Dear Members of our Museum Community,
Welcome to our March edition of "This Month in NYS Museums!"
In this newsletter, Museum of the City of NY's Deputy Director and Chief Curator Sarah Henry shared the process for the museum's open call for objects in its New York Responds exhibition to document and interpret the pandemic and uprising for racial justice.
For the past six seasons, Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Site have donated more than 6,000 pounds of fresh produce to their local community. We spoke with Executive Director and Horticulturalist David Hutchings about their mission-driven community partnership.
In our advocacy update, Representative Paul Tonko (NY-20) is circulating a letter in the House of Representatives in support of robust funding in 2022 for the Office of Museum Services at the IMLS. Please help us secure more signatures from NY's Congressional Representatives.
In this month's Letter from Erika, MANY Executive Director Erika Sanger writes how we need to find a better way to make museums and the work of museum professionals comparable and comprehensible so we may better articulate how museums are essential to our communities.
We are excited to announce that our 2020 State of NYS Museums Survey is now open. Please share your data to help us create an accurate picture of New York's museums in 2020.
We hope you will join us this spring and summer for our virtual programs. Learn more and register here.
Lastly, please join us for our virtual Annual Meeting on Friday, April 16 and submit your questions for the MANY Board.
Thank you for your support,
Marketing & Communications Associate
Student Installation, Teacher's College, Columbia University, April 8, 2017
Humanities NY Action Grants Applications Due 4/1
The Action Grant application is now open! Action Grants offer up to $5,000 to implement humanities projects that encourage public audiences to reflect on their values, explore new ideas, and engage with others in their community. Proposals related to women's history and rights are welcome. The deadline is April 1st for projects starting July 1st, 2021, and later.
Coby Foundation Revises Guidelines for 2021 to Allow Expenses for Project-Related Salaries
The Coby Foundation, the nation’s only source of grants restricted to projects in fashion and textiles, has announced a special initiative for 2021. In recognition of the financial challenges museums and galleries are facing, the Foundation is encouraging applications for exhibition planning and implementation in its field that include a percentage of salary support for full- and part-time curatorial and collections staff who are engaged in the project.
World Awareness Children's Museum Documents Pandemic Through Students' Eyes
World Awareness Children’s Museum announces its partnership with ten schools and districts for a project titled “COVID-19 & Me: Changes in My World,” to document the pandemic through student-made art.
The goal of this project is to document the pandemic through children’s eyes. Participating students will create and display art that allows them to reflect on and process their experiences with the changes the COVID-19 pandemic has made in their lives. The project will culminate in virtual and physical art exhibits, featuring new artworks created by students in Kindergarten through 12th Grade.
Award-Winning Author Annette Gordon-Reed to Receive Empire State Archives and History Award
The New York State Archives Partnership Trust will award Annette Gordon-Reed, an award-winning author and history professor, the 2021 Empire State Archives and History Award on Tuesday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Cultural Education Center in Albany, New York. Harvard History Professor Gordon-Reed is known for her research on Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, and her Pulitzer Prize winning biography, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.
The public is invited to hear Annette Gordon-Reed speak about her distinguished career as an author, historian and professor with prominent Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 518-486-9349 or online at www.nysarchivestrust.org. The program will be held at the Cultural Education Center located at 222 Madison Avenue, Albany, New York.
Paleontological Research Institution Announces New Exhibit: Daring to Dig: Women in American Paleontology
The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) is excited to announce the opening of the Daring to Dig: Women in American Paleontology exhibit, The exhibit has two components, a temporary exhibit at the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca until Fall 2021, as well as an online version that can be accessed anywhere in the world. The physical and online exhibit opened to the public on Saturday, March 27.Read more
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