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Cultural Competency Redux

75-minute session

Location: Hilton Albany, Governor C

Day/Time: Tuesday, April 9 // 9 - 10:15 AM

About: Success for museums embrace organizational change and connects with the Community. Museums are collectors of heritage and interpreters our collective history, and still there are missing voices, how do we now include them? We asked the question, What are the bias in your organization and How can you, we, I do better? This interactive session will use qualitative responses as the framework to lead the discussion that will explore value in cultural competency work in museums.


Dr. Georgette Grier-Key, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Eastville Community Historical Society

Dr. Georgette Grier-Key is currently the board president of the Museum Association of New York and is the Executive Director and Chief Curator of Eastville Community Historical Society. Grier-Key is a well-regarded guest curator and consultant that has various appointments. She has been elected to various outlets that inform and further the study of art, history, preservation, and culture. Dr. Grier-Key dedicates herself to her community by leading and serving on local and regional boards such as the NAACP Brookhaven Town Branch where she is the duly elected President. Dr. Grier- Key is an adjunct assistant professor at CUNY Medgar Evers College and the director of the Long Island History Institute at SUNY Nassau Community College.

Victoria Berger, Executive Director, Suffolk County Historical Museum

As the Executive Director of Suffolk County Historical Society Museum, Victoria Berger has experience in developing start-up museums, as well as successfully increasing established museum visitation by 400%. She has curated and produced well over 100 exhibitions centered on local history. museum management; including curating, program development, and exhibitions.

Conference Cancellation Policy

If for any reason, MANY cancels the conference, we will issue you a full refund. 

If you cancel your registration before Monday April 1, that request must be made in writing via email to We will refund you the full amount of your registration, minus a $45 administrative fee. 

Refunds requested after April 1 will not be granted, including requests made based on absence due to illness, late arrival and/or weather conditions. No refunds will be issued on special event tickets at any point due to restaurants and caterers requiring payment in advance.

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Conference Code of Conduct

The Museum Association of New York (MANY) is dedicated to providing a safe, inclusive, and welcoming conference experience for all participants. All attendees are expected to follow this Code of Conduct, which applies to all pre-conference workshops, concurrent sessions, special events, and capstone experiences.

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The Museum Association of New York helps shape a better future for museums and museum professionals by uplifting best practices and building organizational capacity through advocacy, training, and networking opportunities.

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

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