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Dear MANY Members,

This issue of This Month in NYS Museums may take a little longer to read than our previous issues. As we are all trying to create a new balance in our home and work lives, we wanted to share some tools to help you through this difficult time. Megan Eves' article "How to Connect When the Doors are Closed" may inspire you to think about new ways to engage your audiences with virtual content. My letter this month "Working Together in Uncertain Times" encourages us all to stay connected and invites you to register to join us each Friday at noon for our virtual MANY Meet Ups. We are compiling resources for you as quickly as we can and updating our website on a daily basis. If you and your staff have already been negatively impacted by your museum's closure, please click here to add your data to the chart. MANY will be sharing this information widely. 

The newsletter also includes a list of webinars scheduled for this week. Please look at the National Council of Nonprofits Initial Analysis of the CARE Act and register to participate in their webinar on Tuesday, March 31 at 3:30 to learn how it may help you keep your employees on payroll, pay your rent, or support the health insurance benefits you offer your employees. 

The newsletter includes our "2019 Annual Report" that would have been distributed at the business meeting during our annual conference that was postponed in light of the pandemic. I am pleased to share that the conference has been rescheduled for November 8, 9, and 10 at the New York State Museum and the Albany Hilton. The Museum and Folk Art Forum will be on November 7.  As we re-construct the conference program we will post the updates on our website. If you have requested a registration refund, you will receive a confirmation email this week. If think you can join us in November, we would be pleased to hold your registration till then. 

We have also included "The State of New York State Museums: 2019." We know we look very different today than we did a year ago and we will look very different a year from now. This report will serve as an essential benchmark as we think about how to make the future of New York's museums better. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the MANY Board of Directors, MANY Marketing and Social Media Coordinator Megan Eves, and MANY Association Administrator Hadley DesMeules for their dedicated work these past several weeks in support of our museum community. Learning how to work remotely has been challenge for all of us. These exceptional museum professionals have made it all a little easier. If there is a museum professional you know that could use our assistance, please encourage them to join MANY, we want to do whatever is in our power to help.


With thanks,


Erika Sanger, Executive Director


 

State of NYS Museums

In 2019, 206 (15% of our state’s museums) responded to a survey circulated by Museum Association of New York. The aggregated data was used to create this first report in almost ten years to paint a picture of our field. We are grateful for the time and generosity of our colleagues who shared their information. We accelerated the release of this report in response to the COVID-19 pandemic because we know we look very different today than we did a year ago and we will look very different a year from now. This report will serve as an essential benchmark as we think of ways to make the future of New York's museums better together.

In 2019, 206 (15% of our state’s museums) responded to a survey circulated by Museum Association of New York. The aggregated data was used to create this first report in almost ten years to paint a picture of our field. We are grateful for the time and generosity of our colleagues who shared their information. We accelerated the release of this report in response to the COVID-19 pandemic because we know we look very different today than we did a year ago and we will look very different a year from now. This report will serve as an essential benchmark as we think of ways to make the future of New York's museums better together.

To view the entire report, please make sure you are logged into your MANY Membership account. This report is a benefit of your membership.

To view the entire report, please make sure you are logged into your MANY Membership account. This report is a benefit of your membership.
Click here to see the full report

MANY News


2019 Annual Report

 

Click here to see our 2019 Annual Report


How to Connect When the Doors Are Closed

How to Connect When the Doors Are Closed


Across New York State, museums have closed to combat the spread of COVID-19. Globally, we have seen a surge of online museum content as museums continue to engage with the public. There is an abundance of resources already helping museums navigate the digital world in the wake of the pandemic. For this article, I will focus on sharing a few examples from the museum community to help inspire your own institution in this unique and challenging time. Across New York State, museums have closed to combat the spread of COVID-19. Globally, we have seen a surge of online museum content as museums continue to engage with the public. There is an abundance of resources already helping museums navigate the digital world in the wake of the pandemic. For this article, I will focus on sharing a few examples from the museum community to help inspire your own institution in this unique and challenging time. 

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Letter from Erika:

Working Together in Uncertain Times

Letter from Erika:

Working Together in Uncertain Times

Dear Members of the MANY Museum Community,

Dear Members of the MANY Museum Community,

I hope all who are reading this are well, that your families are well, and that you are taking precautionary measures to remain healthy and safe.

When we began to prepare the 2019 annual report that will be included in the March 30 MANY newsletter, there was no way to foresee where we are today. Every museum in New York is closed, thousands of staff have already been laid off, and thousands more will follow. A Washington DC source estimated that as many as 30% of museums across the nation may remain permanently closed. That is a statistic that we are working hard to reduce with advocacy, information, and support for the field. If you have not looked at the resource pages of our website, please take a moment and check, there may be something there that can help you make a hard decision easier.

hope all who are reading this are well, that your families are well, and that you are taking precautionary measures to remain healthy and safe

When we began to prepare the 2019 annual report that will be included in the March 30 MANY newsletter, there was no way to foresee where we are today. Every museum in New York is closed, thousands of staff have already been laid off, and thousands more will follow. A Washington DC source estimated that as many as 30% of museums across the nation may remain permanently closed. That is a statistic that we are working hard to reduce with advocacy, information, and support for the field. If you have not looked at the resource pages of our website, please take a moment and check, there may be something there that can help you make a hard decision easier.

Read More

 


Important Webinars Coming Up This Week

March 30—Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS): Mitigating COVID-19 When Managing Paper-Based, Circulating, and Other Types of Collections

March 30—Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS): Mitigating COVID-19 When Managing Paper-Based, Circulating, and Other Types of Collections

March 31—Leading Virtual Teams with the Institute of Nonprofit Leadership and Community Development

March 31—Federal Coronavirus Relief Bills: What Do They Mean for Nonprofits?

April 1—Nonprofit COVID Impact: Furlough & Lay-Off Concerns & Federal Emergency Loan Considerations with NYCON

For NYCON members only.  Click here to join

April 2—Collections Care in the Age of COVID-19

March 31—Leading Virtual Teams with the Institute of Nonprofit Leadership and Community Developmen

March 31—Federal Coronavirus Relief Bills: What Do They Mean for Nonprofits?April 1—Nonprofit COVID Impact: Furlough & Lay-Off Concerns & Federal Emergency Loan Considerations with NYCOFor NYCON members only.  Click here to j

April 2—Collections Care in the Age of COVID-19

MANY has always been about staying connected. In the coming weeks, we will focus on helping you stay informed and supported in this difficult time.

MANY has always been about staying connected. In the coming weeks, we will focus on helping you stay informed and supported in this difficult time.

Each Friday at noon, we are hosting a Virtual Meet-Up for our MANY museum community.


Each Friday at noon, we are hosting a Virtual Meet-Up for our MANY museum community

Missed a meet-up? Click here to listen!

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