The MEA would have created a grant program within the New York State Education Department that could have funded things like school groups and school buses, publishing curriculum on websites, teaching classes to adult learners, and creating exhibitions that align to New York State education standards in museums located in high need, low resourced communities.
MANY board and staff, legislators, Member of the Board of Regents, New York State Education Department Commissioners and staff, Museum professionals and supporters, worked for more than a dozen years, and we took it to farthest possible point in the legislature. It passed both houses unanimously - which I have since learned is not a common occurrence. The MEA was vetoed by the Governor with a note about how the bill would duplicate funding in already in the NYSCA budget.
After the Governor's veto of the Museum Education Act, Assembly Members, State Senators, the Chancellor and Commissioner of the NYSED, and the Deputy Commissioner at the Office of Cultural Education wanted to reintroduce the MEA for the current legislative session. We asked them to wait.
We asked them to wait because the MEA based criteria on where your museum was physically located and not who you were serving. This language unintentionally made a surprisingly large number of New York museums ineligible for participation.
We want to paint a picture of all of our museums for the legislature, for our state education department, and for our Governor. With new and current data, we can let them know who we are, who we serve, and how we impact our communities economically, socially, culturally, and spiritually.
We thank you for your continued support. Stay tuned for the results from our NYS State of the Field Survey.
Learn more about education programming done by NYS Museums
A survey conducted by MANY illustrates how how NYS museums deliver education programs and suggest ways that these programs could better serve our communities with direct funding from our state. You can download the survey report here. Stay tuned for our 2019 NYS State of Field Survey Results.