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Museum Association of New York MANY inspires, connects, and strengthens NY’s cultural community by advocating, educating, collaborating, and supporting professional standards.
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As a member-based information and advocacy resource serving nearly 500 institutional, individual, and corporate members across New York State, MANY engages in a variety of programs and services addressing legislative and policy issues, analyzing and collecting trend data, and building information networks. It brings the collective contributions and issues of museums and heritage organizations to the attention of policy makers and residents, and it works on behalf of all museums in the state to foster healthy institutions based on good governance and leadership.

Mission: In partnership with diverse museums, heritage and related organizations, the Museum Association of New York (MANY) strengthens the capacity of New York State’s cultural community by supporting high professional standards, strong organizational development, and by providing advocacy, training and flexible information networks so that all may better serve their missions and communities.

“It is critical that we collect so this moment does not get lost,” said Aaron Bryant, a curator at the Smithsonian Natio...
06/12/2020
Museums Collect Protest Signs to Preserve History in Real Time

“It is critical that we collect so this moment does not get lost,” said Aaron Bryant, a curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture “We talk to people so we don’t forget their stories. History is happening right before us.”

Curators from the Smithsonian are beginning to collect art, signs, photographs, and other artifacts as part of a new initiative—collecting historical artifacts in real time.

Curators surveyed the area outside the White House on Wednesday for artifacts that will help record the emotional turmoil.

With many nonprofits having been able to confirm PPP loans and EIDL advanced payments, and even in some cases EIDL loans...
06/12/2020

With many nonprofits having been able to confirm PPP loans and EIDL advanced payments, and even in some cases EIDL loans, New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. (NYCON) is now working to collect more detailed information on the impact of these resources on NY nonprofits. "We are working on outlining how many nonprofits participated and what types of nonprofits received these resources, as well as what regions they represented."

Please share your input with NYCON through this 5 question survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NYCON

Museum Association of New York's cover photo
06/11/2020

Museum Association of New York's cover photo

Applications for round of of the Pomeroy Fund for NYS History are due today (June 10) by 5 PM. Grants will provide gener...
06/10/2020
Museum Association of New York - Pomeroy Fund for NYS History

Applications for round of of the Pomeroy Fund for NYS History are due today (June 10) by 5 PM. Grants will provide general operating support to 501(c)(3) history-related organizations in NYS.

For guidelines, eligibility, and how to apply click on the link below.

general operating fundswith operating budgets of $150,000or less with no fewer than 250 open hours in 2019. Open hours are defined as hours open to the public and/or delivering programs to members and/or to the general public.

Grant awarded to #nysmuseums include Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Brooklyn Children's Museum, Burchfield-Penney Art...
06/10/2020
National Endowment for the Arts

Grant awarded to #nysmuseums include Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Brooklyn Children's Museum, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Katonah Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Asia Society, International Print Center New York, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Whitney Museum of American Art, Rochester Museum & Science Center, Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, and the Parrish Art Museum.

As a part of its regular grantmaking, separate from grants related to CARES Act funding, the National Endowment for the Arts announces over $84 million for 1,144 new awards to organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and each of the five U.S. territories. Grants will be awarded in 13 artistic disciplines, arts research, and partnership agreements with all U.S. state and regional arts agencies.

Albright-Knox Art Gallery has launched their 2020 AK Teens: Further Curators Exhibition virtually! "Meet Me in Between" ...
06/10/2020
2020 AK Teens: Future Curators Exhibition | Albright-Knox

Albright-Knox Art Gallery has launched their 2020 AK Teens: Further Curators Exhibition virtually! "Meet Me in Between" features artwork created by high school students from Western NY and Ontario, Canada.

#nysmuseums #MuseumFromHome

Albright-Knox Northland is closed until further notice and all public events through July 31 are postponed in accordance with New York's phased reopening plan.

Today, the Smithsonian announced the launch of its new “Race, Community and Our Shared Future” initiative, which will ex...
06/09/2020
Smithsonian Announces “Race, Community and Our Shared Future” Initiative

Today, the Smithsonian announced the launch of its new “Race, Community and Our Shared Future” initiative, which will explore how Americans currently understand, experience and confront race, its impact on communities and how that impact is shaping the nation’s future. The launch of the initiative is made possible through a $25 million commitment from founding partner, Bank of America.

“For nearly 175 years, the Smithsonian has been a place that brings America together in times of joy, celebration, sorrow and sadness,” said Lonnie Bunch, Secretary of the Smithsonian. “A place where the country reflects and learns about our nation’s past and present."

Today, the Smithsonian announced the launch of its new “Race, Community and Our Shared Future” initiative, which will explore how Americans currently understand, experience and confront race, its impact on communities and how that impact is shaping the nation’s future. The launch of the initia...

Since closing their physical doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hudson River Museum has created a dynamic Museum Fr...
06/08/2020
Derrick Adams: Buoyant - Hudson River Museum - Google Arts & Culture

Since closing their physical doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hudson River Museum has created a dynamic Museum From Home initiative bringing art, programs, and exhibitions directly to your home screens.

We’re spending this Monday enjoying Artist Derrick Adams’ “Buoyant” in a new dynamic format on Google Arts and Culture 🌊 This virtual exhibition takes you through the influences that led to “Floaters” and “We Came to Part and Plan” series.

Explore more at the link below.

#nysmuseums #MuseumMonday #MuseumFromHome #MemberMonday

*Derrick Adams: Buoyant* features works from three series that explore the universal experiences of leisure and celebration: the *Floaters*, *We Came to ...

Grant recipients include The Studio Museum in Harlem who will launch a two-year inventory project to uncover, document, ...
06/05/2020
Institute of Museum and Library Services

Grant recipients include The Studio Museum in Harlem who will launch a two-year inventory project to uncover, document, and increase accessibility to its collections. The Studio Museum will also increase its curatorial capacity by hiring a dedicated collections database administrator to work with a project team to capture images of all objects and prepared the first full appraisal of the collection in over a decade.

#nysmuseums

Announcing $2.7 million in African American History and Culture grants to museums, HBCUs, and cultural heritage organizations.

Emerging Museum Professionals of AAAM
06/04/2020

Emerging Museum Professionals of AAAM

Due to the recent instances surrounding the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Sean Reed, Tony McDade, and other senseless killings of African Americans, the AAAM | EMP Group has decided to postpone our First Friday Virtual Party, and instead welcome all museum professionals to join us in a fireside chat.

AAAM stands alongside people protesting violence against Black people in Minneapolis and African American communities across the country. Realizing that museum professionals have an obligation to speak out against these problems and display the ideas of cultural knowledge through our respective platforms is something we take very seriously. We understand that our communities intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically frustrated. However, this is not the time for silence! We have a responsibility to address oppression, racism, and abuses of power and that is what we are doing.

Let's explore our thoughts and emotions in a positive, constructive way with family, friends & colleagues. On June 5th, the Emerging Museum Professionals of AAAM will hold space for museum professionals and the AAAM network writ-large amid the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread community unrest. EMP leaders have crafted a thoughtful a wide variety of questions that will trigger thought provoking responses and promote healthy and robust dialogue.

To our Librarians, archivists, museum friends and collegues we want to hear from you. What are your deans & directors saying about George Floyd, Breona Taylor, and other sensless killings of African Americans? How are you dealing with these incidents and where are you going for help? How will we respond to Covid19 in our musuem spaces? We want to hear from you!

The AAAM | EMP Group invites you to have discussions with our leadership.

When:

Friday, June 5th, 2020 at 6:00 pm EST

Register By:

June 4th, 2020 11:59 pm EST

This initiative is open to all Museum Professionals (member and non-member). Please feel free to share this information with peers; however, please note, registration is required.

Register Here: https://blackmuseums.org/emerging-museum-professionals/

The event is FREE. Donations are welcome.

https://blackmuseums.org/donate/

New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. (NYCON) has released their Paycheck protection Program (PPP) Lender Experience Repo...
06/04/2020
PPP Lender Experience Survey

New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. (NYCON) has released their Paycheck protection Program (PPP) Lender Experience Report—a survey from the nonprofit community regarding their experience in applying for the PPP.

Read the full report below.

Round 2 of the PP is now underway, NYCON is following up on this report to capture the responses from those who are applying in the second wave of funding. Click here to take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PPPRound2

The Paycheck Protection Program (often referred to as the PPP), provided through the Small Business Administration (SBA), was an effort to make financial

MANY Organizational Members can now sign up for discounted access to Rove Marketing's new digital tool, the COVID-19 Res...
06/04/2020
nysmuseums.org

MANY Organizational Members can now sign up for discounted access to Rove Marketing's new digital tool, the COVID-19 Response Satisfaction Program.

This program will help #nysmuseums gather and analyze data from visitors quickly and on an ongoing basis and will empower of museums to respond to visitor expectations and build public confidence in museums' ability to provide healthy and safe on-site experiences.

Learn more:https://nysmuseums.org/resources/Documents/Rove%20Marketing%20Offer%20MANY%20Members.pdf

"As we bear witness to protests across the country in the name of justice, equity, and our shared humanity, every person...
06/03/2020
For Museum Leaders Who Want to Do Better

"As we bear witness to protests across the country in the name of justice, equity, and our shared humanity, every person and organization must decide how to respond," writes Andrew Plumley, Director of Inclusion at the American Alliance of Museums.

"Those of us with experience in the DEAI space often find ourselves working with leaders and organizations that describe themselves as committed to equity and inclusion, but regularly remain silent on timely issues that really matter. This inaction speaks volumes to how much further we have to go. It is time to truly recommit to DEAI and do better. Here are some steps you can take, as a museum leader, to do so."

#blacklivesmatter #nysmuseums #speakout #insolidarity

In the midst of a pandemic that has brought an incredible amount of pain and suffering to so many of us, I know there’s a lot on your plate as a leader, and you are being pulled in multiple directi…

"We call upon our entire community to speak up, to share what you are doing at your museum - what you are doing personal...
06/02/2020
Stand-Up-Speak-Out-Be-an-Ally

"We call upon our entire community to speak up, to share what you are doing at your museum - what you are doing personally - to affect change and to stand up as an ally. We want to hear from you. By sharing, we can learn from one another, spark hope, and create meaningful change."

Read our full statement in the latest Letter from Erika

#BlackLivesMatter #SpeakOut #InSolidarity

Below is a list of DEAI resources first shared at our 2019 Museum Institute "Access and Identity: Leading for the Future" and others that have been shared since. We will continue to add to this list. Please email [email protected] 

"Although it will be a monumental task, the past is replete with examples of ordinary people working together to overcom...
06/01/2020
Smithsonian

"Although it will be a monumental task, the past is replete with examples of ordinary people working together to overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges. History is a guide to a better future and demonstrates that we can become a better society—but only if we collectively demand it from each other and from the institutions responsible for administering justice."

"History is a guide to a better future and demonstrates that we can become a better society—but only if we collectively demand it from each other and from the institutions responsible for administering justice."

A statement from Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III:

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture launched Talking About Race, "a new online porta...
06/01/2020
National Museum of African American History and Culture Releases “Talking About Race” Web Portal

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture launched Talking About Race, "a new online portal designed to help individuals, families, and communities talk about racism, racial identity and the way these forces shape every aspect of society, from the economy and politics to the broader American culture.

The online portal provides digital tools, online exercises, video instructions, scholarly articles and more than 100 multi-media resources tailored for educators, parents and caregivers—and individuals committed to racial equality."

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture today launched Talking About Race, a new online portal designed to empower individuals, families, and communities discuss racism, racial identity and the way these forces shape every aspect of society, from the economy and p...

"At the The Strong Museum  of Play in Rochester, N.Y., staff members are in discussion with Wegmans to enact the same ki...
05/30/2020
No Touch, No Hands-On Learning, for Now, as Museums Try to Reopen

"At the The Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, N.Y., staff members are in discussion with Wegmans to enact the same kinds of safeguards as in use at the actual stores: plexiglass around the cashiers and frequent cleaning of the register belts. (Unlike a real Wegmans, they’ll have to disinfect each item before it goes back on the shelves.) At the Brooklyn Children's Museum, they’re considering giving each family that comes in a bag of mock “groceries” for their own personal use — rubber apples and bananas that only one family will be allowed to touch."

Science and children’s museums are studying how to rethink their many tactile exhibits to keep people safe.

"Meet the New York State Parks Interpreter Who Cooks to Uncover the PastAs a culinary historian, Lavada Nahon is working...
05/29/2020
Meet the New York State Parks Interpreter Who Cooks to Uncover the Past

"Meet the New York State Parks Interpreter Who Cooks to Uncover the Past

As a culinary historian, Lavada Nahon is working to bring the state’s African American history to light.

In her new role as interpreter of African American history for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, she’s bringing her hands-on historical cooking experience to the table."

As a culinary historian, Lavada Nahon is working to bring the state's African American history to light.

"With all 50 states in some stage of post-pandemic reopening, many museums are back welcoming visitors to art- and histo...
05/29/2020
State of the art: How museums are preparing to open amid coronavirus crisis

"With all 50 states in some stage of post-pandemic reopening, many museums are back welcoming visitors to art- and history-filled halls.

Doing so signals a return to "normal" in many communities — but it may also help plug the economic hole created when almost every museum in the country closed its doors in response to COVID-19 concerns."

Spoiler: There will be more "Do Not Touch" signs.

Claire Lanier, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York's Social Media Manager shares how the museum has gained almost 2...
05/28/2020
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has gained almost 200,000 social media followers since lockdown began—here's how

Claire Lanier, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York's Social Media Manager shares how the museum has gained almost 20,000 social media followers since lockdown begun.

“There's been a big increase in terms of engagement. In the first two weeks of lockdown, we saw engagement go up by 95% on Instagram, by 64% on Twitter and by 17% on Facebook. Also of note, in the past nine weeks, impressions on Twitter have increased by 71.2% and on Instagram by almost 50%.”

#nysmuseums

We speak to the museum's social media manager Claire Lanier about her digital engagement strategies in the age of Covid-19

Join us this Friday, May 29 for week 11 of our Virtual Meet-Ups!"Using Social Media Metrics to Improve Your Audience Eng...
05/27/2020
Virtual Meet Ups

Join us this Friday, May 29 for week 11 of our Virtual Meet-Ups!

"Using Social Media Metrics to Improve Your Audience Engagement"

This week we are joined by Willa Vogel, Marketing Manager at The Rockwell Museum, Amanda Sterling, Social Media Manager at Corning Museum of Glass, Claire Lanier, Social Media Manager at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York , and Megan Eves, Marketing & Communications Associate at Museum Association of New York who will take a closer look at understanding social media metrics, how to use them to create engaging content, using best practices, and share some insights into their own social media strategies.

Learn more and register to join!

#nysmuseums

Missed a meet-up? MANY Members can listen and view slides of our previous meet-ups here. Be sure that you are logged into your MANY profile. 

"Growing up in Corning, I became quite familiar with The Corning Museum of Glass. From class field trips and student art...
05/27/2020
Virtual Journeys into our Collection: Thoughts from a Graphic Designer

"Growing up in Corning, I became quite familiar with The Corning Museum of Glass. From class field trips and student art shows, I found myself entering those large glass doors and finding something new that piqued my interest every time. Massive bowls of fruit, flying boats, and paperweights that contained miniature worlds were all so…cool! Now, as a designer and artist, I have a better understanding of what made those pieces and many more so visually appealing and memorable."

via Corning Museum of Glass #nysmuseums

This recurring blog series will feature virtual gallery walks with staff members from The Corning Museum of Glass. Everyone at our Museum interacts with the collection in different ways depend…

"Museum reopenings are good news for shut-ins yearning for some return of public life. But it’s certainly not a matter o...
05/26/2020
As museums reopen, a very different experience - The Boston Globe

"Museum reopenings are good news for shut-ins yearning for some return of public life. But it’s certainly not a matter of flipping a switch. At the Museum of Fine Arts, management has convened five separate reopening teams working toward a date in early July with the explicit acknowledgment that “the pandemic could affect visitation for all cultural organizations long into the future, and that museums will likely reopen with a much different model,’’ the museum said in a statement."

In China, Korea, and Germany, they started in April. In Belgium and Austria, in May. In Italy, just this week. And in Connecticut — Connecticut! — the first of them will open Saturday, in time for Memorial Day weekend.

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Chartered by the New York State Education Department, MANY is a nationally recognized state museum association committed to strengthening the organizational development of the state’s diverse museum and heritage organization communities.

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As a member-based information and advocacy resource serving over 650 institutional, individual, and corporate members across New York State, the Museum Association of New York engages in a variety of programs and services addressing legislative and policy issues, analyzing and collecting trend data, and building information networks. MANY brings the collective contributions and issues of museums and heritage organizations to the attention of policy makers and residents, and works on behalf of all museums, historical societies, zoos, botanical gardens, and aquaria in the state to foster healthy institutions based on good governance and leadership.

We invite you to join MANY, the only statewide organization that represents all of New York State’s museums, historical societies, zoos, botanical gardens, and aquaria.

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