Through the support and participation of its membership, in 2015, MANY was able to accomplish more than ever before for the museum field, including:
- Record attendance for Museums Mean Business Conference at the Corning Museum of Glass. MANY’s Annual Conferences are consistently the largest gathering of museum professionals in New York State.
- Advocating for the Museum Education Act, which was introduced by Senator Betty Little and Assemblyman Matthew Titone, is a 2016 Legislative Priority for the New York State Board of Regents. The Museum Education Act would provide substantial funding for museums, historical societies, zoos, and botanical gardens to integrate curricula and museum programs.
- Continuing to grow membership statewide to include a diverse array of museums, historical societies, zoos, botanical gardens and aquariums from every region.
- Administering $102,000 in NYSCA-funded grants, processing a record number of applications for MANY’s Mini-Grant program.
- Partnering with the Retail Council of New York State and Blackbaud to provide infrastructural assets like credit card processing and discounts on database systems for organizational members.
- Facilitating 10 Regional Meet Ups in each REDC region of New York State.
In 2016, MANY will host 5 Regional Board Development Workshops, 5 Regional Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core Conferences, and an annual conference with over 300 museum professionals registered in Lake Placid.