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Museum & Folk Art Forum 

Join us on Saturday, March 28, 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. 

Presenters will include:

  • Chelsea Dowell, Director of Public Engagement, Museum at Eldridge Street

  • Michael Galban, Curator, Seneca Art & Culture Center, Ganondagan State Historic Site

  • Hanna Griff-Sleven, Folklorist

  • Peter Jemison, Artist and Historic Site Manager, Seneca Art & Culture Center, Ganondagan State Historic Site 

  • Madaha Kinsey-Lamb, Executive Director/Founder Mind Builders Creative Arts Center

  • Tonia Loran-Galban, Artist and Senior Native Interpretive Guide, Seneca Art & Culture Center, Ganondagan State Historic Site

  • Elena Martinez, City Lore, Folklorist; Bronx Music Heritage Center, Co-Artistic Director

  • Ellen McHale, Executive Director, New York Folklore

  • Edward Yong Jun Millar, Curator of Folk Arts, Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University

  • Mary Mix, Director of Education, The Rockwell Museum

  • Diana N'Diaye, Cultural Specialist and Curator, Smithsonian Center for Folklife

  • Leonel and Dolores Rosario, Artists

  • Amy Ruza, Youth and Family Programs Educator, The Rockwell Museum

  • Simon Shaheen, Violinist, Oudist, Professor of Strings, Berklee School of Music

  • Constance Sullivan-Blum, Executive Director, The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes 

  • Julie Tay, Vice President & Executive Director, Mencius Society for the Arts

Registration: 

$55 for Members of MANY and NY Folklore

$65 for Cultural Professionals

Registration includes lunch and closing reception.

The forum will be held in the Huxley Theater at the NYS Museum from 10:00 AM - 6 PM.

Click here to register

Click here for other pre-conference programming.

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.

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Reserve your room at the Conference Hotel

The Hilton Albany is our conference hotel located steps away from the NYS Museum, New York State Capital, New York State Education Building, and more!

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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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