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    • October 22, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Chemung County Historical Society 415 E Water St, Elmira, NY 14901

    Chemung County Historical Society
    Monday, October 22, 2018

    Registration includes coffee, lunch, and all three sessions!

    10:00-11:30am - Skeletons in the Closet: How to Tackle the Biggest Collections Challenges Head On

    Miranda PetersCollections Manager, Fort Ticonderoga
    Margaret Staudter, Registrar, Fort Ticonderoga

    Every museum has a corner, closet, or even room where “difficult” collections have accumulated. These are the overwhelming areas where you don’t know where to begin. Join the Fort Ticonderoga staff to discuss past museum practices, unfit storage spaces, documentation, and how to re-house over 23,000 objects in 12 months.

    11:30 - 12:00pm - MANY Update: Advocacy & Programs by Erika Sanger

    12:00 - 1:00pm - Lunch

    1:00 - 2:30 - How to Facilitate Community Conversations

    Michael Washburn, Director of Programs, Humanities New York
    Connor Goodwin, Programs Officer, Humanities New York

    Humanities New York will lead a special training workshop during which participants will develop their skills in making discussions more productive and engaging and will learn strategies to involve museum program attendees in thoughtful conversations.

    2:45 - 4:15 - New World of Corporate Membership and Sponsorship

    Becky Wehle, President & CEO, Genesee Country Village & Museum

    The corporate giving landscape has changed in recent years as large companies (and their big gifts) disappear and smaller companies are looking for a stronger return on their investment. Join development staff, a fundraising consultant, and a corporate representative to exchange ideas about identifying, cultivating, and stewarding corporations for membership and sponsorship.

    All workshop attendees are invited to MANY's Southern Tier Meet Up following at 4:30. Registration available here

    Thank you to our Sponsors!

    • October 22, 2018
    • 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Chemung County Historical Society

    Chemung County Historical Society
    415 E. Water Street
    Elmira, NY 14901
    October 22, 2018

    4:30-5:30 PM Tour: Chemung County Historical Society

    5:30-7:00 PM Meet-Up and Reception 

    Museum staff will lead us on a private tour followed by our Meet-Up when we will gather together for a discussion about important issues and share information about upcoming MANY professional development opportunities. Please join us for light refreshments, beer provided by Diversion Brewing Company, and time to network with Southern Tier colleagues. 

    Thank you to our Sponsors!


    • October 26, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Peebles Island Visitors Center 1 Delaware Ave, Cohoes, NY 12047

    Peebles Island Visitors Center
    Friday, October 26, 2018

    Registration includes coffee, lunch and all three sessions!

    9:30 - 11:00am - Speed Curating

    Christy DeLair, Associate Curator, Longyear Museum of Anthropology, Colgate University
    Nicholas West, Curator of Collections, Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University

    Come meet your match(es) of your curatorial dreams! Part networking, part brainstorming, this session will help museum professionals turn half-formed ideas into a developed plan by connecting other museum professionals. Like speed-dating, participants will rotate to a new partner every five minutes.

    11:14 - 12:45pm - Creativity Incubator: Looking at Your Collections in New Way

    Fabiana Chiu-Rinaldi, Arts Program Officer, Electronic Media & Film | Museums, New York State Council on the Arts
    Kristin Herron, Arts Program Director, Architecture + Design | Museums, New York State Council on the Arts
    Kerry Sclafani, Prog
    ram Director, Greater Hudson Heritage Network
    Priscilla Brendler, Executive Director, Greater Hudson Heritage Network

    Ready to experiment? Join staff of the New York State Council on the Arts, the Greater Hudson Heritage Network and participating museums to learn about the “Creativity Incubator.” Part social media competition, part experimental lab - be prepared for the unexpected!

    12:45 - 1:45pm - Lunch

    1:45 - 2:00pm - MANY Update: Advocacy & Programs with Erika Sanger

    2:00 - 3:30pm - Found in Translation, Museums as Part of the Immigrant Experience
    Mariano Desmaras, Creative Director, Museum Environments
    Jennifer Schantz, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, New-York Historical Society
    Andrew Rebatta, Assistant Curator, Museum of Chinese in America
    Hannah Davis, Upstate New York Regional Representative for Folk Arts, NYS Folklore Society
    Patricia Lannes, Director and Founder, CALTA21.

    The immigration experience introduces a new dialectic between changing and preserving values, which contributes to new perspectives and impacts museum activities. Museum professionals from diverse organizations will site specific examples of this unique experience: re-telling of history and appreciation of culture, new multi-lingual approaches, and redefining community.

    Thank you to our Sponsors!

    • November 13, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Oneida County History Center 1608 Genesee St, Utica, NY 13502
    • 13

    Risk Management for Collections
    November 13, 2018

    What is Risk Management for Collections?

    Risk management is an integral part of the decision-making process for organizational stewardship. It is especially useful for those responsible for the care, survival, and accessibility of our cultural heritage. Risk Management for Collections is a strategy developed by the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed, or RCE). The RCE strategy identifies, analyzes, and evaluates risks to collections.

    The Risk Management for Collections program concentrates on the further development of a user-friendly method of risk management. This program will make this method accessible to and provide attendees with the necessary information so that small organizations with limited resources may conduct risk assessments and manage relevant risks.

    Why should you register?

    The tools of a Risk Management approach rank and set priorities to reduce loss of value and manage the real threats to a collection using the QuickScan and ABC Method. The program will support collection managers in making well-balanced decisions about the allocation of collection care resources and communicating needs with stakeholders.

    These workshops will teach you how to apply value-based and risk-based decision making to achieve sustainable conservation and preservation actions in your collections. It is suitable for anyone working in the museum field, including collection managers, archivists, librarians, curators, educators, conservators, building managers, historic preservation officers, and administrators.

    Registration includes coffee and lunch $35 MANY members; $45 future members!

    Who will be there?

    Dr. Bart Ankersmit is a Senior Researcher at the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands in Amsterdam (RCE). After receiving his Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry, Ankersmit started working at the RCE in 1996. His work began with a four-year EU project on the preventive conservation of silver artifacts and has shifted to managing risks to collections. In 2009, Ankersmit published the new climate guidelines for Dutch museums, Managing Indoor Climate Risks, in which a decision-making process was presented that balances the value of the building and the objects with climate risks to find an optimal mitigation strategy. An updated and translated version was released in 2016.

    Renate van Leijen is the Advisor of Safe Heritage at the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands in Amsterdam (RCE). The Safe Heritage program at the RCE focuses on risk and crisis management, emergency planning, incident registration, and collection assistance with special attention given to awareness and prevention. They share information, develop products and services with and for the heritage managers, heritage advisors, and directors. 

    When is it?

    November 13, 2018

    Where is it?

    Oneida County History Center
    1608 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502

    About the RCE: The Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed) is part of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The RCE helps other parties to get the best out of cultural heritage. They are closely involved in listing, preserving, sustainably developing and providing access to the most valuable heritage in their country. They are the link between policymakers, academics and practitioners. They provide advice, knowledge and information, and perform certain statutory duties. 

    Check back soon for more registration information.

    • November 13, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Oneida County History Center

    Oneida County History Center
    1608 Genesee Street
    Utica, NY 13502
    November 13, 2018 

    5:30-7:00 PM Meet-Up and Reception

    We will gather together for a discussion about important issues and share information about upcoming MANY professional development opportunities. Please join us for light refreshments and time to network with Mohawk Valley colleagues. 

    Thank you to our Sponsors!

    • November 15, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Long Island Children's Museum

    Long Island Children's Museum
    11 Davis Avenue
    Garden City, NY 11530
    November 15, 2018 

    6:00-7:30 PM Meet-Up and Reception

    We will gather together for a discussion about important issues and share information about upcoming MANY professional development opportunities. Please join us for light refreshments and time to network with Long Island colleagues. 

    • November 16, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Long Island Children's Museum 11 Davis Ave, Garden City, NY 11530

    Long Island Children's Museum
    Friday, November 16, 2018

    Option 1:
    Session #A: Opportunities with NYSCA

    Kristin Herron, Arts Program Director, Architecture + Design, Museum, New York State Council on the Arts

    Session #B: Reclaiming our Time: Making History Relevant by Connecting Slavery and Racism in Modern America

    Micah Blumenthal, Storyteller/Co-Workshop Leader, TMI Project
    Kara Gaffken, Director of Public Programming, Historic Huguenot Street

    Discover how three organizations came together to shed light on the connection between slavery in America and the continued racism and discrimination in American society. We will divulge how we turned an immersive, overnight experience in a slave cellar into five, first-person monologues; includes live performance.

    Session #C: CTLE and Me: How to Meet the Needs of Educators

    James R. Jenkins, Museum Instructor, New York State Museum
    Michael Stevens, Museum Educator, School and Teacher Programs, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

    Engaging teachers can be a difficult even without NYSED Continued Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) requirements. This session will provide an overview of the requirements and the application process. Session leaders will offer examples of teacher workshops that meet CTLE requirements and discuss how to improve and attract teachers to your programs.

    Option 2:
    Full Day Workshop:
    Finding the Words: Interpretive Writing Workshop

    Kris Wetterlund, Director of Education and Interpretation, Corning Museum of Glass

    This writing workshop is designed to give you the skills to write engaging and informative interpretive text for the general museum visitor using storytelling techniques, museum visitor studies data and creative nonfiction principles. The workshop will also give you time and space to practice these skills.

    For the workshop you’ll need to bring an image of one work of art to write about. You may bring supporting information about the work of art, but it’s not necessary. You may also bring writing you plan to revise, or you may start with a blank slate. You’ll also need whatever writing tools you prefer: pen or pencil and paper, computer, iPad or any other tool you like to use.

    Writing Workshop Outline
    1. Learn about core messages.
    2. Learn about core messages and how to apply constructivist learning theory in interpretive writing.
    3. Understand the difference between writing about concrete versus abstract concepts.
    4. Learn about the average adult museum visitor and what they read in everyday life.
    5. Capitalize on the power of the unexpected and use mysteries to capture attention.
    6. Learn rules for good writing in any arena, including understanding active versus passive text.
    7. Explore National Geographic magazine captions.
    8. Learn how to make interpretive text personal.
    9. Appeal to a reader’s identity to answer the question: Why should I care?
    10. Learn the science behind storytelling and use it as a powerful tool for interpretation.
    11. Readability: what is it and how to assess it.

    Thank you to our Sponsors!

    • February 25, 2019
    • February 26, 2019

    Save the Date!

     American Alliance of Museums'
    Museum Advocacy Day
    February 25-26, 2019
    Washington, DC

    Be a part of the largest group of advocates as MANY lead's New York's delegation of advocates through AAM's Advocacy Day. Spend Monday learning alongside peers from across the country and Tuesday visiting your representatives in Congress. It has never been more important to raise your voice in support of museums and cultural institutions. 

    All MANY members will receive discounted registration for AAM's Museum Advocacy Day. 

    Registration information, hotel information, and travel details to be released soon.

    Subscribe on MANY's website to receive regular Advocacy Updates.

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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