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"The Power of Partnership" 2020 annual conference


March 29 - 31, 2020 | Albany, NY

Dear Conference Speakers, Registrants, and Sponsors,

In response to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Orders to cancel mass gatherings as part of the public health and safety response to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Museum Association of New York’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to postpone our Annual Conference and Museum and Folk Art Forum until later in 2020. It was our responsibility to take this precautionary measure and we will continue to follow instructions from State and Federal officials. 

Although this decision was made because the health and well-being of our museum community comes first, it has severe financial consequences for the Museum Association of New York. 

I ask those of you who planned to join us in Albany for your patience and consideration as we work to reschedule for later this year. We are exploring options for you including issuing vouchers for 2021. You may also want to apply conference registration fees to some exciting programs we have planned for the fall. Several conference participants who cancelled asked us to keep their registration as a donation. We are grateful for any and all support at this time.

If you do not think you will be able to join us later this year, and would like a refund, please contact MANY staff directly by emailing or calling 518 273 3400 before March 20, 2020, the original registration cancellation date. No requests for refunds will be considered after this date.

Refunds will take approximately four to six weeks to process and will be made via a mailed check. As originally stated during your ticket purchase, special event tickets are not refundable. 

If you received a Capital Region, New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) or a William G. Pomeroy Foundation professional development grant, we are coordinating with their staff and will be in touch with you separately.

If you are a conference sponsor, I will reach out to schedule a call with you this week. 

If you have a room reserved at the Albany Hilton, please call 518-462-6611 and cancel your reservation. There are no financial implications to you for cancelling your reservation. 

We will continue to monitor communications from the New York State Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the World Health Organization regarding the COVID-19 virus. We will be sharing updates from these organizations on the home page of our website. 

I know that most of you have closed your doors and/or have canceled events and programming to help ensure the health and safety of your staff, volunteers, visitors, and community. We will be reaching out about ways we can stay connected and keep you informed.


I thank you for your patience and support in these challenging times,

Erika Sanger, Executive Director

2019 "Access and Identity" Cooperstown, NY

2018 "Visioning Change" Rochester, NY

The Museum Association of New York strengthens the capacity of New York State’s cultural community by supporting professional standards and organizational development. We provide advocacy, training, and networking opportunities so that museums and museum professionals may better serve their missions and communities.

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

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