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  • February 11, 2018 12:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Members of the MANY now have access to a variety of exclusive features!
    Log-in to your MANY Profile here or join us today.

    Member Discussion Forum
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    Exhibition & Events Forum
    Use this forum to share information about your upcoming events, programs, and exhibits. Although the public can see what is posted from a link on our homepage, only MANY members can share their content.  Help us spread the word about all the exciting things happening in New York State museums. 

    Museum Marketplace 
    Search the marketplace to find consultants and industry partners to help with your advertising, exhibit design, website/social media channels, collections storage, shipping, event management, conservation, and more!

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    Updates from the desk of our Executive Director.

    Events
    Check our event pages for updates on Meet Ups and workshops as we gather members across the state and in your region. 


  • February 09, 2018 9:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    One Week Left for Early Bird Registration!


    Dear Members, Friends, and Colleagues,

    Take a look at your appointment calendar for next week. Don’t see time set aside to register for MANY’s annual conference? Squeeze 15 minutes between meetings and don’t miss out!

    There is just one week left for you to take advantage of our early bird registration rate. Come to Rochester, April 8-10 to join the conversation about “Visioning Change” for the future of New York museums and cultural institutions.

    Click here to register today!

    See you in Rochester!


    Erika Sanger
    Executive Director


  • December 22, 2017 3:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    December 22, 2017


    Dear Members, Friends, and Colleagues, 


    As we prepare to pause in our busy lives to celebrate the holidays and the coming New Year, I'd like to thank you for your support in 2017. New members, new grant awards, new advocacy advances, a new strategic plan, and new partnerships are helping to launch MANY into 2018 with a greater capacity to serve museums in New York.

    With the workforce development grant and project grant award from NYSCA's museum program, we will soon be a staff of three! Our board of trustees stepped up for you with everyone making a donation to our annual appeal. In 2018, we will launch a campaign to raise funds in support of scholarships to attend our annual conference and we hope you will help us help those museum professionals who would otherwise be unable to attend.

    Together, our voices are stronger than ever before, with a 30% increase in the numbers of members, including 72 new members and 97 organizations who re-joined MANY in 2017.  

     

    MANY speaks for every museum equally, regardless of budget size, location, or content area. Many of our members represent New York's history community, almost a third are art museums, and others represent science and wildlife centers, zoos, and gardens. A selection of our members are on the list below; two from each of the ten REDC regions.


    Capital Region

    Mid-Hudson

    Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region

    Historic Huguenot Street 

    Olana State Historic Site

    FDR Presidential Library & Museum

    Central New York

    Mohawk Valley

    Erie Canal Museum

    Fenimore Art Museum

    Everson Museum of Art

    Utica Zoo

    Finger Lakes

    New York City

    Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Rochester Museum & Science Center

    Brooklyn Botanic Garden

    Long Island 

    Southern Tier

    Pollock-Krasner House & 
    Study Center

    Rockwell Museum of American Art 

    Oyster Bay Historical Society

    Finger Lakes Boating Museum

    North Country

    Western New York 

    Akwesasne Museum

    Burchfield Penny Art Center

    Adirondack Experience, 
    The Museums at Blue Mountain Lake

    Aquarium of Niagara


    Registration for Visioning Change, our 2018 annual conference, will open on January 16. When you click to register, you will find a new website with an intuitive interface and faster navigation. The key to the new site will be your personal or organizational "log in" that you will create the first time you visit. We are excited by all of the new features our members will be able to access. 

     

    There are two potential funding sources that might be able to support conference attendance; we will share more that may follow as we learn about the: NYSCA professional development grants and grants from the The Pomeroy Foundation


    There is still time before the end of the year to donate to MANY. Every dollar you donate amplifies our ability to help you succeed.


    Wishing you a wonderful New Year!
     

    Erika Sanger

    Executive Director

    Museum Association of New York

      Questions about the conference or want a chance to sponsor/exhibit? 

    email us  at conference@manyonline.org or visit our website


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  • December 13, 2017 3:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    MANY Receives REDC Grant for Administrative Workforce Expansion


    MANY is thrilled to announce that we received our first Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) grant for Administrative Workforce Expansion! We would like to thank Governor Cuomo and the members of the Capital Region Economic Development Council for their support of the Museum Association of New York and the New York State museum field.  

     

    The grant will allow MANY to hire a Marketing and Social Media Coordinator to manage digital marketing and communications, enrich our service to the field, promote professional development programs, share funding opportunities, and improve economic stability in New York's cultural sector.


    Thanks to everyone who signed our letter of support and congratulations to all the organizations who received support. You can find the full list of grant awards here


    Erika Sanger

    Executive Director 


  • December 12, 2017 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Museum Education Act is seen as an integral part of equity

    in education statewide. 

    Dear Friends, Colleagues, and MANY Members,

    On Tuesday, the New York State Board of Regents unanimously endorsed the $1.6 billion state aid proposal along with their 2018 budget and legislative priorities. We are thrilled to report that for the first time ever the Regents designated the Museum Education Act as a budget priority and proposed $5 million to fund it.

     

    Under their state budget priorities, the Regents describe this new program as:

     

    Expanding Access to Education Programs through Cultural Institutions - Support the Museum Education Act and establish competitive grants to support cultural institutions that seek to establish or improve museum education programs designed to improve and support student learning opportunities, including supporting the development of local curricular aids.

     

    And if this action was not sufficiently awesome on its own, the State Education Department released a video on today of Commissioner MaryEllen Elia's statement about how increasing equity has been the driving force behind everything SED does. In talking about equity, the Commissioner specifically mentions passing the Museum Education Act and linking museum education programs with pre k -12 schools to enable students to learn from the museums' "incredible collections".

     

    We are grateful to Chancellor Betty Rosa, Regent Roger Tilles, Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, Executive Deputy Commissioner Elizabeth Berlin and Deputy Commissioner of Cultural Education Mark Schaming for their support of museums in New York. 


    But, we're not quite home yet. To get these bills passed in the upcoming legislative session will require your help.  We will soon be sending out new tools to help you call and meet with your legislators. We will also be selecting dates for you to join us in Albany to advocate for passage of the Museum Education Act.  


    Erika Sanger

    Executive Director 

    Museum Association of New York

    Sheila Healy

    Government Relations Consultant


     


  • December 09, 2017 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Advocacy News from Albany and Washington, DC

     

    December 11, 2017

     

    Dear Members, Friends, and Colleagues,


    Last week I was honored to present testimony on MANY's behalf at the New York State Assembly's Standing Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts, and Sports Development annual budget oversight hearing to review the impact and effectiveness of NYSCA grants.

     

    I included that museums are one of New York's State's most valuable cultural assets -- attracting visitors from around the world with an economic impact in the billions of dollars. I also detailed how NYSCA plays an essential role in funding our state's museums and cultural organizations and how the anonymous peer review process insures that funding decisions are informed by knowledgeable professionals.

     

    In preparation, we distributed a survey to gather information about funding from NYSCA and the REDC. You can click here to read a summary of the survey results. If you are interested in a copy of my comments or the survey raw data, please let me know and I will be happy to send them to you as pdfs.

     

    Advocating on behalf of New York's museums and cultural institutions is one of the most rewarding things we do. MANY's board and staff are gearing up for the tenth Museums Advocacy Day, February 26-27 in Washington, DCMuseums Advocacy Day is a critical chance to make a unified case to Congress about the value of museums, and a unique opportunity to invest in yourself and build your own advocacy skills.

     

    Registration for this exciting and important event is FREE to MANY members. Send an email to our office to request your registration code. It is not too late to renew your 2017 MANY membership and join us in Washington, DC.


    Keep checking our website for more information about "Visioning Change" MANY's 2018 annual conference in Rochester April 8-10. We have some information up on the homepage, with more to follow soon. 

     With thanks for helping us speak out for you,



    Erika Sanger

    Executive Director


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