2019: A Year in Review

As 2019 comes to a close, we at The Orillia Museum of Art & History wanted to take a minute to reflect on everything that has been accomplished this year. We celebrated with another successful year filled with exhibitions, programs, and events.

By The Numbers

This year, OMAH had:
18 exhibitions
13,000 visitors
600 members
2500 volunteer hours
327 artifacts donated annually
15,000 total artifacts donated
516 participants in adult programming
132 day camp participants
1010 children participated in school programs in the past academic year
636 children participated in community programming with OMAH

Year in Review

In 2019, OMAH celebrated twenty years since the amalgamation of the Orillia Historical Society and The Sam Steele Art Gallery, thus creating the Orillia Museum of Art & History. At OMAH's 20th Anniversary celebrations, Jean Sarjeant (volunteer, donor, member, and past board member) presented Sue Mulcahy with the first OMAH Legacy Award. This award is in recognition of Sue Mulachy and the Mulcahy family's philanthropic giving and the incomparable impact that she continues to make at the Orillia Museum of Art & History.
We had exciting exhibitions all year long! From the usual favourites of The Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition and The International Women’s Day Art Show, to new exhibitions about the history of Orillia’s Gaudaur family and art exhibitions by Scott Sawtell and Tina Poplawski, to the travelling exhibition “When Raven Became Spider” that OMAH hosted this summer. 
We held many incredible events and fundraisers this year. The John A Macdonald Dinner, History Speakers, Mariposa Gala, The Carmichael Lecture, Dangerous Dames, Drawiday Festival, The Orillia Regional Arts & Heritage Awards, and our exclusive Sir Sam’s Society Events all brought excitement to OMAH.

Art Nouveau

This year, OMAH launched many new initiatives. We launched new programs for all ages, including Seniors in the Studio and Baby Art Crawl. We announced free admission for anyone under 25. The OMAH Shop was rearranged and many new items were brought in to best serve our audience’s shopping needs. Our museum meme project “From the Vault” was launched, and gained wide attention by being featured on CBC Ontario Morning. We welcomed new team members on our staff, board of directors, and new volunteers. We also featured more history based content on our social media platforms, including “History Mysteries: Franklin Carmichael”, a look at Franklin Carmichael’s connections to his hometown of Orillia. 

OMAH 2020

The Orillia Museum of Art & History is going into its 21st year of operation. We could not be more excited to celebrate a new year with all of you. Thank you so much for all your support in 2019. As a not for profit organization, OMAH survives on the support of our community. We hope you join and support us again in 2020. 

Coming 2020:

18 exhibitions
Culturally rooted and sensory based programming
Delivering education programs that have multiple curricula based connections
Developing a new strategic plan
Launching a new website
A new long term exhibition in OMAH’s jail cells