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Awards of merit

Annual Conference 

Cooperstown, April 7-9, 2019 

MANY’s Awards of Merit recognize outstanding and innovative programs, staff, and volunteers who have enriched New York State museums with new and remarkable projects. Any organization or individual can nominate an organization, person(s), or project completed in 2018 at a museum, heritage, or cultural organization in the state of New York. Nomination of oneself or one’s organization is permissible and encouraged.

Congratulations to our 2019 Award of Merit Winners!

The Award of Merit winner receives discounted registration to the annual conference to help them accept the award in person.

Anne Ackerson Innovation in Leadership Award

Kate Bennett, Past President, Rochester Museum & Science Center

The Rising Star Award

Kara Augustine, Director of Public Programming, Historic Huguenot Street

Miranda Peters, Director of Collections, The Fort Ticonderoga

Individual Achievement

Star D'Angelo, Former Executive Director, Shaker Heritage Society

Excellence in Design Award Sponsored by NAME

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Hudson River Train Tour App, Hudson River Valley Greenway and Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area

Innovation in Collections Access Award

Where Slavery Died Hard: The Forgotten History of Ulster County and the Shawangunk Mountain Region 

Wendy E. Harris & Arnold Pickman, Cragsmoor Historical Society

Engaging Communities Award

Volunteer - $100,000 Living History Day, Boston Historical Society

$100,000 - $500,000 Teaching with Primary Resources, Warwick Historical Society

$500,000 - $1,000,000 Art Travelers through Time, Hofstra University

Over $1,000,000 Take It Down: Organizing Against Racism, Rochester Museum & Science Center

MANY Board of Directors Special Achievement Award

The Citizenship Project, N-Y Historical Society

Award of Merit Nomination Categories: 

Anne Ackerson Innovation in Leadership Award
This award recognizes a board member or staff leader that saw their organization through a critical challenge or significant opportunity in a creative, effective manner.

The Rising Star Award
This award recognizes a museum professional who is under the age of 35 and currently employed at a cultural institution. The Rising Star displays creative thinking and inspires institutional change.

Individual Achievement
This award recognizes devoted staff and volunteers who are instrumental in moving their organizations forward over a sustained period. Nominations are accepted for individuals or a team of staff and/or volunteers.

Excellence in Design Award Sponsored by NAME
This award recognizes an exhibition (physical and/or digital) produced by a cultural institution that articulates content through engaging design and creates a satisfying visitor experience. Supporting materials must include installation documentation and audience feedback.

Innovation in Collections Access Award
This award recognizes exemplary projects (physical and/or digital) that broaden access, preserve, and catalog museum and heritage organization collections.

Engaging Communities Award
This award recognizes an organization’s that uses creative methods to engage its community and build new audiences. Projects can include collections interpretation, exhibitions, lecture series, educational or public programs, focus groups, strategic planning, or other community engagement effort.

For the Innovation in Collections Access Awards and Engaging Communities Award judges will consider making awards in the following four budget categories: Volunteer - $100,000, $100,000 - $500,000, $500,000 - $1,000,000, and over $1,000,000


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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