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Conference schedule

Saturday, April 6, 2019
Pre-Conference Workshops
Registration includes lunch, workshop, materials, and reception at the Fenimore Art Museum.
Register for a workshop during conference registration.

10am - 4pm Finding the Words: Interpretive Writing Workshop

11:00am Pre-Conference Registration & Farmer's Museum Historic Village Open

12:30 - 1:15pm Lunch

1:30 - 4:40pm Concurrent Workshops

 Paper Pushers: Utilizing the Humble Historic Document in Education Programs

Creating a Small Museum YouTube Series Without Breaking the Bank

Disaster Response Solutions

Building Your Professional Identity

Direct Mail Fundraising is NOT DEAD

5:00 - 6:00pm Workshop Attendee Reception
Fenimore Art Museum


Sunday, April 7, 2019
Conference at the Otesaga Resort Hotel

9:00am Registration & Information Table Opens
Check-In will be located off the Main Hotel Lobby

9:00 - 12:00pm
Explore Cooperstown and enjoy lunch at one of the local restaurants including the Otesaga's Hawkeye Restaurant, Mel's, Doubleday Cafe, Upstate Bar & Grill, or Bocca Osteria.

11:00am Mentorship Program Meet-Up

Are you an emerging museum professional? Is this your first time attending the MANY conference? Connect with a MANY mentor! 
Sponsored by thMid-Atlantic Association of Museums

All Day 
Funders Office Hours
Pre-Scheduled appointments required. 
More information will be available soon!

12:30 - 1:45pm Concurrent Sessions

Contested Spaces, Contested Stories: Museums as Sites of Dialogue and Discomfort

A Holistic Approach to Access at the Long Island Children’s Museum & Access to Art:
Creatively Engaging Visitors with Disabilities at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

The History Center in a New Context: Innovative, Immersive and Interactive

Is Your Museum a Destination?

Developing a Diverse and Nimble Workforce for the 21st Century

10x10 Presentations

2:00 - 3:15pm Concurrent Sessions

Small Museum Coffee Talk

Birth and Development of an African American Historic Site

Exclusive and Inclusive: Behind the Scenes Collections Tours for the 21st Century

Planning for Transformation, Shaping Organizational Identity

Creating Accessible and Inclusive Settings and Content

Clickbait, Comments, and Content: A Roundtable Discussion
on Museum Blogging and Accessibility

3:30 - 4:30pm Opening Keynote Address

"The Leadership Imperative: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion in Museums"
Laura Lott, President & CEO, American Alliance of Museums
Read more about Ms. Lott and the opening Keynote Address

4:30 - 6:00pm Opening Reception
Join us in the Exhibition Hall for our Opening Reception! 

7:30pm MANY Support MANY, Support Museums Dinner
Show your support for your museum association at Cooperstown's newest gastropub with good food, local brews, and entertainment.
Tickets can be purchased during Conference Registration.


Monday, April 8, 2019
Conference at the Otesaga Resort Hotel

All Day

Information Table

Not sure where to go for your next session? Need the wifi password? 

Visit the Information Table in the main lobby.


Funders Office Hours

Schedule a one-on-one appointment with a funder or
museum leader.

Sign up here

Silent Auction

MANY's Silent Auction Platform is accessible to everyone!

Bids can be placed from anywhere, at anytime.

Sponsored by DHPSNY and  Community Brands 


Exhibit Hall

Visit over 40 different
exhibitors ranging from
funders to architects. 

Meet the individuals and companies who will help make your next project a success!

Sponsored by Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor 


Vendor Bingo

Compete against fellow attendees by visiting each Exhibitor!

Sponsored by 
Edison Price Lighting


7:30am Registration & Information Table Opens
Check-In will be located off the Main Hotel Lobby. Information table will remain open the entire day.

7:00 - 9:00am Breakfast available in the Glimmerglass Room
MANY's Business Meeting & Award of Merit Presentation will begin at 8:00am.

9:00 - 10:15am Concurrent Sessions

Development & Fundraising Coffee Talk

Collaborative Projects in Recording Neighborhood History

Multi-Step Strategies for New Exhibit Funding, Design, Development and Production

Museums, Farms, Images, and Experiences: Rural NY in the 21st Century

The Practice of Mindful Leadership

Expanding Visitor Experiences: Engaging Tour Ideas for Historic Sites

10:45 - 12:15pm Concurrent Sessions

Programming Coffee Talk

How to Attract New Members and Keep the Ones You Have

Level Up: Using Institutional Values to Center Diversity/Equity/
Inclusion in Museums and Cultural Organizations

One Object, Many Stories:
How an Obscure Jail Ledger Brought Together Five Cultural Organizations and One Grandchild

Tale of Two Museums: Evaluate and Compare the Similarities and Differences of Two Successful Museum Renovations

12:15 - 1:15pm Lunch Roundtable Discussions
In 2019 we are introducing Roundtable Discussions during lunch. Pick a topic you are interested in learning about and join the conversation! You can read all the Roundtable Discussion topics here.

1:15 - 2:30pm Concurrent Sessions

Collections & Exhibit Design Coffee Talk

A Practical Approach to Collection Photography

Keep the Horse Before the Cart: Sequencing Institutional Planning and Capital Projects

Finding Your Roots: Genealogy Tours and Tourism

The Present is Queer: Case Studies in Leadership & LGBTQIA+ Representation

Arts & Activism – Utilizing Your Museum Staff Community to Create Impactful and Inclusive Programming

3:00 - 4:15pm Concurrent Sessions

Director Coffee Talk

Accessing the Untold Stories of Slavery
in Martin Van Buren’s Home

Let’s CHAT!
The Power of Partner Collaboration

Our Museum in Action:
Engaging Hard to Reach Donors
in Small Projects

Escape the Museum: Bringing the
Escape Room Trend to Your Site

5:15pm Last call for Exhibitor Bingo Cards & Silent Auction Closes.
Turn in your cards at the information desk by 5:15 to be entered to win the prize.
Pick up your Silent Auction winnings in the Lake Room. Representatives will be available for anyone wishing to pay with cash or check.

5:30pm Exhibitor Bingo Winner Announced

5:30 - 6:30pm MANY Wind Down, Warm Up Cocktail Hour
Wind down after a full day of Conference Sessions. Tickets include one signature MANY cocktail and light hors d'oeuvres. 
Tickets purchased during conference registration.

Sponsored by CJS Architects 

7:30pm Night of Play
Have a ball at the Baseball Hall of Fame! Wear your favorite baseball fan gear, enjoy dinner, drinks, and explore the museum's galleries. 

Price includes round trip Otesaga transportation. Tickets purchased during conference registration.

Sponsored by ARIA Strategies.

9:30pm After Hours Trivia with special guest MC
Compete against new friends in the Hawkeye Bar & Grill.
Cash bar available. Tickets not required.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Conference at the Otesaga Resort Hotel

7:30am Information Table Opens

7:00 - 9:00am Breakfast available in the Glimmerglass Room

9:00am Closing Keynote Address 
“Whose Story? Reflections on How What Stories We Tell Reflect What Lives We Value”
Kevin Jennings, President, Tenement Museum
Read more about Mr. Jennings and the closing Keynote Address

10:30am Conference Capstones
As you head home, stop by one of the local Mohawk Region museums for a Conference Capstone. 
Transportation is not provided to/from any of the Conference Capstones. 
Pre-Registration required (Cost included in Conference Registration).
The MANY Charter Bus will depart Cooperstown at 1pm allowing riders to attend a Capstone. We recommend registering for a capstone within walking distance of the Otesaga.

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Museum Association of New York is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. 

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