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2021 Virtual Programs

All live programs are free; advance registration required. MANY members will have access to program recordings following the live event.




Virtual Program

Partnership As Strategy: A Leadership Conversation

Friday, April 23 at 12 PM

Marsha L. Semmel

Principal, Marsha Semmel Consulting

Deborah Schwartz

Independent Consultant, The Center for Brooklyn History


In this session, two senior museum leaders who have experienced how partnerships strengthen museums, build strong community ties, and support the "bottom line," use case studies to discuss the why and how of museum community partnerships, including coping with inevitable 'potholes' on the road to partnership success.  What are the opportunities, challenges, and  imperatives for museum-community partnerships in the current environment, when our museums are dealing with the effects of the pandemic; the mandate to reckon with equity,  inclusion, and social justice; and a reconsideration of business models? Ample time will be devoted to addressing attendees' specific partnership challenges.


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Virtual Program

Crowdsourcing, Community and the Challenge of Institutional Leadership 

Friday, May 7 at 12 PM

Rob Fields

Former President & Executive Director, Weeksville Heritage Center


Rob Fields is the former President & Executive Director of Weeksville Heritage Center, an historic house museum in Brooklyn dedicated to keeping the history of one of the largest free black communities in pre-Civil War America relevant and resonant for contemporary audiences. In 2019, he spearheaded a crowdsourcing campaign that raised over  $700,000 to save the institution from closing its doors. Because of his close work with New York City and the success of the crowdfunding campaign, Weeksville became the first new member of the city’s Cultural Institutions Group (CIG) in February 2020, the first organization to receive the designation in over 20 years. The CIGs are a cohort of 34 cultural institutions that have permanent line items in the NYC budget. Prior to Weeksville, Rob was the marketing director for CMO Initiatives at the Association of National Advertisers, a marketing industry trade association.  More information on him is available at http://robfields.com.


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Virtual Program

Putting the 'Us' in Museums 

Friday, May 14 at 12 PM

Hannah Fox

Director of Projects and Programmes for Derby Museums

Hannah Fox is the Director of Projects and Programmes for Derby Museums. She has led the development and delivery of the UK’s new Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill, widely regarded as the world’s first modern factory site. With the project nearing completion, Hannah will share the journey they’ve been on to embed co-production and human-centered design methodologies into a major museum development, where citizen curators and makers are at the heart of the $25M project to ‘make’ the Museum of Making.

Trained as a designer and photographer, Hannah’s career has involved producing cross-sector collaborative projects that put people at the heart of how places, products, and services are co-designed. She sits on several museum advisory boards and is part of the NAS Creative Community Fellowship, a cultural and social entrepreneurs network. Hannah consults on human-centered and co-production methodologies with people and organizations internationally and has an accent that can be hard to pinpoint…

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Virtual Program

Social Media Café

Friday, May 21 at 12 PM

Willa Vogel

Marketing Manager, The Rockwell Museum

Claire Lanier

Senior Manager of Social Media, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Emily Haight

Social Media Manager, New-York Historical Society

Amanda Crans

Social Media Manager, Corning Museum of Glass

Megan Eves

Marketing & Communications Associate, Museum Association of NY


Social media. It’s nuanced. It’s daunting. It evolves constantly. In this session for beginning to intermediate social users, we’ll work in small groups to hash out some of our colleagues’ biggest questions. Fill out the survey to let us know your most burning challenges – from the basics of hashtags and accessibility, to getting started on a social media strategy –  and social media managers from across the state will be open to discuss, brainstorm, and problem solve.

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Virtual Program

Serving New York's Collecting Institutions: The DHPSNY Initiative

Friday, June 25 at 12 PM

Anastasia Matijkiw

Program Manager, DHPSNY

Miranda Peters

VP of Collections & Digital Production, Fort Ticonderoga

Tracy Pfaff

Executive Director, Huntington Historical Society

Ellen Adams

Director/Curator, Alice T. Miner Museum

Michael Perekrestov

Executive Director, Russian History Museum

Across New York, historical records are held by a wide range of organizations, many of which operate on the margins of the profession. This session will consist of conversations with organizations, highlighting how DHPSNY has connected them with the tools they need to care for their archival collections. 

Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York is a collaboration between two long-running New York programs dedicated to service and support for archival and library research collections throughout the state: the New York State Archives Documentary Heritage Program and the New York State Library Conservation/Preservation Program. DHPSNY is supported by the New York State Archives, New York State Library, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA), and New York State Education Department. DHPSNY’s Strategic Planning Assistance curriculum was developed in collaboration with the New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON).  Currently, DHPSNY is only offering services virtually. 

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Closed captioning provided; ASL Interpretation provided upon request.

Please contact MANY at info@nysmuseums.org at least 7 business days before live program.


The Museum Association of New York's Virtual Programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

The Museum Association of New York strengthens the capacity of New York State’s cultural community by supporting professional standards and organizational development. We provide advocacy, training, and networking opportunities so that museums and museum professionals may better serve their missions and communities.

Museum Association of New York is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. 

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