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The Power of Partnership

Albany, NY | March 28 - 31, 2020 


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Saturday, March 28

Museum and Folk Art Forum // NYS Museum, Huxley Theater

10 AM - 6 PM

Join us for demonstrations, performances, and discussions that will explore and strengthen the ways museums, folklorists, and traditional artists can work together to build understanding around the interpretation and presentation of traditional arts and shared informal learning practices.

Registration
$55 Members of MANY and NY Folklore
$65 Cultural Professionals

Registration includes lunch and closing reception.

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The Will to Adorn. An African American family wears traditional West African dress, which gives them a festive look at the 2009 Dance Africa Bazaar. Photo courtesy Smithsonian Center for Folklife & Cultural Heritage.


Sunday, March 29

10 AM  Conference Registration Opens // NYS Museum, 4th Floor

Mentor Meet-Up

Are you an emerging museum professional? Is this your first time attending the MANY conference? Connect with a MANY mentor!

Sponsored by Hadley Exhibits. 



11 AM Exhibitor Hall Opens

12 PM  Lunch // Available for all conference attendees on the 4th Floor

3 PM Opening Keynote 

Hannah Fox, Director of Projects and Programs for Derby Museums, UK 

"Putting the 'Us' in Museums" 

Chancellor's Hall, New York State Education Department Building

This program is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York. 



Hannah Fox,

Director of Projects and Programs for

Derby Museums, UK


4: 30 PM Opening Reception // The Rotunda, New York State Education Department Building

Join MANY and your museum colleagues for "The Power of Partnership" opening reception in The Rotunda. Event included in conference registration.


Sponsored by Aria Strategies.

The Rotunda at the New York State Education Building,

Photo courtesy Discover Albany

7 PM Museum Association of NY Dinner // 90 State Street

Show your support for your museum association at 90 State Street, an elegantly restored historic bank building with a lavishly appointed ballroom. Tickets available for purchase during conference registration. $85 MANY Members, $95 Non-Members



Monday, March 30

7 - 9 AM Conference Registration and Information // Hilton Albany

Conference Registration and Information Table will be located in front of the ballroom at the Hilton Albany. Table will close at 9 AM and relocated to the 4th Floor of the NYS Museum.

8 AM Breakfast, MANY Business Meeting, and Awards of Merit Ceremony // Hilton Albany Ballroom

Celebrate our 2020 Awards of Merit recipients in the Ballroom at the Hilton Albany. Breakfast is included with your conference registration.

Sponsored by I Love NY. 



At the NYS Museum

Coffee Served 10 AM - 4 PM // 4th Floor


Funders Office Hours

Schedule a one-on-one appointment with a funder or
museum leader.

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Silent Auction

Local NYS products

Artisan foods and beverages

Unique experiences

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Exhibit Hall

Visit 30 different exhibitors ranging from

technology specialists to architects. 

Meet the individuals and companies

who will help make your next project a success!


Vendor Bingo

Compete for prizes by visiting each Exhibitor!


9:30 AM Conference Information Table Opens //

NYS Museum, 4th Floor

Not sure where to go for your next conference session? Need the wifi password? Visit the Information Table on the 4th Floor at the NYS Museum.

Conference registration and information table will be located on the 4th Floor of the NYS Museum all day.


NYS Museum, photo courtesy Discover Albany

10:30 AM -  12 PM



Discovery and Storytelling in the Digital Age


Partnering for Access & Inclusion: A Three-Year Program on Collections Collaborations



Silo Breakdown: Internal Collaboration and Activating A Smithsonian Affiliation


Meet the Press: Practical Information When Working With the Media


Your Museum's Leadership Team: Building the Board-Executive Director Partnership


Making Non-Museum Partnerships Work

Development Coffee Talk 


12 - 1 PM Lunch

1 - 2:15 PM


Museum Hue Challenging Racial Inequity Through Partnership



"In Harm's Way" Climate Change and its Effects



Museums and Universities in Partnership


Restoring Indigenous Voices at Cultural and Historical Institutions


Teens Take the Lead: Collaboration and Genuine Partnership with Albany City Youth


Partnerships as Strategy: A Leadership Conversation

Exhibition Coffee Talk 


2:30 - 3:45 PM 


Checking Your Closets: Incorporating Queer Narratives in Historic House Museums


Context as Content: Designing Museums that Connect Visitors to Place



Building Consultant Connections: Success Strategies for Small Museums


Commemorating the 19th Amendment: A Partnership Between the American Conservation Experience and National Park Service


The Advantage of Creating an Arts District for Museums and Arts Organizations


The Citizenship Project: Engaging Immigrant Communities by Building Partnerships

Director Coffee Talk 

4 PM Last call for Exhibitor Bingo & Silent Auction Closes

Turn in your cards at the information desk by 4 PM to be entered to win the prize.

Silent Auction closes at 4:15 PM. Winners may pay and collect their items on the 4th Floor of the NYS Museum. All items not collected will be available for pick up at the Hilton Albany.


5 - 7 PM Cocktails at the Corning Observation Deck

Enjoy aerial views of Albany, live music, and wind down after a full day of Conference Sessions. Tickets available for purchase during conference registration and include MANY signature cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. $55 MANY Members, $65 Non-Members.

Sponsored by Advance Media. 



7 - 9 PM Out and About in Albany

NYS Capitol Evening Tour SOLD OUT!

Explore the historic NYS Capitol, the seat of New York State Government. These tours are free but advance registration is required.

Beer Pub Trolley Tour

Enjoy sipping your way through 400 years of brewing culture in downtown Albany with a guided tour! Stops include: Druthers, Albany Pump Station, and Fort Orange Brewing. Trolley transportation provided to and from the Hilton Albany and each stop. Each stop includes a sample of locally crafted beer. $45 MANY Members / $55 Non-Members. Tickets available when you register for the conference.


NYS Capitol, photo courtesy Discover Albany

9 PM Late-Night Trivia // Hilton Albany

Challenge your museum knowledge and compete with old and new friends in a special private room at the Hilton Albany with our Late-Night Trivia with special guest MCs. Cash bar available. Free and open to all conference attendees but registration required.

Sponsored by POW! Paul Orselli Workshop. 

Albany at Night, photo courtesy Discover Albany


Tuesday, March 31

7:30 AM Information Table Opens // Hilton Albany

8 AM Breakfast


9 AM Closing Keynote // Hilton Albany Ballroom

Robert Fields, President & Executive Director, Weeksville Heritage Center


Sponsored by NYSCA.

Robert Fields, Executive Director, Weeksville Heritage Center

Conference Capstones

Before you leave Albany, join a conference capstone for a behind the scenes tour or unique look into a local museum. Transportation is not provided to or from any of the Conference Capstones. Conference Capstones are free but advance registration is required. 

Sponsored by OnCell. 


1 PM Creating a Dutch Colonial Heritage Hudson Valley Tourism Experience with Russell Shorto // Albany Institute of History & Art

Russell Shorto’s June 2019 NY Times article “In the Hudson Valley: A Drive Back in Time” renewed public tourism interest in Dutch colonial history.

New York’s Dutch roots give the state’s history a unique grounding, and they offer historic sites an opportunity with great potential for tourism and economic development. Mr. Shorto and tourism industry partners will join us in brainstorming ideas on how historic sites can create a new tourism experiences centered around Dutch Colonial history. 

This Capstone is free to conference attendees but space is limited. 

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This program is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General othe Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York. 



New York’s Dutch roots give the state’s history a unique grounding, and they offer historic sites an opportunity with great potential for tourism and economic development. Mr. Shorto will join us in brainstorming ideas on how historic sites can create a new tourism experiences centered around Dutch Colonial history. 

10:45 AM Guided Tour of the NYS Canal System

Experience a guided tour with William Sweitzer, Director of Marketing for NYS Canal Corporation and Duncan Hay, Historian, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

 of the New York State Canal System's locks and infrastructure at the junction of the Erie and Champlain Canals and the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers in Waterford. Five locks and a series of guard gates help the Erie Canal bypass the Cohoes Falls on the Mohawk River. Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor's historian, Duncan Hay, will provide a narrated tour of this National Historic Landmark system. 

Tour includes Falls View Park & Harmony Mills District, Waterford Flight, Waterford Harbor Visitor Center, the 1897 Mechanicville hydroelectric Plant (the world's oldest 3 phase power plant still in operation), and Champlain Canal Lock C2.

Tour will depart from the Hilton Albany at 10:45 AM and return to the hotel at 2:30 PM.

Lunch is included.

   


Cancellation Policy

All requests for refunds must be made in writing via e-mailand received before March 20, 2020. A full refund, less a $40 administrative charge, will be issued. Refunds requested after this date will not be granted, including requests made based on absence due to illness, late arrival for courses and/or weather conditions.

Conference schedule, including pre-conference workshops, conference sessions, special events, are subject to change.

For information please email conference@nysmuseums.org or call 518-273-3400


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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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