"Sir Sam Funk": OMAH participates in 'Museum Dance Off2'

Sir Sam Steele: Dance Extraordinaire - or so the story goes in the Orillia Museum of Art & History’s “Sir Sam Funk” video entry for the online competition Museum Dance Off 2.

It all started in 2014, when the Indiana State Museum decided to parody the popular music video for Pharrell William’s song “Happy” to show a behind the scenes look at their museum. The video went viral and was picked up by the popular blog When You Work at a Museum. The blog opted to expand a relatively simple idea – grab a camera and record staff & volunteers dancing in their museum – and turn it into a friendly online competition. With relatively short notice, 22 museums from around the world entered with a variety of creative videos. While we got wind of the challenge here at OMAH, we did not have the time or resources available to pull something together. This year, we vowed to make it happen.


With an extensive amount of planning, we wanted to take viewers on a virtual tour of OMAH while grooving to the 2015 hit “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars. For OMAH it was an opportunity to collaborate with our youth and show off the next generation of museum visitors. Produced by Lakehead Media Studies students, featuring OMAH’s Youth Arts Council, March Break campers, and Family Fun Drop In participants we see there is quite a presence of energetic youth at OMAH.

The beauty of this competition is that you see small community museums going head to head with large national ones. There is no hierarchy beyond the work you produce and everyone shares in the fun experience.

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