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Conference Workshop & Session Descriptions

New York State’s museums and cultural institutions are responding to our changing audiences, the promise of new technology, and the shifting availability of resources. We are creating powerful museums through new partnerships with arts and community organizations, education and environmental institutions, the tourism industry, and local governments. As we strive to define ourselves and the meaning of diversity, we are changing the questions we ask and how we tell stories about our collections. Our need for learning and sharing what we do by coming together as a field is greater than ever. Join us in Rochester to discuss what comes next and help us build a vibrant future!
"I love the conference, every year it gets better and better. It was hard choosing sessions because they all look amazing!"

Samantha Hall-Saladino, Executive Director
Albany County Historical Association and Ten Broeck Mansion

Saturday, April 7
Pre-Conference Workshops
11:30 AM

Genesee Country Village & Museum is New York State’s largest living history museum. Although its season usually does not begin until May, GCV&M is opening on April 7th just for MANY pre-conference workshop attendees. The day will start with a delicious buffet lunch, followed by your choice of workshop. We will conclude with a reception sponsored by the Rochester Area Community Foundation.

11:30 AM Village and Registration Opens
12:30 PM Lunch
1:45 PM Workshop of Your Choice
4:45 PM Pre-Conference Reception
$75 MANY members; $85 non-members
Includes buffet lunch, workshop, workshop materials, reception, and roundtrip Hyatt Regency transportation. Space is limited.

Workshops for Museum Educators
Part One: CTLE and Me: How to Meet the Needs of Educators
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.
Kathryn Weller, Director of Museum Education, New York State Museum
James R. Jenkins, Museum Instructor, New York State Museum
Christine Campeau, School Programs Manager, Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake
Patrick Stenshorn, Interpretive Programs Manager, Albany Institute of History & Art
Part Two: Classroom and Curricula Connections
This session will investigate how museums can partner with their local BOCES to connect their exhibitions and programs to classrooms, educators, and children. Presenters from two New York State regions will share information about the BOCES Arts in Education COSER and how your museum can reap the financial benefits of these partnerships.
Sunshine Miller, Arts in Education Coordinator, Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES
Carol Hockett and Maryterese Pasquale Bowen, Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University
Monika Collins, Senior Director of External Relations, Scicenter
Loretta Corbisiero, Arts in Education Coordinator, Eastern Suffolk BOCES 
Will Jones, Arts in Education Coordinator, CiTi BOCES Arts in Education Coordinator

Collection Storage for Small Museums
This workshop will help museum staff and volunteers understand how to select true archival materials and utilize simple low-tech solutions for a wide range of artifact types. Mock-up examples and solutions for objects like three-dimensional artifacts, textiles and costumes, paper, archives, and books will be discussed.
Joy Manna, Product Marketing Manager, Gaylords Brothers
Gwen Spicer, Art Conservator, Spicer Art Conservation, LLC
Patricia M. Tice, Curator of the John L. Wehle Gallery

Your Historic Building Preservation Questions Answered!
Join Peter Wisbey, GCV&M’s Curator of Collections, for an insiders’ tour of some of the museum’s recently restored 19th-century buildings. Learn about preservation issues, including historically-appropriate vendors, paint analysis, fire safety procedures, and visitor accessibility.

Natural Dyeing: Harvesting Color from the Foraged and Imported
Learn about gathering plant materials, importing dyestuff, extracting dyes, proper mordanting methods, and dyeing yarn to achieve a wide range of color. Participants should dress in old clothing and bring their enthusiasm because dyeing can be addictive!

19th-Century Brewing
Take this rare opportunity to learn the basic techniques of brewing beer at the Walter Grieve Brewery, a replica of an early 19th-century brewery originally located on Seneca Lake in Geneva, NY. We will showcase the steps in the brewing process up to primary fermentation and learn about the mysteries of brewing. Participants at least 21 years of age can sample the ales. Participants should dress to work.

Beginning Bookbinding
Join GCV&M’s village bookbinder for an introduction to the history of book manufacturing. Learn about bookbinding trends, developments, and techniques from the 18th and 19th centuries. Make your own journal or notebook with a Coptic Stitch binding.


Sunday, April 8
Conference at George Eastman Museum
11:00 AM

11:00 AM Conference Registration Opens
11:30 AM Food Truck Round-Up
12:30-1:45 PM Conference Sessions
2:00-3:15 PM Conference Sessions
3:30 PM Conference Keynote
4:30-6:00 PM Welcome Reception at the George Eastman Museum
7:00 PM Visioning Change Dinner at the Memorial Art Gallery’s Ballroom


12:30-1:45 PM Conference Sessions
From Diversity to Completion: Interpreting Complex Stories at Historic Sites
Historic sites and museums often need to discuss complex matters of race in historic context with visitors. For many museum professionals, fear of these discussions leads to avoidance of the topic altogether. This open-conversation session will discuss the necessity and complexity of interpreting enslavement, women’s rights, relations/conflict with indigenous people, immigrant communities, and the LGBTQ community in historic sites and museums.
Cordell Reaves, Historic Preservation Program Analyst, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Lavada Nahon, Culinary Historian and Independent Scholar

Think You Know Mobile Apps?
Mobile apps are an essential part of a visitor’s toolkit. So how can you leverage them to creatively deliver interpretive content? Learn how to merge storytelling and technology to meet organizational and educational goals. We will discuss creative approaches to content development and provide interactive demos of Bluetooth beacons and hands-free touring.
Melissa Carlisle, Senior Territory Manager, OnCell
Constance Barone, CEO/Director, Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site
Allison Mincher, Client Account Manager, OnCell
Kate Meyers Emery, Manager of Digital Engagement, George Eastman Museum
Allison McGrath, Director of Digital Media Services, The Strong Museum of Play

Speed Curating
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.
Christy DeLair, Associate Curator, Longyear Museum of Anthropology, Colgate University
Sarah Horowitz, Curatorial Assistant, Longyear Museum of Anthropology and Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University
Nicholas West, Curator of Collections, Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University

CEO Perspectives
Four CEOs share their perspectives and experiences leading their institutions. How do they strategize? How do they engage their institutions and solve community issues? What are their most pressing concerns for their institutions’ futures? The session will open to discussion so all can benefit of hearing interests and challenges. 
Kate Bennett, CEO, Rochester Museum & Science Center
Stephanie Ratcliffe, Executive Director, The Wild Center
Bruce Whitmarsh, Director, Chemung County Historical Society

Development/Fundraising Coffee Talk
Join fellow Development Professionals in a facilitated conversation about fundraising and development at their institutions. Come with ideas and gain valuable feedback.

2:00-3:15 PM Conference Sessions
Members? Donors? I Just Need People to Support My Mission…
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.
Ken Meifert, VP, Sponsorship & Development, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

It’s More Important to be Relevant than Important
Many cultural organizations do important work with important collections. But being important doesn’t attract as many guests, members, or donors as being relevant does. This session explores how successful organizations become relevant and what it means for interpretation, programming, marketing, and development branches.
Pamela Reed Sanchez, Executive Director, Seneca Park Zoo Society
Jonathan Binstock, The Mary W. and Donald R. Clark Director, Memorial Art Gallery

Full Circle: A Community Experience in Art and Language
An artist, a school administrator, a teacher, and a museum director of education will share their community engagement success story and how they partnered to attract families to the Roberson Museum and Science Center through art, writing, and recitation.
Christina Mack, Interim Director of Education, Roberson Museum & Science Center
Rebecca Duell, Fourth Grade Teacher, Johnson City Intermediate School
Denise Riley, Principal, Johnson City Central School District

Training Tomorrow’s Leaders: Opportunities for Collaboration and Innovation in Higher Education
Panelists in this cross-disciplinary conversation will explore their varied approaches to a common goal: training those who will work within and, someday, lead our arts organizations and initiatives. Presenters’ varied perspectives will surface new ideas for innovation and collaboration in our approach to preparing students for careers in the field.
Juilee Decker, Associate Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology
Andrew Saluti, Assistant Professor, Museum Studies, School of Design, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University
Travis Newton, Assistant Professor and Program Director, Arts Administration, Le Moyne College
Emily Stokes-Rees, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator, Museum Studies, Syracuse University
Miranda Traudt, Director of Arts Programming, SUNY Oswego

Collections & Exhibition Design Coffee Talk
Join fellow collections experts and curators in a facilitated conversation about working with objects and creating exhibitions. Come with ideas and gain valuable feedback.

3:30 Conference Keynote
Change: Make or Become; What Will It Be? 
James R. Hackney, Jr., Senior Director of Development, Yale Divinity School
In today’s world, change happens if we cause it or if outside forces push it upon us. How do we learn to embrace and create the change we want to see in our lives together?
Jim became the Senior Director of Development for Yale Divinity School in 2014 where he oversees all fundraising and alumni activities for the School. Prior to returning to his alma mater, he was Managing Partner of Alexander Haas, an Atlanta-based fundraising consulting firm. Jim oversaw the firm’s nation-wide cultural division, including serving as counsel to the Memorial Art Gallery for their Centennial Campaign. In 2012, Jim was named an Arts Envoy by the US State Department and was deployed to Greece to train cultural organizations how to raise private funds.  He has presented for the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), National Park Service, Association of Fund Raising Professionals, Art Museum Development Association, and the Association of Science and Technology Centers. Jim has served on the Board of Directors for AAM and on the Board for the Center for the Future of Museums. He is past president of the Art Museum Development Association and served as a Trustee of the American Craft Council. Prior to joining Alexander Haas in 1995, he was the Director of Development and Marketing for the Mint Museum of Art, where he served as Interim Director for 18 months. A native of Lexington, North Carolina, Jim is an avid collector of studio craft. His career is profiled in Jan Burdick’s 2008 book, Creative Careers in Museums.  He graduated cum laude from Wofford College and earned a M.A.R. from Yale Divinity School.

Monday, April 9
Conference at Hyatt Regency
8:00 AM

8:00 AM Breakfast Business Meeting and Awards of Merit Presentation
10:00-11:30 AM Conference Sessions
12:00 PM Lunch with the Funders
Including Paula Gangopadhyay, Deputy Director of Museums, IMLS; Wendy Clark, Director Museums, Visual Arts & Indemnity|Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts; and representatives from NYSCA, HNY, GHHN.
1:00-2:15 PM Conference Sessions
2:30-3:45 PM Conference Sessions
4:00 PM Vendor Bingo Close
4:30 PM Silent Auction Close
5:30-6:30 Center of Change Cocktail Hour at Hyatt Regency's Center City Terrace Lounge & Bar
7:00 PM Night of Play at the Strong National Museum of Play
10:00 PM EMP Out All Night

10:00-11:30 AM Conference Sessions
Emerging Museum Professional's 10x10s
Nine emerging museum professionals will each share their vision for change in the museum field in using ten power point slides in ten minutes.
Let’s Break Bread: What Can Museums Learn from the Rochester Public Market?
Kayla Jackson, RIT
Create Educate Recycle: Change Art Today Through Education. Creating High Quality Art Using Recycled Materials
Nada Odeh, MA Candidate, Syracuse University
The Real Cost of Being an Emerging Museum Professional: An Examination of Pay Practices and Pitfalls
Jenna Bossert, MA Candidate, Syracuse University
Cultural Artifacts as Touchstones for STEM Education in the Museum Space
Daniel Krull, Museum Studies Student, Rochester Institute of Technology
The Vital Role of Informal Science Education in Museums
Caitlin Ogden, Masters in Science Museum Studies Candidate, Cooperstown Graduate Program
Adapting a Small Cultural Institution to Survive in a Museum Centered World
Kelsey Reed, Program Coordinator, Buffalo State College/Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo
Kim Bruckman, Student, Buffalo State College
Museum Members are Museum Investors
Alexa Pust, Membership Coordinator, Institute of Classical Architecture & Art
Using Twitter and Facebook to promote the RIT Archive Collections
Jennifer Roeszies, Museum Studies Student, Rochester Institute of Technology
Avoiding ‘Mansplaining’: Lessons of a Male Interpreter in Seneca Falls
Newton Rose, Former Interpreter, Women’s Rights National Historical Park

The Deaccessioning Dilemma: Can We Support Standards AND Museums in Crisis?
This session will focus on and react to Berkshire Museum’s recent proposal to de-access and sell 40 works of art. This “Think Tank” will be an interactive and dynamic session that sparks lively discussion about field‐wide issues and seeks practical solutions from the audience.
Dan Yaeger, Executive Director, New England Museum Association
Catherine Gilbert, Executive Director, Children's Museum of Science and Technology
Erin Richardson, Principle, Erin Richardson Consulting
Brian Howard, Executive Director, Oneida County History Center
Bruce Whitmarsh, Executive Director, Chemung County Historical Society
James R. Hackney, Jr., Senior Director of Development, Yale Divinity School

Work is Never Over: Different Approaches to Digital Engagement in an Ever-Changing World
In this panel, we will discuss how different museums engage audiences through social media, determine success using analytics, and use strategies. How museums are adapting campaigns and strategies as new features, algorithms, and platforms in this quickly evolving world will also be discussed.
Hannah Barry, Digital Engagement and Communications Specialist, Rochester Museum and Science Center
Stephen Boyd, Assistant Editor, Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Kate Meyers Emery, Manager of Digital Engagement, George Eastman Museum
Jessica Gasbarre, Marketing and Engagement Specialist, Memorial Art Gallery
Allison McGrath, Director of Digital Media Services, The Strong National Museum of Play
Amanda Sterling, Social Media Coordinator, Corning Museum of Glass 
Meg Columbo, Public Relations/Social Media/Webmaster, Memorial Art Gallery

Finding the Words: Interpretive Writing Strategies for Museums
Museum workers write a lot: exhibit panels, audio tours, catalogs, blogs, books, manuals, and more. But, is our writing really engaging the public? Does it clearly support coping with or promoting change? Panelists will share their diverse interpretive writing strategies, samples, tips, resources, and best practices and participants will try writing in a new way.
Katie Boardman, Adjunct Instructor; Cooperstown Graduate Program & Principal; The Cherry Valley Group
Kelli Huggins, Education Coordinator, Chemung County Historical Society 
Kris Wetterlund, Director of Education and Interpretation, Corning Museum of Glass

Reclaiming Our Time: Making History Relevant by Connecting Slavery and Racism in Modern America
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.
Micah Blumenthal, Storyteller/Co-Workshop Leader, TMI Project
Kara Gaffken, Director of Public Programming, Historic Huguenot Street
Terry James, Board Member, The Slave Dwelling Project
Tameka Ramsey, Program Director, TMI Project

1:00-2:15 PM Conference Sessions
Creativity Incubator: Looking at Your Collections in New Ways
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!
Priscilla Brendler, Executive Director, Greater Hudson Heritage Network
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
Anna Kowalchuk, Museum Administrator, Livingston County Historical Society
April Oswald, Museum Education Director, Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute
Kerry Sclafani, Program Director, Greater Hudson Heritage Network

Visioning Change: How Cultural Institutions Collaborate to Build Visitation
Learn how three unique history museums in upstate New York worked collaboratively to develop new tourism to the region through direct business-to-business sales.
Ross Levi, Executive Director of Tourism, Empire State Development 
Karen Dodson, Tourism Sales Associate, The Strong National Museum of Play
Sara Piccini, Tourism Sales Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, Genesee Country Village & Museum
Stacey VanDenburgh, Guest Services Manager, George Eastman Museum

Changing Perspective: Strategies to Create Accessibility for Deaf and Deaf with Disabilities
This session will illustrate firsthand what it means to be Deaf or Deaf with other Disabilities and how cultural institutions can engage with these communities. Five panelists, ranging in expertise, will present on successful accessibility solutions that are cost-effective within the museum field.
Tabitha Jacques, Director, RIT/NTID Dyer Arts Center
Emmanuel von Schack, Manager of Access Programs, 9/11 Memorial Museum
Kurt Stoskopf, Instructional/Support Faculty, RIT/NTID Visual Communications Studies
Ruth Starr, Education Assistant, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

The New World of Corporate Membership and Sponsorship
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.
Becky Wehle, President & CEO, Genesee Country Village & Museum
Chuck Levengood, Director of Development, Seneca Park Zoo Society
Karen Higman, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, The Martin Group

Director’s Coffee Talk
Join fellow directors in a facilitated conversation about what you do. Come with ideas and gain valuable feedback
Sponsored by ARIA Strategies, LLC


Emerging Museum Professionals Coffee Talk
Join fellow EMPs and seasoned professionals in a facilitated conversation about being new to the museum field. Come with ideas and gain valuable feedback.

2:45-4:00 PM Conference Sessions
All Politics are Local
Find out what your local elected officials are doing when it comes to issues affecting museums and other nonprofit organizations and how you can best leverage your influence with them. Advocacy experts will share insights into New York’s congressional and legislative delegations, identify players on key issues, and discuss opportunities for engagement.
Ben Kershaw, Director, Policy and Legislative Affairs, American Alliance of Museums
Sheila Healy, Government Relations Consultant, Public Strategies, LLC

Skeletons in the Closet: How to Tackle the Biggest Collections Challenges Head-On
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.
Miranda Peters, Collections Manager, Fort Ticonderoga
Margaret Staudter, Registrar, Fort Ticonderoga

Found in Translation, Museums as Part of the Immigrant Experience
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.
Mariano Desmaras, Creative Director, Museum Environments
Patricia Lannes, Founder and Director, CALTA 21
Hannah Davis, Upstate Regional Representative, New York Folklore Society
Jennifer Schantz, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, New-York Historical Society

Exhibiting Progress: Community Collaboration and the Suffrage Centennial Exhibition
In 2017, staff from a cross-section of cultural institutions in Rochester, NY, brought together their collections, expertise, and cooperative spirit to curate a major exhibition celebrating the New York State Suffrage Centennial. These partners will discuss the origin, process, and result of their collaboration and its impact on their work and their community.
Daniel D. Cody, Collections Manager/Registrar, Rochester Historical Society
Michelle Finn, Deputy Historian/Historical Researcher, City of Rochester/Rochester Public Library
Travis Johansen, Exhibits Manager, Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Sarah Wilson LeCount, Collections Manager, Rochester Museum & Science Center
Tina Olsin Lent, Director of Museum Studies, College of Liberal Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology

Better Understand Your Current Customers and Tap into New Customers
Using collected data, The Wild Center gained a better understanding of their key audience segments and learned how to best connect and engage with these audience segments going forward. They will share best practices for key marketing tactics that, when leveraged correctly, can make a lasting impression and help drive museum visitation. Emerging technologies such as Virtual Reality and 360 video will be included.
Hillarie Logan-Dechene, Deputy Director, The Wild Center
David Conlan, Director of Client Services, AD Workshop

Programming Coffee Talk
Join fellow programming professionals in a facilitated conversation about raising funds for or running programs in general or for education at your institution. Come with ideas and gain valuable feedback.

Tuesday, April 10
Conference Capstones
8:00 AM

8:00 AM Breakfast with the Funders
9:00 AM Closing Remarks: Visioning a Museum for the Next Generation; Joe Martin Lin-Hill, PhD, Deputy Director, Albright-Knox Art Gallery
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Visioning Change Conference Capstones

MANY’s new Conference Capstones will bring you into the heart of Rochester’s cultural community for unique learning experiences designed by our Rochester planning team exclusively for MANY conference attendees. Several Capstones are only a five-minute walk from the Hyatt Regency; others are in the center of the city, or a short drive in your direction home. The cost for each capstone is included in your conference registration.

An Inside Look at Ganondagan
The Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan and Friends of Ganondagan

This Capstone will start with an introduction to the Ganondagan State Historic Site, followed by an “insiders” tour of the gallery, and a preview of the upcoming exhibit on “Haudenosaunee Women,” with a focus on the contribution to American suffragists. A panel discussion on the collaboration and consultation process between museums and Native communities and organizations will close with a light snack courtesy of the Iroquois White Corn Project!

Make a 19th-Century Meal
Genesee Country Village and Museum
Learn how to incorporate historic food and drink into your interpretation through immersive visitor experiences.  GCV&M’s historically trained cooks will guide your preparation of an authentic 19th-century meal (including dessert!) in our kitchens using a variety of techniques. Enjoy your meal in one of our historic dining areas.

Interpreting Suffrage: VoteTilla and GEVA Theater
Susan B Anthony House
Representatives from the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House, VoteTilla cast, and key partner organizations will share how VoteTilla changed their perspectives on interpreting history through collaboration and community engagement. Presented in July 2017, VoteTilla featured a diverse cast of three dozen actors, scholars, activists, and costumed interpreters who traveled on five packet boats along the NY Canal System. Using the words of 19th century social reformers, the cast introduced audiences to historical figures including Susan B Anthony, Ida B. Wells Barnett, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Matilda Joslyn Gage.

Master Plan Growth: Animals of the Savanna Expansion;
Seneca Park Zoo 

Planning for change at your institution? Join Zoo staff to learn about their Master Plan expansion, representing over $60 million in improvements over the coming years. Learn how it reflects the Zoo’s commitment to conservation, animal welfare, and a high quality guest experience. Take a behind-the scenes hard-hat tour of the Zoo’s four acre expansion of A Step into Africa, which will feature animals of the Savanna, including Masai giraffes, zebra, rhinos and more; expected opening in Summer 2018.

Creating a Successful Museum-School Partnership
Memorial Art Gallery

This overview of MAG’s highly successful multi-year, museum-school partnership that serves a high-needs, urban elementary school population, will cover setting goals and objectives, building resources, measuring outcomes, and growing programs with best practices. Capstone participants will be engaged as students, spending time in the museum on careful looking, reflecting and sharing what we “notice and wonder,” followed by a hands-on project in the MAG workshop classrooms.

Rochester Public Library Walking Tour
Rundel Memorial Library Building
Join Deputy City Historian, Michelle Finn, for a walking tour of Rochester's Downtown Heritage Trail, an urban path that tells the story of the city's past through its buildings and landmarks. The tour is 2.5 miles round trip, outdoors, and will commence rain or shine (barring extreme conditions).

Accessibility in Museums
Strong National Museum of Play
This session will highlight new best practices in the field of museum accessibility using the galleries at the Strong National Museum of Play as exemplars. Presenters, including staff of Autism Up and the Center for Disability Rights will offer suggestions on how to best meet the needs of the disability community in your museum including cost effective options and how to implement them in your specific environment.

Reading the Room: Creating Engaging Experiences for all Audiences
Rochester Museum and Science Center
With two truly unique experiences, discover how RMSC staff and volunteers create and deliver interactive performances that are audience driven. From playing your favorite tune on our 6-foot-tall Tesla coils in Electricity Theater, to having the whole world at your fingertips with our Science on a Sphere, experience firsthand how, and why, we're building flexibility into our facilitated programs. Talk shop about questioning strategies, volunteer training tools, digital learning platforms and finding the right balance between education, entertainment and engagement in relevant experiences for audiences of all ages.

Moving Forward Using the Past
Rochester Museum and Science Center
Hear stories of two different iconic yet problematic displays that were reimagined with a forward vision for inclusive community-building and audience engagement. Learn from activists about the struggle to remove a racist “pickaninny art” panel from a local historic landmark and how the RMSC collaborated with community members to use it as a tool for anti-racist education. Meet with a diverse team of exhibits staff to learn how a 71-year-old diorama was conserved, corrected, updated, and enhanced, including the use of augmented reality.

Pilot Tour
Genesee Brewing Company

Finish up the MANY Conference with a private tour of the Brew House. The tour will discuss the brewing process and the history of the Genesee Brewing Company. Following the tour, attendees can head to the Tasting Room for a flight of four different beers for only $3. 

Engaging Audiences with Public Media: How to Partner with your Local PBS Station
WXXI Public Broadcasting/PBS
Across New York State, cultural organizations are looking to partners for inspiration, innovation, and creativity to further engage their existing audience and attract new. Your PBS station can help build pathways to reach families with young children, news junkies, classical radio aficionados, and many others in your community. Including a tour of TV station and interactive experiences at the station, learn how public media can be your partner in community engagement.

Charting a Course for Historic Restoration
Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse

Learn how America’s oldest surviving Lighthouse (1822) and Keeper’s Dwelling (1863) on Lake Ontario were restored into a thriving educational destination and working lighthouse. The project architect and preservation fundraiser will share how they surmounted the significant restoration challenges and their process for securing project funding. Workshop attendees will climb to the top of the Lighthouse Tower and experience the panoramic view.

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