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75-minute session

Location: Hilton Albany, State

Day/Time: Monday, April 8 // 9:15 - 10:30 AM

About: Ignite Presentations are fast-paced presentations by graduate and undergraduate students in the museum studies, public history, art history, non-profit administration and other relevant fields that are conducted in ten minutes or less, including as many as 40 slides, with each slide automatically advancing every 15 seconds. 

Ignite Sessions (10 minutes each):

Giving Value to Voice: Oral History as Professional Development for EMPs

Presenters: Hannah Riley, Graduate Student, Museum Studies, Syracuse University and Ethan Ryan, Graduate Student, Museum Studies, Cooperstown Graduate Program

Oral History interns Ethan Ryan and Hannah Riley discuss how their internships at the Museum of Bethel Woods aided in advancing their professional careers as students and allowed them to learn from the public as Emerging Museum Professionals. Ethan and Hannah are both Museum Studies Graduate Students, studying at the Cooperstown Graduate Program and Syracuse University respectively.

Building a VR Museum to Tell the Hidden Story

Presenter: Yuning Gao, Student, New York University

Gao is a grad student interested in Museum Learning and Educational Technology and is building a museum about the banjo in a virtual reality environment. They were inspired by a concert they attended at The Metropolitan Museum, where they learned the history of the banjo and its relationship to the history of enslaved peoples in America. As musical instrument exhibitions are mostly limited by physical space and location story of the banjo is ideally suited to a VR museum environment.

Sustainability: Beyond Awareness and Into Practice

Presenter: mary oleary, graduate student, Fashion Institute of Technology 

Do Less, Better. Planning is usually kept behind the scenes; however, as the world changes, we must let our visitors and communities know how we integrate climate mitigation into our strategic goals and how we demonstrate that in practice. Looking at two institutions, one larger and one midsize, graduate student mary oleary explores sustainable design, how to integrate it into your long-term planning, and how to communicate the need to your audience.

Giving Value to Language: The Need for Linguistic Diversity in Museums

Presenter: Sofía Gabaldón, Masters Student, Museum Studies, Syracuse University

The United States has no official language, so why in such a diverse country do museums default to English only? This session, Giving Value to Language: The Need for Linguistic Diversity in Museums, will explore the importance of non-English language diversity and accessibility. With information taken from interviews with museum professionals across the country, this presentation will discuss the importance, challenges, and solutions to the process of becoming accessible to visitors whose most comfortable language is one other than English.

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.

Special event ticket purchases are non-refundable; restaurants and caterers require payment in advance. you are welcome to give or sell them to a colleague attending the conference. Please notify MANY staff in advance of the conference regarding any transfer of special event tickets. 

Please see your hotel confirmation email for your individual hotel reservation cancellation policy. 

Video/Photography Policy

By registering for and attending our Annual Conference "Giving Voice to Value" you grant the Museum Association of New York (MANY) and its authorized representatives permission to film, photograph, or otherwise record your participation in the conference and associated special events.

You further agree that such images, photographs, and recordings may be used by MANY without your prior approval in any form and for any lawful purpose including, without limitation, promoting MANY. Such use will not entitle you to any credit or compensation.

You release MANY, its officers, and employees from any liability connected with the use of any image, photograph, or recording taken during MANY's Annual Conference and associated special events.

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.

Compliance with the Code of Conduct is expected from all conference participants; including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, staff, organizers, contractors, volunteers, exhibitors, and sponsors. Read more.

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.

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