February 21, 2017
Dear Members, Colleagues, and Friends,
Last week MANY members sent me information about their programs that serve refugees, immigrants, and new Americans. We have assembled a strong list that will be shared with the field. As part of the gathering process, I spoke with colleagues from different sectors and was asked to broaden my call.
2017 and 2018 are important centenary celebration years for New York State. Please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the end of the day on Wednesday, February 22 if you are planning or have developed programs about: Civil Rights, Human Rights, or Suffrage; The Erie Canal and New York Waterways; World War I - the Home Front as well as Abroad; or the history of the New York State Troopers. Please write “2017/2018” in the subject line and in the body of the email include the name of your institution; the name of the exhibition, program or event; and the name of the contact person who manages the program. It will be great to have this important information to share with the field.
One great reasons to attend this year’s annual conference Museums Trifecta: Inspire, Experiment, Transform is to learn about the work of colleagues. Early bird registration ends March 3rd and we’re looking forward to being in Saratoga. During their Sunday, April 2nd free workshop, New York State Museum staff will share information about the New York State Education Department’s Continuing Teacher and Leader Education requirements CTLE, a new professional development tracking system for teachers that recognizes museums as equal partners in education.
Our generation has been enriched for more than 50 years with programs supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Our museums have blossomed with funding from the IMLS since it’s founding just over 20 years ago. Between 2014 and 2016 federal support to New York State Museums totaled $38.3 million. These independent agencies of our federal government, and the programs they support are now in danger of being lost to future generations. The loss of funding to our state and national parks, wildlife centers, zoos and botanical gardens could change our nation forever. I hope you will find time in the coming week -- at a Town Hall meeting, by phone, or by email -- to ask your representative for their support of these agencies. Let them know the significant positive impact federal funding has made on your organization and your life.
Thank you for sharing your expertise with the field and continuing to do what you do best in these challenging times.
Museum Association of New York