Monday January 14, 2019 at 10:45am
According to a NANOS research poll from 2017, “90% of Ontarians agree that an active local arts scene makes a community a better place to live.” I’d say that makes Orillia an exceptional community to live in. For over 15 years OMAH has been delivering community programs with a variety of
interactive activities that include but are not limited to Family Fun, After School Art, Workshops, March break and Summer camps. We serve over 673 children and youth annually with each program operating almost at full capacity. In the last academic year, we delivered education programs (both at the schools and at the museum) to over 1,630 students. The Orillia Museum of Art & History asserts itself as the leader of arts, culture, and heritage in the City of Orillia and surrounding area. Our long-term goal for the museum is to increase its community engagement and refine its cultural leadership.
Orillia Museum of Art & History is an incorporated, not-for-profit organization that operates at arms–length from the City of Orillia. It is a vital part of the community, showcasing local art & history, and is Orillia’s cultural hub. Annually, the city of Orillia
provides $150000 towards OMAH’s operations. That is less than 22% of our operating budget. Our revenue streams include programmes, memberships, gift shop and art sales, and fundraising through donations, sponsorships, and grants.
Here are some highlights of our key programmes from 2018:
- We researched, developed and designed 20 exhibitions that presented a curatorial perspective that encompassed both art and history.
-We published a local history book.
-Developed programming (Create and Curate Young Artists Conference AND Portfolio Development) to engage the 12-17 demographic.
- Developed a docent program to provide visitors an opportunity to experience the museum in a more interactive and engaging way.
- Designed and launched a line of OMAH merchandise.
- Developed a programme (The Business of Art) to engage the 18-30 demographic of emerging artists looking to develop their business and marketing skills.
-Created a new partnership in the community with The Mariposa Folk Foundation.
- We were incredibly active on social media in order to broaden our reach.
Key Exhibitions and Programming Initiatives in 2018:
-Arthur Shilling: The Final Works (exhibition borrowed from Art Gallery of Peterborough)
-Breakaway: How Hockey Built a Nation
-Dave Beckett Retrospective
-Free Spirits: History of the Mariposa Folk Festival in Orillia
-Hometown Glory: Orillia's Winter Sports
-EngagingConversations with Living Memories: Creating Orillia Portraits
2019 is our 20th anniversary and we plan to celebrate this auspicious year through:
-A strong focus on fundraising through donations and membership development
-Offer 2 new core benefits with membership, one that is value based (discount on room
rentals) and the other that is affinity based (2-4 free passes with each membership
purchased) and 2 special benefits with our Family membership
- Create community programming related to the Legacy Landscapes exhibition curated
by The Couchiching Conservancy.
Key Exhibitions and Programming Initiatives in 2019:
-A history of the Gaudaur Family and their familial connections with the Shillings of Rama and of
course their sports legacy
-Styling Orillia: A Look Back at Our Community's Fashionable Past
-When Raven Becomes Spider (travelling exhibition organized by the Dunlop Art Gallery in
-Imagined Landscapes: A Look at Canada through Cornelius Krieghoff
-Students and Seniors in the Studio (Intergenerational Programming)
We hope to see you throughout the year and hope you celebrate with us.