10 - 10:15 AM Welcome
10:15 - 11:30 AM
All the World's a Stage–Even Your House Museum!
Maeve McEneny, Education and Heritage Coordinator, Discover Albany
Dr. Krysta Dennis, Producer of Creative Arts at Sienna College, Board Member of Historic Cherry Hill & Ten Broeck Mansion
Janet Kimlicko, North East Theatre Ensemble
Mary Zawacki, Executive Director, Schenectady County Historical Society
Capital Region heritage sites have benefited from developing innovative programming in collaboration with local theater groups and visual artists. The result has been increased attendance and new audiences. But with the new Covid restrictions, our house museums have had to strictly limit visitor flexibility within their walls and visitation capacity. Can we still safely forge ahead with these forward-thinking partnerships? Yes we can! Mary Zawacki (Schenectady County Historical Society), Dr. Krysta Dennis (Producer of Creative Arts at Siena College/Cherry Hill Board Member), and Janet Kimlicko (North East Theatre Ensemble) will share the lessons learned when house museums and artists collaborate, how these relationships have enhanced the visitor experience, and how you can connect with local creatives in your area. Panel moderated by Maeve McEneny from Discover Albany.
11:30 AM - 12 PM MANY Update: Advocacy & Programs with Erika Sanger
12 - 1 PM Lunch and time to visit FDR Presidential Library & Museum
1 - 2:30 PM
"In Harm's Way" a panel discussion about recent collaborations between folklorists and museums to present climate change and its effects
Ellen McHale, Executive Director, New York Folklore
Nancy Solomon, Executive Director, Long Island Traditions
Paul Orselli, President, Paul Orselli Workshop
"In Harm's Way," is the title of shared exhibitions and programming that joined three folklorists and three museums to present the experiences of community's undergoing change through the impact of climate change, as evidenced by Hurricanes Sandy, Irene, and Andrew. The panel will explore partnerships between folklife organizations and museums.
2:30 - 2:45 PM Break
2:45- 4 PM
Podcasting for Cultural Organizations: A Crash Course
Laura Free, Host, Amended
Reva Goldberg, Producer, Amended
Are you curious about engaging your audience through audio storytelling? Is your museum interested in podcasting, but you're not sure where to start? Join the creative team behind Amended--a six-part documentary series about the diversity and complexity of the quest for women’s full equality in the United States--to learn about the process of developing, launching, and distributing a podcast. Using Amended as an example, this session will walk participants through the creative and practical considerations that go into podcasting. Presenters include Dr. Laura Free, host and writer; Reva Goldberg, producer, editor, and co-writer, and Scarlett Rebman, project director, Humanities New York.