right): Janet Carding, Michael Rikley-Lancaster, Yves Théoret (OMA President and Task Force Chair), Carolyn Bell Farrell, William (Bill) Poole, Paul Robertson, Marie Lalonde, Diane Imrie, Karen Bachmann, and Marty Brent. Not pictured: Guy Labine, Ian Kerr-Wilson, and Cathy Molloy.
Ontario museums are seizing the opportunity to build a strong, stable, united and relevant museum community for Ontarians. Working with community members, sector leaders and stakeholders over the next two years, the OMA plans to:
- Develop relevant museum strategies for Ontarians built around an accurate, ongoing assessment of the impact and potential of museums on Ontario’s economy, and its social and cultural vitality;
- Improve sector capacity and communication, including identifying beneficial synergies within culture and other sectors; and,
- Improve sector accountability, including benchmarks and performance indicators.
The objective of this initiative is to realize the full potential of a more collaborative, forward-looking and responsive museum sector for communities and Ontarians across the province.
“This initiative offers a critical opportunity for sector-led transformation. With our changing realities, Ontario museums need to consider new ways of working to meet future challenges, create high public value and engage our diverse audiences”, said Yves Theoret, OMA President.
The Looking Ahead initiative will take account of the current situation and will offer evidence-based direction, with measurable actions in key areas, resulting in reflective and effective museum strategies for our communities and public.
Initial work will identify sector successes and challenges leading to a more comprehensive profile of all Ontario museums. Ontario’s museums have a critical role to play in this initiative. See website to learn how you can participate.
As a first activity, the OMA will carry out a scan of the museum sector. This scan will help to identify the range of issues museums currently face and the results will inform and direct our continuing work together, especially in identifying key areas and actions required to develop our strategies.
Please take the time to complete this survey — a strong response rate will increase the relevance of our findings, creating a strong and united voice in identifying needs and advocating for support. It will also demonstrate to our funders and other stakeholders the commitment of Ontario’s museums to work together to address future challenges.
Looking Ahead Task Force
This sector-led initiative is guided by a Task Force, representing the diversity of Ontario’s museum community:
Yves Théoret, Task Force Chair, Director, Exhibitions and Outreach at National Gallery of Canada
Karen Bachmann, Director and Curator, Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre
Carolyn Bell Farrell, Executive Director, MacLaren Art Centre
Marty Brent, Manager, Peel Art Gallery, Museums, and Archives
Janet Carding, Director and CEO, Royal Ontario Museum
Diane Imrie, Executive Director, Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame
Ian Kerr-Wilson, Manager, Heritage Resource Management, City of Hamilton
Guy Labine, CEO, Science North
Cathy Molloy, Director, Markham Museum
William (Bill) Poole, Executive Director, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery
Michael Rikley-Lancaster, Executive Director & Curator, Mississippi Valley Textile Museum
Paul Robertson, City Curator, City of Kingston