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Sonnenburg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Site 2018 Meet-Up

Sonnenburg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Site

2018 Meet-Up

Hello MANY Members,

This Month in NYS Museum News brings you a new feature - profiles of Museum professionals who work in our state. We launch this new feature with Megan Eves’ interview with Josh Voda, Public Affairs Officer, at the NYC branch of the SI’s Museum of the American Indian.

We are frequently asked where museums can find funding for projects. The Coby Foundation is supporting textile-based projects across the nation and is looking to fund more projects in Upstate NY. Have some interesting items in storage? Open boxes, take a good look, and talk to Ward Mintz, the foundation’s Director.

Along with a new feature, you might notice a new design and take about 3 minutes to watch our second video, this one about the Water/Ways launch at the Erie Canal Museum.

We are especially proud of the Meet-Up and Workshop programs we put together for you for the fall. As we were putting the last pieces in place, I realized how fortunate I was to be able to visit each of the host museums and listen to all of the amazing presenters. As I approach my third anniversary as Executive Director of MANY, I want to extend my thanks to all of our members and supporters who have helped us grow and be able to share these amazing opportunities with you.

See you on the road!

Erika Sanger, Executive Director



Textile Research and Exhibition implementation Support Available from the Coby Foundation

Shelia Pepe Hot Mess Formalism at the Everson Museum of Art. Photo by David Broda

Shelia Pepe: Hot Mess Formalism at the Everson Museum of Art. Photo by David Broda

The Coby Foundation has awarded more than $5 million to over 170 projects in its history in order to promote scholarly research about and exhibition implementation for textiles. While the Foundation has funded larger museums, it now wants to support smaller museums, specifically in Upstate New York.  READ MORE


MANY Profile: Joshua Voda, Public Affairs Officer at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, New York

Joshua Voda, Public Affairs Officer at a museum staff event in the New York Museums' Diker Pavilion for Native Arts and Cultures.

Joshua Voda, Public Affairs Officer at a museum staff event in the New York Museums' Diker Pavilion for Native Arts and Cultures.

Five years ago, Joshua Voda almost stared a career with the Internal Revenue Service, but but after serving for six years in the United States Air Force, Joshua missed public service. This past April, Joshua joined us in Cooperstown to attend his first MANY annual conference. We caught up with him to learn more about his journey to the museum field. READ MORE


Hello Water/Ways! 

The Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street WaterWays Exhibition has washed ashore at the Erie Canal Museum

The Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street Water/Ways Exhibition has "washed ashore" at the Erie Canal Museum. All six host sites joined MANY in Syracuse to learn how to build this incredible exhibition. WATCH NOW


Tell Me Something Good

The Museum Association of New York Member Map illustrating our 650+members across all 10 Regional Economic Development Regions

I am taking the opportunity for this “Letter from Erika” for a bit of shameless promotion of MANY fall programs. I usually use this space to comment on trends and topics I find relevant and important to bring to the attention of colleagues. This time, they are one and the sameREAD MORE

Member News

SITES Now Accepting Pre-Orders for New Poster Exhibition: Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II

A limited quantity of printed posters are available on request to schools, museums, and other educational organizations at no cost. These posters are expected to be ready for shipping by Fall 2019. The poster exhibition in a digital format with printing instructions as well as a user’s guide with a checklist, mounting instructions, and educational resources will be available for download online soon.

2020 Census

Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States, creating national awareness of the importance of the census and its valuable statistics. Museums can help with Census outreach by:

  • To have a Census table at the entrance or high traffic area.

  • Census Partnership Specialists present at museum events.

  • Print census message on the visitor entrance ticket.

  • Have a 2020 Census exhibition.

  • Host Cen

  • sus workshops at the museum.

  • Add Census in newsletters.

  • Host a 2020 Census job fair at the museum.

  • Send Census materials home with kids visiting from schools and have Census fun facts workshops with students. 

  • Put a "Shape Your Future Starts Here" (2020 Census logo) banner at the entrance or ticket booth.

  • Send email remainders to members and local contacts to participate in Census.

To learn more about how your museum can help with Census 2020 learn more here.

Read the American Library Association's "Libraries Guide to the 2020 Census."

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Museum Corner

Fort Ticonderoga Unveils New Interactive Website

Warhol Foundation Awards Grant to the Brooklyn Museum for "Lorraine O'Grady, Both/And" Exhibition

Jay Heritage Center Hires New Director

Graycliffe Hires Rev. Dr. Skip Ferguson as new Executive Director

Do you have something to celebrate? A new hire? A grant? Milestone?

Email us!


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Send us your newsletter comments.


Listening to

Museum on Main Street: A Love Letter to Small Town America

Museums in Strange Places 


Blown Away via Corning Museum of Glass


Collection Insights

via The Met


What are you listening to, watching, and reading in the museum sphere? Share what's on your radar! 


in the News

>Hudson River Maritime Museum Receives Documentary Heritage Program Grant

>I [Heart] Tourism: Why the City is Better When it's Full of Annoying Visitors 

>Studio Museum in Harlem Names Artists in Residence

>Planning Board Approves Albright-Knox Expansion

>'Schuyler Sisters' Exhibit Examines Albany's Hamilton Link

>MoMA Just Received an Extraordinary Donation of African Contemporary Art

>$50M in Estate Restorations Complete at Darwin Martin House 

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Access and Identity: Leading for the Future

The Museum Institute at Great Camp Sagamore

September 24-27

The Institute is the perfect place for emerging and established leaders to develop strategies to face new challenges. What you learn in this immersive, participatory program will help you affect positive change in your organization, your career, and your community.

Learn more

Register today

Fall Meet-Ups & Workshops

2019 Meet-Ups

2019 Workshops


Grant Opportunities

2019 Applications Available for the Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) Program


Instagram Catch Up

long the shores of Cayuga Lake at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University. Designed by I.M. Pei & Partners, the museum opened in 1973.

the Edith Langley Barrett Art Gallery at Utica College! The Gallery is an interdisciplinary laboratory for the development of visual communication, critical analysis, and reasoning skills and presents four exhibitions of local, regional, and national artists each year.

Bottles and bottle and bottles. Over 2,800 to be precise in the National Bottle Museum collection. This entire wall features 2,000 bottles of many colors, shapes and forms. The museum also offers hot-glass classes at their Glassworks Studio.

The Roberson Museum and Science Center will host the 15th ”Focus on Nature” Exhibition in collaboration with the New York State Museum opening Sunday, July 21. “Focus on Nature” will let visitors experience the depth of nature through these vibrant and dynamic contemporary natural history illustrations in this biennial, international, juried show. This exhibition has been in existence for over 30 years with 448 artists. The Roberston Museum and Science Center will have more than 60 nature studies on view.

We stopped into the Rome Historical Society and took a peak at just a few of the over 40,000 collection items including this taxidermy falcon held by Rome Historical Society Executive Director Arthur Simmons, a wicker coffin, and a look into their newspaper archives.

“I.M. Pei designed the Everson Museum of Art to be a grand sculptural object sitting in a plaza, surrounded by the forms of the modern city. He rejected the traditional notion that a museum needed to be a monumental container for art and decided it ought to be a sculptural work of art itself. This allowed him to design a building that could be experienced as sculpture.” -Frank Sherman (The American Institute of Architects)

the Wharton Studio Museum in Ithaca, NY! The Wharton Studio Museum is one of the founding partners in the new Tompkins Center for History and Culture. The WSM preserves and celebrates Ithaca's role in early American filmmaking. Every year the WSM produces silent Movie Under the Stars

MANY staff had some fun at the @mostsyracuse with this augmented reality sandbox!

Today MANY board and staff traveled to Olana State Historic Site for our June meeting. What an incredible place to meet as we work to better serve #nysmuseums and strengthen our organization.

the Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site! Home to Philip J. Schuyler, a Revolutionary War general, and his wife Catharine Van Rensselaer where they raised their eight children, this site is a must-see for Hamilton fans. Alexander Hamilton proposed to and married Elizabeth Schuyler here in 1870.

Here we go! We’re at the New York State Museum for our first conference planning committee for The Power of Partnership in Albany March 29-31, 2020.

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@nysmuseumsand tag us in your photos!


>August 24 Water/Ways opening in Aurora  

>August 28 Mohawk Valley Meet-up at the Utica Zoo

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