Conference Details

Museums in Action is the conference where YOU do the talking! Your ideas form the basis of the conference program.  Like pollination is to flowers, dialogue is to ideas. Dialogue creates the blossom.

2015 Conference Theme: Museums Mean Business


Museums are true economic engines! Locally, statewide and across the country, museums drive the economy. The scope of their impact is varied and wide, and includes audiences from all ranges of income and education. Tourists, local community members and school children are only a few of the groups that frequent museums on a daily basis. Each year nationally, more people visit museums than attend all professional sporting events and theme parks combined! Museums provide jobs, education and community spaces, and are a major attraction for tourism dollars.


Just to start, did you know?....

New York State is home to over 2,100 museums, zoos, botanical gardens, aquaria and other cultural organizations (COs) chartered by the State Board of Regents.

New York’s museums and COs employ over 17,000 people in our state.

New York’s museums and COs spend over $1 billion each year on goods and services in our state.  

New York’s museums and COs serve over 68 million visitors each year.  

New York’s museums and COs serve over 6.6 million K-12 schoolchildren each year through school visits to museums.


And Nationally…

Museums employ more than 400,000 Americans.

Museums directly contribute $21 billion to the U.S. economy each year. They generate billions more through indirect spending by their visitors.

78% of all U.S. leisure travelers participate in cultural or heritage activities. These travelers—including visitors to museums—spend 63% more on average than other leisure travelers.

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis has found that arts and cultural production constitute 3.2 percent of the nation’s entire economy, a $504 billion industry.

The nonprofit arts and culture industry annually generates over $135 billion in economic activity, supports more than 4.1 million full-time jobs and returns over $22 billion in local, state and federal tax revenues. 

Governments that support the arts see an average return on investment of over $7 in taxes for every $1 that the government appropriates.

Museum volunteers contribute a million hours of service every week. 


This year’s Museums In Action Annual Conference will address these topics and more! Museums are an essential driver of their communities and in New York State, Museums Mean Business!


"Museum Must Haves"

In addition to Museums Mean Business - Sessions and Workshops have been crafted in response to those requested in our 2014 post-conference survey. You spoke and we listened, we will present sessions and workshops that address "Museum Must Haves" such as:

  • Appealing to Changing Demographics in Programming and Exhibits
  • Community partnerships
  • Nuts  & Bolts of Deaccessioning
  • Development: Fundraising and Friendraising
  • Making Changes in Society
  • What Can Be Learned from the For Profits?
  • Digitization
  • Best Practices Across the Field: Emerging Professionals to Senior Staff
  • HR/Administration Issues
  • Earned Income Generation (gift shops, food services, rentals)
  • Designing Museum Spaces (reworking buildings or building new)
  • State Initiatives – REDCs, Common Core, Path Through History
  • Distance Learning