Speaking Out

January 17, 2017


Dear Members and Friends,


Registration for Museums Advocacy Day 2017 closes on Monday, January 23. 
Museums Advocacy Day is a unique and powerful chance to join with other museum professionals and supporters to make our case directly to legislators and their staff. No one can tell your museum’s story, or its impact in the community, better than you. With more museums than any other state in the nation, New York will be represented with the largest delegation. AAM and MANY hope that more people from our museum community, including board members and volunteers, will be able to join us in Washington DC on February 27 and 28 to speak out in support of our work.

On Thursday, February 2, at 10:00 AM we will be hosting the first advocacy conference call for 2017. The agenda will include an update on the progress of the Museum Education Act and information about NYSED’s CTLE requirements for Museums. On the federal level we will discuss Museum Advocacy Day and the pending IMLS, NEA, and NEH reauthorization. We continue to post the most current information about legislative contacts on our website: http://manyonline.org/advocacy/nys-and-federal-legislative-contacts and will soon be circulating a new letter template for you to use to ask your New York State legislator’s support for the MEA.

We are pleased to offer these calls as a benefit to MANY members. If your membership is current and you are interested in participating, please send an email to info@manyonline.org before January 31 with subject line “February Advocacy Call” and we will send you the conference call number. If you are not sure your membership is current, please call or send us an email and we will check for you.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank the New York State museums that completed the national salary survey. We had a strong turn out with a 54% increase in participation over two years ago! We realize that the survey required some effort and that some institutions started the survey, but did not complete it before the deadline. In order to encourage more museums to participate, we are reopening the survey for a limited time beginning January 23. We will re-send the link and hope that someone in your organization will complete the survey by February 3. No matter the size of your museum, your organization's data is essential to the success of the study. For information and a pdf of what to expect in the survey you can go to: http://nemanet.org/salarysurvey.


Thank you for your support.



Erika Sanger

Executive Director


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