Yea Oklahoma Museums! The Oklahoma Museums Association is a 501(c)3 charitable organization incorporated in 1972. Programming offered by OMA is important as the primary source of information and professional development for Oklahoma's 500 museums, historical societies, historic sites, zoos and botanical gardens, historic houses, living history museums, tribal cultural centers and other museum-related institutions. OMA offers programs and services that provide professional services to museums; build networks among members and partnering organizations; promote professional growth; and encourage public awareness ofthe value of museums. A board of directors governs the association. OMA is located in Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City and employs two full-time staff, an Executive Director and Administrative/Program Associate, as well as contracts with a part-time bookkeeper and utilizes a host of interns and volunteers. OMA is regarded by its peers as one of the most active associations in the country, and we are proud of that! OMA serves all museums throughout the entire state, whether they are members of OMA or not. OMA serves a diverse audience. The Oklahoma Museums Association serves the need to train the paid and unpaid museum professional so they can in turn better serve their communities. The programs offered by the Oklahoma Museums Association are an important source of professional development and information for Oklahoma's 500 museums and cultural institutions. OMA offers valuable professional development and networking opportunities for museum staff and volunteers. The communities served by Oklahoma museums greatly benefit from the important museum services and programming. This in turn improves the quality of life to their citizens and access to the arts and humanities in a variety of forms. OMA services are provided to all 77 counties in Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma Museums Association goals for current year include being the voice for Oklahoma museums, strengthening programs and remaining relevant to Oklahoma museums and OMA members. Recent accomplishments include holding a successful conference, improving the OMA membership structure and participating in even more advocacy for Oklahoma museums. OMA continues to serve as a model organization and providing quality training to museum professionals, both paid and volunteer.
It is my pleasure to serve as the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Museums Association. OMA is honored to serve Oklahoma museums of all sizes and disciplines as well as both urban and rural.
I am honored an humbled to assume the OMA presidency. As President of OMA, one thing about of which you may be certain - I know the myriad ways in which museums contribute to our communities and state. For me, however, the most important contributions museum make are non-monetary-and more significant. Museums reveal who we are as individuals, as a community, and as citizens of the nation and world. They help us understand what we have done, how we have come to where we are, and where we might go in the future. They explore the world in which we have lived and make it more understandable. Through museums, we see humankind and its potential at its best, sadly at times, its worse. So, if anyone asks you why museums are worth supporting, try to convey this fundamental and multifaceted role they play in our society. Then, ask if they would be interested in joining OMA and being a part of this wonderful enterprise in which museum are engaged.
Communities where there are museums are located will be enhanced with new ideas and programs which in turn will improve the citizen’s quality of life; OMA programs and services utilized by a newly reached audience of museum professionals and the general public has increased public awareness and more knowledgeable about Oklahoma museums and their value.
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