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    • August 30, 2018
    • 2:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Thomas Cole National Historic Site
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    Thomas Cole National Historic Site
    218 Spring Street

    Catskill, NY 12414
    August 30, 2018

    2:30-4:30 PM Workshop: How to Design Engaging Public Programs with Humanities New York (waiting list available)

    4:30-5:30 PM Tour: Thomas Cole House (waiting list available)

    5:30-7:00 PM Meet-Up and Reception Outdoors on the Lawn (weather permitting) 

    Humanities New York staff will lead a workshop about their program and creative projects that have been recently funded and share valuable grant-writing tips. After the workshop, site staff will lead us on a private house tour followed by our Meet Up when we will gather together for a discussion about important issues and share information about upcoming MANY professional development opportunities. Please join us for light refreshments and time to network with Capital Region colleagues. When you register for the Meet Up, you will be welcome to arrive early to enjoy the exhibition, Picturesque And Sublime: Thomas Cole’s Trans-Atlantic Inheritance

    Thank you to our sponsors!

     

    • September 06, 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park
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    Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion
    State Historic Park

    151 Charlotte Street
    Canandaigua, NY 14424 
    September 6, 2018

    3:00-4:30 PM Workshop: Insights into Collections Assessment for Preservation, with Ted Bartlett, Architect and Lisa Goldberg, Conservator

    4:30-6:00 PM Tour: Sonnenberg's Gardens 

    6:00-7:30 PM Meet-Up and Reception

    The Insights into Collections Assessment for Preservation workshop will share strategies for using a CAP assessment - the study of all of an institution’s collections, buildings, and building systems as well as its collections care policies and procedures - to leverage resources and improve sustainability. Following the workshop, the Sonnenberg staff will lead us on a private tour of the Gardens. Our Meet Up will begin at 6 when we will gather together for a discussion about important issues and share information about upcoming MANY professional development opportunities. Please join us for light refreshments and time to network with with your Finger Lakes colleagues.

    Thank you to our Sponsors!

    • September 14, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • State University of New York at New Paltz 1 Hawk Drive New Paltz, NY 12561
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    SUNY New Paltz
    Friday, September 14, 2018
    9:30am-4:30pm


    Session #1: Skeletons in the Closet: How to Tackle the Biggest Collections Challenges Head On

    Miranda Peters, Collections Manager, Fort Ticonderoga
    Margaret Staudter, Registrar, Fort Ticonderoga

    Every museum has a corner, closet, or even room where “difficult” collections have accumulated. These are the overwhelming areas where you don’t know where to begin. Join the Fort Ticonderoga staff to discuss past museum practices, unfit storage spaces, documentation, and how to re-house over 23,000 objects in 12 months.

    Session #2: Reclaiming our Time: Making History Relevant by Connecting Slavery and Racism in Modern America

    Micah Blumenthal, Storyteller/Co-Workshop Leader, TMI Project
    Kara Gaffken, Director of Public Programming, Historic Huguenot Street

    Discover how three organizations came together to shed light on the connection between slavery in America and the continued racism and discrimination in American society. We will divulge how we turned an immersive, overnight experience in a slave cellar into five, first-person monologues; includes live performance

    Session #3: Members? Donors? I Just Need People to Support My Mission

    Ken Meifert, VP, Sponsorship & Development, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

    Members? Donors? Which are better? It all depends… In the end, it is most important to have a strong foundation of support for your mission. Explore and share ideas for engaging your constituents as members or donors, the differences in motivations for participants, and how a membership program can support a strong donor program.

    Thank you to our Sponsors!



    • September 20, 2018
    • 1:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Fort Ticonderoga
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    Fort Ticonderoga
    102 Fort Ti Road 
    Ticonderoga, NY 12883
    September 20, 2018

    Spend the day with MANY at Fort Ticonderoga! 

    9:30 AM Fort Ticonderoga Opens: Meet Up participants receive free admission all day September 20th

    1:00 PM Tour Aboard the Carillon: Enjoy gorgeous, sweeping vistas of the Green and Adirondack mountains during a narrated 90-minute boat tour aboard the Carillon on Lake Champlain.  

    3:30 PM Fort Ticonderoga Tour: Museum staff will share their unique approach to telling history. Collections, Curatorial, and Public History staff will discuss how the focus on a single year of Ticonderoga’s history delivers specific and powerful experiences through collaborative and creative approaches. 

    5:30 PM Meet Up: Discuss important issues and share information about upcoming professional development opportunities. Enjoy beer, wine, and light refreshments and time to network with your North Country colleagues.

    Tickets for the boat tour are first-come, first-served. (Discounted tickets are $30 per person)



    • September 26, 2018
    • Great Camp Sagamore
    • 9
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    September 26-28, 2018
    Leaders Define Leadership

    September in the Adirondacks is the best time of year to get what you need to succeed by joining us for the exciting re-launch of The Museum Institute. The Institute is the perfect place for emerging and established leaders to develop strategies to face new challenges. What you learn in this immersive, participatory program will help you effect positive change in your organization, your career, and your community. Learn from other leaders in the museum field who will share their experiences across a variety of disciplines to help create solutions, build audiences, and develop your institutional management skills. Session topics will include building cultural competence, supporting financial and human resources, enhancing board capacity, and creating professional communities.

    Registration for the three-day program includes evening events, two nights’ accommodations, and all meals: MANY Members $625. Not-yet members $675. Registration is limited to 25 people and opens June 1!

    Support for this program comes from the Nordlys Foundation.

    We are pleased to announce that 2018 presenters will include:

    • Andrew Marietta, Vice President, Regional Development, Central NY Office, New York Council of Nonprofits 
    • Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, President/CEO, Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor, ME
    • Suzanne LeBlanc, President, Long Island Children's Museum

    • Aimee Terzulli, Director of Education and the Visitor Experience, Long Island Children's Museum
    • Tanya Butler Holder, Associate Director of Administration, Long Island Children's Museum
    • Erika Sanger, Executive Director, Museum Association of New York
    • Hillarie Logan-Dechene, Deputy Director, The Wild Center
    • Garet Livermore, Executive Director, Great Camp Sagamore



    More to Come!


    • October 04, 2018
    • 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center
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    Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center
    82 N Broadway
    Nyack, NY 10960
    October 4, 2018

    4:30-5:30 PM Tour: Edward Hopper Museum & Study Center

    5:30-7:00 PM Meet-Up and Reception

    The Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center staff will lead a private tour of the House featuring their new exhibit, Milton Glaser: Landscape Prints. The tour will be followed by our Meet Up when we will gather together for a discussion about important issues and share information about upcoming MANY professional development opportunities. Please join us for light refreshments and time to network with Mid-Hudson colleagues. 

    The main floor (Main Gallery, Sanborn Gallery, Elizabeth's Parlor) of the Edward Hopper House is wheelchair accessible, with a lift in the back of the house. Please contact MANY with any questions or concerns regarding accessibility.

    • October 10, 2018
    • 2:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Erie Canal Museum
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    Erie Canal Museum
    318 Erie Boulevard
    East Syracuse, NY 13202
    October 10, 2018


    11:00-1:00 PM: Visit West Lake Conservators Preservation Lab in Skaneateles

    2:30-4:30 PM Workshop: How to Facilitate Community Conversations with Humanities New York

    4:30-6:00 PM Tour: Erie Canal Museum

    6:00-7:30 PM Meet-Up and Reception

    Before heading into Syracuse, West Lake Conservators will open their doors to Meet Up registrants interested in learning about conservation practice. Headquartered in Skaneateles for 42 years, their mixed speciality practice serves both public and private collections specializing in the preservation and restoration of paintings, frames, textiles, paper and photographic materials. West Lake Conservation staff will be available between 11 and 1 for Meet Up attendees interested in a private tour of their lab.

    Humanities New York will lead a special training workshop during which participants will develop their skills in making discussions more productive and engaging and will learn strategies to involve museum program attendees in thoughtful conversations. After the workshop, museum staff will lead us on a private tour featuring their new exhibit, "High Hopes: Immigration and the Erie Canal" followed by our Meet-Up when we will gather together for a discussion about important issues and share information about upcoming MANY professional development opportunities. Please join us for light refreshments, a tasting of local craft beers hosted by Middle Ages Brewing Company and time to network with Central Region colleagues.

    Thank you to our Sponsors!

    • October 11, 2018
    • 2:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Hadley Exhibits
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    Hadley Exhibits
    1700 Elmwood Ave.
    Buffalo, NY 14207
    October 11, 2018

    2:30-4:00 PM Workshop: How to Write Labels Your Visitors Will Want to Read

    4:00-5:00 PM Tour: Hadley Exhibits' Production Facility 

    5:30-7:00 PM Meet-Up and Reception

    Staff of the Chemung County Historical Society will lead a "hands-on" workshop during which participants will review and discuss a range of label writing styles and experiment with writing in a specific tone of voice, presenting different perspectives, and writing for specific reading levels. After the workshop, Hadley Exhibits staff will lead us on a private tour followed by our Meet Up when we will gather together for a discussion about important issues and share information about upcoming MANY professional development opportunities. Please join us for light refreshments and time to network with Western Region colleagues.


    • October 16, 2018
    • 2:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Brooklyn Historical Society - DUMBO
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    Brooklyn Historical Society - DUMBO
    55 Water Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11201
    October 16, 2018

    2:30-4:30 PM Workshop: How to Facilitate Community Conversations with Humanities New York (space is limited - waiting list only)

    4:30-5:30 PM Tour: Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO 

    6:00-7:30 PM Meet-Up and Reception

    Humanities New York staff will lead a workshop about their program and creative projects that have been recently funded and share valuable grant-writing tips. After the workshop, museum staff will lead us on a private tour followed by our Meet Up when we will gather together for a discussion about important issues and share information about upcoming MANY professional development opportunities. Please join us for light refreshments and time to network with New York City colleagues.


    • October 22, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Chemung County Historical Society 415 E Water St, Elmira, NY 14901
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    Chemung County Historical Society
    Monday, October 22, 2018
    9:30am-4:30pm

    Session #1: Skeletons in the Closet: How to Tackle the Biggest Collections Challenges Head-On

    Miranda Peters, Collections Manager, Fort Ticonderoga
    Margaret Staudter, Registrar, Fort Ticonderoga

    Every museum has a corner, closet, or even room where “difficult” collections have accumulated. These are the overwhelming areas where you don’t know where to begin. Join the Fort Ticonderoga staff to discuss past museum practices, unfit storage spaces, documentation, and how to re-house over 23,000 objects in 12 months.

    Session #2: New World of Corporate Membership and Sponsorship

    Becky Wehle, President & CEO, Genesee Country Village & Museum

    The corporate giving landscape has changed in recent years as large companies (and their big gifts) disappear and smaller companies are looking for a stronger return on their investment. Join development staff, a fundraising consultant, and a corporate representative to exchange ideas about identifying, cultivating, and stewarding corporations for membership and sponsorship.

    Session #3: Humanities New York Workshop: How to Facilitate Community Conversations 

    Michael Washburn, Director of Programs, Humanities New York

    Humanities New York will lead a special training workshop during which participants will develop their skills in making discussions more productive and engaging and will learn strategies to involve museum program attendees in thoughtful conversations.

    All workshop attendees are invited to MANY's Souther Tier Meet Up following at 4:30.

    Thank you to our Sponsors!




    • October 22, 2018
    • 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Chemung County Historical Society
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    Chemung County Historical Society
    415 E. Water Street
    Elmira, NY 14901
    October 22, 2018

    4:30-5:30 PM Tour: Chemung County Historical Society

    5:30-7:00 PM Meet-Up and Reception 

    Museum staff will lead us on a private tour followed by our Meet-Up when we will gather together for a discussion about important issues and share information about upcoming MANY professional development opportunities. Please join us for light refreshments and time to network with Southern Tier colleagues. 

    Thank you to our Sponsors!


    • October 26, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Peebles Island Visitors Center 1 Delaware Ave, Cohoes, NY 12047
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    Peebles Island Visitors Center
    Friday, October 26, 2018
    9:30am-4:30pm

    Session #1: Speed Curating

    Christy DeLair, Associate Curator, Longyear Museum of Anthropology, Colgate University
    Nicholas West, Curator of Collections, Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University

    Come meet your match(es) of your curatorial dreams! Part networking, part brainstorming, this session will help museum professionals turn half-formed ideas into a developed plan by connecting other museum professionals. Like speed-dating, participants will rotate to a new partner every five minutes.

    Session #2: Found in Translation, Museums as Part of the Immigrant Experience

    Mariano Desmaras, Creative Director, Museum Environments
    Jennifer Schantz, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, New-York Historical Society
    Andrew Rebatta, Assistant Curator, Museum of Chinese in America

    The immigration experience introduces a new dialectic between changing and preserving values, which contributes to new perspectives and impacts museum activities. Museum professionals from diverse organizations will site specific examples of this unique experience: re-telling of history and appreciation of culture, new multi-lingual approaches, and redefining community.

    Session #3: Creativity Incubator: Looking at Your Collections in New Way

    Fabiana Chiu-Rinaldi, Arts Program Officer, Electronic Media & Film | Museums, New York State Council on the Arts
    Kristin Herron, Arts Program Director, Architecture + Design | Museums, New York State Council on the Arts
    Kerry Sclafani, Prog
    ram Director, Greater Hudson Heritage Network

    Ready to experiment? Join staff of the New York State Council on the Arts, the Greater Hudson Heritage Network and participating museums to learn about the “Creativity Incubator.” Part social media competition, part experimental lab - be prepared for the unexpected!

    Thank you to our Sponsors!



    • November 13, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Oneida County History Center 1608 Genesee St, Utica, NY 13502
    • 18
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    Risk Management for Collections
    November 13, 2018

    What is Risk Management for Collections?

    Risk management is an integral part of the decision-making process for organizational stewardship. It is especially useful for those responsible for the care, survival, and accessibility of our cultural heritage. Risk Management for Collections is a strategy developed by the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed, or RCE). The RCE strategy identifies, analyzes, and evaluates risks to collections.

    The Risk Management for Collections program concentrates on the further development of a user-friendly method of risk management. This program will make this method accessible to and provide attendees with the necessary information so that small organizations with limited resources may conduct risk assessments and manage relevant risks.

    Why should you register?

    The tools of a Risk Management approach rank and set priorities to reduce loss of value and manage the real threats to a collection using the QuickScan and ABC Method. The program will support collection managers in making well-balanced decisions about the allocation of collection care resources and communicating needs with stakeholders.

    These workshops will teach you how to apply value-based and risk-based decision making to achieve sustainable conservation and preservation actions in your collections. It is suitable for anyone working in the museum field, including collection managers, archivists, librarians, curators, educators, conservators, building managers, historic preservation officers, and administrators.

    Registration includes coffee and lunch $35 MANY members; $45 future members!


    Who will be there?

    Dr. Bart Ankersmit is a Senior Researcher at the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands in Amsterdam (RCE). After receiving his Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry, Ankersmit started working at the RCE in 1996. His work began with a four-year EU project on the preventive conservation of silver artifacts and has shifted to managing risks to collections. In 2009, Ankersmit published the new climate guidelines for Dutch museums, Managing Indoor Climate Risks, in which a decision-making process was presented that balances the value of the building and the objects with climate risks to find an optimal mitigation strategy. An updated and translated version was released in 2016.

    Renate van Leijen is the Advisor of Safe Heritage at the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands in Amsterdam (RCE). The Safe Heritage program at the RCE focuses on risk and crisis management, emergency planning, incident registration, and collection assistance with special attention given to awareness and prevention. They share information, develop products and services with and for the heritage managers, heritage advisors, and directors. 

    When is it?

    November 13, 2018
    9:00am

    Where is it?

    Oneida County History Center
    1608 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502


    About the RCE: The Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed) is part of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The RCE helps other parties to get the best out of cultural heritage. They are closely involved in listing, preserving, sustainably developing and providing access to the most valuable heritage in their country. They are the link between policymakers, academics and practitioners. They provide advice, knowledge and information, and perform certain statutory duties. 

    Check back soon for more registration information.


    • November 13, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Oneida County History Center
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    Oneida County History Center
    1608 Genesee Street
    Utica, NY 13502
    November 13, 2018 

    5:30-7:00 PM Meet-Up and Reception

    We will gather together for a discussion about important issues and share information about upcoming MANY professional development opportunities. Please join us for light refreshments and time to network with Mohawk Valley colleagues. 

    Thank you to our Sponsors!


    • November 15, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Long Island Children's Museum
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    Long Island Children's Museum
    11 Davis Avenue
    Garden City, NY 11530
    November 15, 2018 

    6:00-7:30 PM Meet-Up and Reception

    We will gather together for a discussion about important issues and share information about upcoming MANY professional development opportunities. Please join us for light refreshments and time to network with Long Island colleagues. 

    • November 16, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Long Island Children's Museum 11 Davis Ave, Garden City, NY 11530
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    Long Island Children's Museum
    Friday, November 16, 2018
    9:30am-3:30pm

    Option 1:
    Session #A: Kristin Herron, Arts Program Director, Architecture + Design, Museum, New York State Council on the Arts

    Session #B: Reclaiming our Time: Making History Relevant by Connecting Slavery and Racism in Modern America

    Micah Blumenthal, Storyteller/Co-Workshop Leader, TMI Project
    Kara Gaffken, Director of Public Programming, Historic Huguenot Street

    Discover how three organizations came together to shed light on the connection between slavery in America and the continued racism and discrimination in American society. We will divulge how we turned an immersive, overnight experience in a slave cellar into five, first-person monologues; includes live performance.

    Session #C: CTLE and Me: How to Meet the Needs of Educators

    James R. Jenkins, Museum Instructor, New York State Museum
    Michael Stevens, Museum Educator, School and Teacher Programs, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

    Engaging teachers can be a difficult even without NYSED Continued Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) requirements. This session will provide an overview of the requirements and the application process. Session leaders will offer examples of teacher workshops that meet CTLE requirements and discuss how to improve and attract teachers to your programs.

    Option 2:
    Full Day Workshop:
    Finding the Words: Interpretive Writing Workshop

    Kris Wetterlund, Director of Education and Interpretation, Corning Museum of Glass

    This writing workshop is designed to give you the skills to write engaging and informative interpretive text for the general museum visitor using storytelling techniques, museum visitor studies data and creative nonfiction principles. The workshop will also give you time and space to practice these skills.

    For the workshop you’ll need to bring an image of one work of art to write about. You may bring supporting information about the work of art, but it’s not necessary. You may also bring writing you plan to revise, or you may start with a blank slate. You’ll also need whatever writing tools you prefer: pen or pencil and paper, computer, iPad or any other tool you like to use.

    Writing Workshop Outline
    1. Learn about core messages.
    2. Learn about core messages and how to apply constructivist learning theory in interpretive writing.
    3. Understand the difference between writing about concrete versus abstract concepts.
    4. Learn about the average adult museum visitor and what they read in everyday life.
    5. Capitalize on the power of the unexpected and use mysteries to capture attention.
    6. Learn rules for good writing in any arena, including understanding active versus passive text.
    7. Explore National Geographic magazine captions.
    8. Learn how to make interpretive text personal.
    9. Appeal to a reader’s identity to answer the question: Why should I care?
    10. Learn the science behind storytelling and use it as a powerful tool for interpretation.
    11. Readability: what is it and how to assess it.

    Thank you to our Sponsors!


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

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