Exciting and New Programs Coming Up!

Hi there! My name is Olivia Rozema, I am the Community Engagement Coordinator at OMAH. It has been an absolute whirlwind since I joined the OMAH team in March 2019.

The Orillia Museum of Art & History has a reputation for unique and engaging art programs to serve ever member of our community. From studio workshops, school education programs to Lunch & Learn, and the wildly popular Family Fun Drop-in, it seems like there is always something going on in the Dorothy Macdonald Creative Studio.

I have been hard at work to develop a new suite of programs to complement the existing calendar of re-occuring favourites.

For children and families I am introducing STEMstudio and Baby Art Crawl.

For children aged 8-12, STEMstudio integrates science and technology with art-making. Advertised with the tagline “Science is everywhere, even in the studio!, STEMstudio is a unique learning experience that emphasizes that science and art are not so different after all.  STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  In STEMstudio, kids will participate in a hands-on STEM activity then apply what they learned to art. This combination of art and science encourages kids to think critically and exercise their creativity.

In our first session kids learned about water conservation and the water treatment process. After participating in a hands-on water filtration activity we developed a water-colour painting project about the microscopic organisms that live in the lake. Of course, the water-colour project was completed using our clean, freshly filtered, lake water.

On June 8th STEMstudio re-occurs. This time, using fossils from our permanent collection we will learn about how fossils are made and the excavation process! Afterwards, we will use plaster to create our own "fossils".

Baby Art Crawl is also new this month. Our first session will be held on Wednesday May 29th from 10:40-11:30. It is never too early to introduce little ones to art galleries! In this program for children aged 0-3, babies, toddlers, and their caregivers are invited to the gallery for tours and baby friendly art play. These ‘stroller tours’ are a great way for caregivers to come see the exhibitions with their little ones. Our casual guided tour is followed up with hands-on art making in our third floor studio.   

For adults, don’t miss out on our first Wine & Paint Night on May 31st from 7-9pm. Looking for a fun night out? Come down to OMAH and make some art (and have a drink while you do it). In this 19+ event, our artist instructor Tanya Cunnington will gently guide you through the process of creating a masterpiece, even if you have never touched a paintbrush. Materials and two drinks are included in the class fee!

If wine isn’t to your taste, check out our new, reoccurring talk series called Coffee Talk. On Thursday May 23rd from 12:15 to 1, drop in for a coffee and tea social. Get the insider information on our exhibitions and all things OMAH. This week, Ninette Gyorody will discuss the curation of MNJIKANING: Mapping the Life of the Gaudaurs. Each week we will discuss a new aspect of the museum, from curation to programs and collections. Plus, you’ll get to drink our OMAH exclusive teas and coffee, which are available in our shop for purchase.

It’s not all about art at OMAH. Did you know that The Orillia Museum of Art & History, located in the Sir Sam Steele Memorial Building, used to be a post office? Have you seen the jail cells in our basement? On Friday, May 24th, at 1:30, drop by the museum to learn more! Join us for a Historical Building Tour led by one of our amazing docent's Ron Sillick! The Historical Building Tour will re-occur every other Friday at 1:30. If you miss this week, don’t worry! Ron will be back on June 7th.

My last new program of the spring also celebrates Orillia’s history. Unlock the mysteries of OMAH's collections vault with artist Tanya Cunnington in Still Life Drawing: From the Vault. Refine your drawing skills and learn a bit about history while you’re at it! Each week will feature a new artifact directly from OMAH’s permanent collection.

For information on any of  OMAH’s fantastic (new or old) programs check out our website https://www.orilliamuseum.org/programs or please contact me at programs@orilliamuseum.org or by phone at 705-326-2159 x103.

I’m sure I will see you soon!


Olivia Rozema, Community Engagement Coordinator