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Access & identity
call for proposals:
annual conference April 7-9, 2019

What does it mean to be a New Yorker? What does it mean to be a New York museum? These were the first questions the Museum Association of New York staff asked ourselves when we started planning for the 2019 Annual Conference, Access & Identity. As our conversations progressed, the idea of identity led to the issue of access, and how the two go hand in hand.

For over two hundred years, New York’s rich cultural and historical identity has been preserved and collected by our state’s museums and cultural organizations. With missions focused on preservation, conservation, and education, museums are uniquely positioned to create opportunities for both New Yorkers and tourists alike to participate and experience our state’s culture and history. By creating access to our state’s heritage and culture, we help to shape the identity of our museums, our communities, and our state as we move forward through the next decades.

As you consider what you want to bring to the table in Cooperstown, ask yourself: What should our role as community anchors and preservers of our cultural heritage be in shaping the identities of our communities? If we believe in our missions of creating access for all, we in turn foster environments for intellectual growth and cultural exploration. During a time in which identities are being used to create separation and difference, we are in a uniquely powerful position to use our passion for cultural heritage to create inclusive environments where individuals of all identities can come together and explore the wonderful culture and history of New York. Click here for more information on the Access & Identity call for proposals.

Download the session proposal submission form here.
Download the 2019 Call for Proposals here.

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