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  • October 18, 2019 11:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Learn More about Museums for All at December 11 Webinar

    Are you interested in learning more about Museums for All, an initiative dedicated to expanding community access? Mark your calendar to join staff from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Association of Children’s Museums on December 11 at 2 p.m. Eastern to learn more about how and why more than 450 museums participate in the program. Find more information on attending the webinar on the IMLS website.


  • October 09, 2019 9:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Federal Grant Awarded to Fort Ticonderoga to Restore Historic Fort Walls

    GRANT WILL FUND RESTORATION OF 18TH-CENTURY NORTH DEMI-LUNE

    Fort Ticonderoga, a premiere historic and travel destination, has been awarded the Save America’s Treasures Grant, funded by the Historic Preservation Fund and administered by the National Park Service, Department of Interior through a competitive process.

    The property was awarded $465,000 to be utilized in the restoration of the north demi-lune, a stone defensive structure connected to the fort. Originally constructed in the 18th century, the north demi-lune was used to defend Fort Ticonderoga against invaders and was part of the fort’s outer defenses that Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold saw as they crossed Lake Champlain on their journey to capture the fort in May of 1775 securing America’s first victory in the Revolution.

    The grant project will include the preparation of contract documents for the repairs that will conform to all necessary historic preservation standards. The restoration work itself will prevent further wall movement and deterioration by using modern preservation methods that will safely stabilize this national treasure while preserving its historic integrity. The project will begin in January 2020 and utilize the skills of a consulting structural engineer and preservation architect. Upon completion, this restoration project will allow visitors to safely access the north-demi lune.

    “The Save America’s Treasures Grant is a major win for Fort Ticonderoga,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga president and CEO. “The ability to fund the restoration of the north demi-lune will provide stabilization for the fort in the future and will allow visitors to safely view the beautiful landscape Fort Ticonderoga has to offer for generations to come. This grant wouldn’t have been made possible without the support of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik. We thank them for their continued efforts to help preserve this treasure that is an important part of our nation’s history.”

    “Even before the American Revolution, our founding fathers considered Fort Ticonderoga an American treasure, because of its key role in the French and Indian War. Not to mention, this spectacular gem of Essex County is a major tourist attraction, drawing visitors from far and wide, and boosting our Upstate economy as a result,” said Senator Schumer. “By allowing Fort Ticonderoga to refurbish its original walls, this federal investment will ensure that it is preserved for generations of New Yorkers and Americans to come. I’m proud of the role I played in securing this federal funding, and will always battl

    e to maintain and preserve Upstate New York’s historical treasures for the long-term future.”

    “I’m grateful to the National Park Service for prioritizing the upkeep and restoration of a North Country historical treasure: Fort Ticonderoga,” said Congresswoman Elise Stefanik. “Advocating for the maintenance of historical sites in my district is a top priority for me and for my constituents. This Save America’s Treasures Grant will be instrumental in ensuring Fort Ticonderoga remains a commemorated site and tourist destination for many years to come.”

    The Save America’s Treasure grant will provide visitors safe access so they can continue to experience and appreciate this nationally significant historic site and landscape. From the vantage of the demi-lunes, visitors have views of the Ticonderoga peninsula, Lake Champlain, Mount Defiance, Mount Independence and the Green Mountains of Vermont and can gain perspective on why Ticonderoga was so strategic to the 18th-century world. Public and school tour groups will utilize the space for educational programs as new generations of museum-goers are introduced to Fort Ticonderoga’s remarkable story.

    About Fort Ticonderoga:
    Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series of untouched Revolutionary War era earthworks surviving in America. As a multi-day destination and the premier place to learn more about our nation’s earliest years and America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 75,000 visitors each year with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is supported in part through generous donations and with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


  • October 09, 2019 9:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Strong Museum Receives Rare
    Chairman’s Special Award from
    National Endowment for the Humanities
    ($700,000 in Funding Will Support Expansion Exhibits)

    ROCHESTER, NY—The Strong is pleased to announce that it has received a $700,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in the most recent round of federal awards. The museum was the only project nationwide this year to receive the “Chairman’s Special Award,” which highlights major exhibit projects that present significant topics in the humanities. The funding will support the implementation of Digital Worlds (tentative title)—a 24,000-foot exhibit planned as part of the museum’s expansion that will explore the influence of electronic games on cultural history.

    “With the help of this grant, The Strong will be able to build a truly one-of-a-kind experience that will make the museum even more of a national destination,” says Steve Dubnik, president and CEO of The Strong. “Support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and other organizations is vital in helping transformative projects like ours to be successful so that we can share the cultural impact of play and electronic games with the world. We’re honored to be selected for the Chairman’s Special Award and appreciate NEH’s recognition of the importance of video games to our ever-changing social history and cultural fabric.”

    The National Endowment for the Humanities supports humanities research, education programs, cultural preservation, films, exhibitions, and virtual reality projects across the United States. This year, they awarded $29 million for 215 projects including The Strong’s.

    “NEH grants help strengthen and sustain American cultural life, in communities, at museums, libraries, and historic sites, and in classrooms,” says NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede. “NEH is proud to help lay the foundations for public engagement with America’s past by funding projects that safeguard cultural heritage and advance our understanding of the events, ideas, and people that have shaped our nation.”                                              

    The Strong’s project—Digital Worlds—will tell the story of how video games have shaped the way that people connect, play, and learn. It will include two distinct areas, tentatively titled Level Up and High Score. In Level Up, guests will be fully immersed in the world of video games and assume the role of a character on a quest as they move through interactive spaces that put them directly into the video games, asking them to complete puzzles, navigate mazes, solve riddles, and face obstacles. In High Score, guests will learn about the evolution of the video game industry and how the games are made. The space will put an emphasis on gaming artifacts from the museum’s world-renowned collections and explore how game designers wed the humanities, art, and STEM fields to create immersive, compelling games.

    Says Jon-Paul Dyson, The Strong’s vice president for exhibits and director of the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, “Video games are perhaps the most important medium of the 21st century. Just as the novel fueled imagination in the19th century and film and television defined the cultural narratives of the 20th century, electronic games today are rapidly driving cultural and social change. We look forward—with the help of NEH—to continue to tell that important story to visitors from around the world.”

    The new exhibits are slated to be open to the public in 2022.  
     

    About The Strong
    The Strong is the only collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to the history and exploration of play. It is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, the Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play and houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play. 

    About the National Endowment for the Humanities
    The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. Because democracy demands wisdom, NEH serves and strengthens our republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans. The Endowment accomplishes this mission by awarding grants for top-rated proposals examined by panels of independent, external reviewers.


  • September 26, 2019 8:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Did you know that New York State is home to more than 1,800 museums? It's a fact! The Empire State ranks #2 in the nation for number of museums, according to the institute of Museum and Library Services, an independent federal agency. READ MORE

  • September 23, 2019 10:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum Receives International Award for its Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market 


    TORONTO, ONT. – The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum has been recognized by the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) with the 2019 Leading Edge Award for Business Practice for its creation and operation of the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market.

    ASTC is the international professional association for all science centers and museums worldwide, and is comprised of over 350 museums from 20 countries. Now in their 15th year, the Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Awards are presented annually by ASTC to recognize extraordinary accomplishments in business practice, visitor experience, and leadership in the field of science centers and museums worldwide.  The award is presented at the 2019 ASTC Annual Conference in Toronto, Ontario (Canada) on September 21.

    The 2019 Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Business Practice recognizes the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum’s effort to fight urban food insecurity in the City of Poughkeepsie by making fresh, locally sourced food accessible to city residents and families; ensuring affordability of food options; and educating the public on nutrition and meal preparation using food available at the market. The project grew from Museum’s strategic shift toward deepening community wide impact and engagement.

    The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum opened the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market in 2017, and in doing so, became the first children’s museum in the United States to open a public farmers market as a strategy to reduce food insecurity among the families it serves. “Here in Poughkeepsie, the impact of their work is significant. According to the USDA, MHCM is located at the epicenter of one of the worst food deserts in the country,” states City of Poughkeepsie Mayor, Rob Rolison. “In fact, there is no grocery store in this part of our City, and too often low-income residents have no options to even acquire fresh food to feed their families. Because the Museum works with some of our most vulnerable inner-city families, it saw firsthand how food insecurity and hunger was affecting its neighbors and the young children it serves.”  Since 2017, it has become a national model for museums looking to increase their impact on their local communities. 

    The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market is a seasonal farmers market that runs weekly on Monday afternoons from June through September in the Pavilion of the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum. The Market is open to the public and features farm fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, poultry, baked goods, maple products, honey, pickles, beer and other agricultural products available from local Hudson Valley farms.  With a grant from MVP Healthcare, the Market was able to become a certified SNAP Market in 2018 in addition to participating in the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program.  Combined, these two programs help to ensure the affordability of fresh produce and farm products for low-income individuals and families.  

    Named Hudson Valley Magazine’s “2019 and 2017 Best Museum” and Hudson Valley’s “2018 and 2017 Favorite Kid-Friendly Museum,” the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum is the ideal destination for families with young children. With exhibits that focus on early literacy, art, STEM, and the local community, the museum provides an educationally rich environment through which children have the opportunity to develop foundational skills, to engage in purposeful play, and to develop interpersonal connections. The Museum is located in the heart of the historic waterfront in Poughkeepsie, nestled between two city parks, just steps away from the Poughkeepsie Metro-North Train Station, Walkway Elevator and fabulous restaurants. The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm and Sundays from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, and on select Monday holidays. Admission is $10.00 per person. Children under 1 year are free. Visit mhcm.org or call (845) 471-0589 for more information.


  • September 20, 2019 10:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Rochester Museum & Science Center Request for Qualifications- Inspiring Women Exhibition:

    Celebrating regional woman who changed our world

    In 2020, the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) and more than 15 community partners will launch an exhibit celebrating women of western New York who changed our world. To help ensure equitable representation and authentic voice in the presentation of featured stories, we are seeking diversity and inclusion consultants to participate in the exhibit development process.

    RFQ for Diversity Consultants - final2.pdf

    Please provide feedback about the RFQ process and referrals to the Project manager contact below:

    Kathryn Murano Santos, Senior Director, Collections and Exhibitions

    Rochester Museum & Science Center

    657 East Avenue

    Rochester, NY 14607

    kmurano@rmsc.org

    585 697 1929


  • September 20, 2019 10:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    RIT and Genesee Country Village & Museum seal partnership with $1.3 million gift

    University and museum will collaborate on projects, research and exhibits

    Caption (left to right) RIT Liberal Arts Dean James Winebrake, Genesee Country Village & Museum President and CEO Becky Wehle, and Anne and Phil Wehrheim meet at the museum. Credit A. Sue WeislerRIT.

    (left to right) RIT Liberal Arts Dean James Winebrake, Genesee Country Village & Museum President and CEO Becky Wehle, and Anne and Phil Wehrheim meet at the museum.

    Credit: A. Sue Weisler/RIT.

    Rochester Institute of Technology has received a $1.3 million gift to endow its partnership between the university and Genesee Country Village & Museum.

    The gift comes from RIT alumnus Philip Wehrheim and his wife, Anne. Wehrheim received a degree in business from RIT in 1966.

    The gift marries Wehrheim’s interest in both RIT and the museum. 

    “For me to be able to do this for the museum and also for my alma mater is a perfect fit,” he said.

    James Winebrake, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, said that while his college will manage the gift, the fund will support projects involving all colleges at RIT.

    “Experiential learning is a hallmark of our university,” Winebrake said. “This gift will guarantee opportunities for our students to gain valuable experience while benefitting the museum and the community for years to come.”

    Becky Wehle, president and CEO of the living history museum in Mumford, N.Y., 12 miles southwest of RIT’s Henrietta campus, said she is enthusiastic about the potential the gift holds for both organizations.

    “RIT is an extraordinary place with world-class programs, faculty and students who have already proved to be great partners throughout the past three years,” she said. “We are thrilled that Phil and Anne Wehrheim’s support will allow the partnership to expand and benefit both institutions.”

    $1 million of the donation will be used to endow the partnership, which could include funding research projects and stipends for faculty and students to work collaboratively with museum staff. The remaining $300,000 will be used to establish and maintain exhibit space for students who worked with the partnership to highlight fruits of the collaboration.

    The museum and RIT have worked together on numerous projects in recent years, and a memorandum of understanding to collaborate was signed in 2016 to “develop, promote and implement mutually-beneficial projects and activities” related to their respective missions. Students used 3-D printing to fabricate appropriately-sized hands for mannequins, worked with Amelia Hugill-Fontanel, assistant curator in the Cary Collection, to dismantle and move the museum’s 19th-century printing press and developed streetscapes of the historic Corn Hill neighborhood of Rochester.

    Over the past three years, more than a dozen RIT students have served as interns at the museum, working in the curatorial, marketing and gallery departments.

     “This partnership provides students and faculty from across the university with an incredible opportunity to combine theory and practice in a meaningful way through multidisciplinary projects,” said Juilee Decker, associate professor of museum studies and chair of the RIT-GCV&M Partnership Steering Committee.

    Since the museum partnership began three years ago, faculty members also have been taking advantage of it in their classes. 

    A multi-disciplinary team of engineering students this fall will work to develop a process for managing the museum’s maintenance records. The database will be helpful for documenting work done as well as for planning and budgeting future restoration.

    Photography students from RIT’s College of Art and Design shoot photos there each year; a group of researchers from hospitality and tourism management in the Saunders College of Business are conducting market research on a project on authenticity and sincerity in project exhibits; and students and faculty are using technology to enhance the visitor experience during museum tours using volumetric renderings to tell stories.

    Wehrheim grew up in Scottsville, a village between RIT’s Henrietta campus and Mumford, and said he’s always been “a bit of a history buff,” thanks, in part, to his mother, who sold antiques and gave him an appreciation of fine artwork and glass.

    He was close friends with Stuart Bolger, the founding director of the museum, and served on its board of trustees for more than 15 years, supporting projects including bringing buildings to the museum property. He was chair of the board when the museum started to discuss a partnership with RIT and was instrumental in bringing it to fruition.

    “I love the place. It’s great,” Wehrheim said. “The people there have been wonderful.”

    While a student at RIT, he credits his experiential learning – at the time, called “work block” – to help him succeed in school. RIT’s co-op program continues today, as one of the oldest and largest in the nation.

    “You schooled for about a three-month period and worked for a three-month period,” he said. “As a young guy, I was very impressed with how well it worked. I was a very practical learner and didn’t like sitting in a classroom. I liked hands-on learning. So, I sing the praises of the school for that reason, and this partnership continues that tradition of learning.”


    For more information, contact Greg Livadas at 585-475-6217 or Greg.Livadas@rit.edu.

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    Genesee Country Village & Museum is the largest living history museum in New York and the third largest in the country. The museum, with its 19th-century historic village, John L. Wehle Gallery, vintage baseball park and nature center, is located in Mumford, 20 miles southwest of Rochester and 45 miles east of Buffalo. Visit www.gcv.org for more information.

    Rochester Institute of Technology is home to leading creators, entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers. Founded in 1829, RIT enrolls about 19,000 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, making it among the largest private universities in the U.S.

    The university is internationally recognized and ranked for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts. RIT also offers unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. Global partnerships include campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai and Kosovo. 

    For news, photos and videos, go to www.rit.edu/news.

    To follow RIT on social media, go to www.rit.edu/socialmedia.

  • September 11, 2019 9:37 AM | Steve Bodnar

    The William G. Pomeroy Foundation has officially opened a new grant round of its Historic Transportation Canals Marker Grant Program. This historic marker program commemorates the history of these important canals across the U.S. Grants cover the entire cost of a marker, pole and shipping.

    The Pomeroy Foundation is a private, grant-making foundation based in Syracuse, N.Y. One of its main initiatives is to help people celebrate their community’s history through a variety of roadside marker grant programs, including its historic transportation canals program.

    Canal marker grants are available to 501(c)(3) organizations, nonprofit academic institutions, and local, state and federal government entities within the U.S. For details on how to apply, visit the Foundation’s Historic Transportation Canals Marker Grant Program webpage. The deadline to submit an online letter of intent is October 18, 2019. The grant application deadline is November 15, 2019.

    “Across the country, canals have long been an important factor in enhancing commerce, travel and development,” said Paula Miller, Executive Director of the Pomeroy Foundation. “Communities want to commemorate the historical significance of transportation canals and this grant program creates the perfect opportunity to do just that with historic markers.”

    Markers proposed for the Historic Transportation Canals Marker Grant Program must commemorate a historical canal fact that occurred more than 50 years from the year of the application. Currently, that year is 1969. The colors of the canal markers are blue with black highlighted lettering and border. There are two unique logos for grant recipients to choose from that will allow the markers to be recognizable as commemorating a historic canal. Markers are 18” x 32” cast aluminum with a 7’ aluminum pole.

    Visit the Pomeroy Foundation’s historic transportation canals webpage for program details and application guidelines.

    About the Pomeroy Foundation
    The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is a private foundation established in 2005. The Foundation is committed to supporting the celebration and preservation of community history; and to raising awareness, supporting research and improving the quality of care for patients and their families who are facing a blood cancer diagnosis. To date, the Foundation has awarded nearly 900 grants for historic roadside markers and plaques in multiple states. Visit: wgpfoundation.org


  • September 06, 2019 9:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Save the Date! The University at Albany, SUNY is presenting "Safety Culture for Cultural Organizations" workshop on October 17 at the Science Library.

    "Museums, Libraries, Archives- are there hidden hazards in YOUR collections? Are there chemical or biological risks lurking in the stacks? What healthy and safety issues should your organization actively plan for?"

    Join presenter John Van Raalte, Director of Hygiene Services, OEHC Of Eastern New York who will help identify potential risks, outline protections, and explain how you can create a safety culture for your cultural organization.


    Learn more and register today!


  • August 12, 2019 12:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congressman Tonko will be hosting an Arts and Humanities Grants Workshop, August 20 at HVCC Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium, 80 Vandenburgh Avenue in Troy, 9:00 AM check-in, 9:30 AM -12:30 PM workshop. Hear from National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Humanities New York. Learn about resources available through various grants and programs. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop, tablet or other wi-fi enabled mobile device for maximum involvement.

    There is no charge for this workshop.

    Please email Congressman Tonko’s Office to register, marilyn.smith@mail.house.gov



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