|7:45am – 5pm
|7:45am – 5pm
||Conference Sponsor Exhibit Area
Don’t miss out on your chance to network at the largest gathering of museum professionals in New York State!
Interested in being a Museums in Action Exhibitor?
|8am – 3:30pm
Don’t miss out on your chance to win unique and interesting items donated by attendees and other supporters. All proceeds benefit MANY and help us continue to provide a myriad of services to our constituents.
|8am – 9:30am
Awards of Merit Breakfast
Join us in honoring the excellent work of individuals and organizations in the field as we hand out the Awards of Merit and Certificates of Commendation. Come hear from MANY's Board of Directors, take part in the Business Meeting and enjoy a light breakfast.
|9:30am – 9:45am
Take this time to visit our sponsor exhibit booths and the MANY Silent Auction
|9:45am – 11am
It Takes a Community: Building a Skilled Curatorial Volunteer Corps
Caroline Drabik & Lisa Anderson, Historic House Trust of New York City; Priscilla Brendler & Kerry Sclafani, Greater Hudson Heritage Network
Your institution will benefit from talent, interest, and dedication the community can provide. The benefits of are surprisingly many when you open your doors and collections rooms to qualified community members with basic training who have a passion for working with objects and archives. We will present how to engage, train and deploy volunteers for assistance with curatorial work and collections management tasks in historic houses. Attendees will be provided with a model for sourcing volunteers for training, holding basic training classes, and matching volunteers with projects.
Re-interpreting the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site
Elizabeth Jacks, Heather Paroubek & Kate Menconeri, Thomas Cole National Historic Site; Lenora M. Henson, Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site
How can we encourage visitors to roam about, sit in period furniture, and touch things, while protecting irreplaceable objects? Join these sites to see how they are combining technology with historic interiors, and urging visitors to confront some of the same questions that the historic figures grappled with.
Mascot Mania: How a Museum Mascot Can Transform Your Site
Kelli Huggins, Chemung County Historical Society; Samantha Hall-Saladino, Shaker Heritage Society; Jenna Peterson Riley, Schenectady County Historical Society; Joe Schuerch, Phelps Mansion Museum
Mammoths, sheep, griffins, cats, and more. Museums get weird and wild when they let museum mascots take over. Is your museum ready to get creative and feature a non-traditional institutional voice?
Growing Museum Education Programs Through Conversations with Teachers
Amber Geary Spadea, Ruther and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College; Andrea Decker, Roberson Museum and Science Center; Andrew Marietta, New York Council of Nonprofits; Jean Klein, Binghamton City School District
Presenters will host a conversation about increasing school traffic through strategic use of research findings, business plans, best practices in effective marketing, and "speaking the language".
Director's Coffee Talk - CT
Bring your questions and points of discussion to join your fellow Directors in a conversation. This is a facilitated session that provides space and time for Directors to talk about what they do, bounce ideas around the room, and gain valuable feedback.
|11am – 11:15am
Visit our sponsors in the Exhibitor’s Hall and MANY's Silent Auction
|11:15am – 12:30pm
Negotiation for Museum Professionals - MH
Nick Pozek, Asia Society
This workshop will introduce museum professionals to fundamental concepts, tools, and techniques for managing the most common types of negotiations. You’ll also learn special tactics for dealing with aggressive negotiators.
Perfect Partnerships: Museums and Tourism – Round 3! - MH
Session Leaders: Ross D. Levi, Vice President, Marketing Initiatives, Empire State Development / NYS Division of Tourism
This follow up to one of the most popular sessions at past conferences will highlight how museums are a vital part of tourism in New York State. By plugging into tourism marketing opportunities presented by state and local tourism entities, museums and cultural institutions can increase and diversify their clientele, often at no out-of-pocket cost. This session will provide new numbers and information, and outline ways to partner with Empire State Development's Division of Tourism & the state's I LOVE NEW YORK program to bolster awareness of and interest in your museum and its offerings.
Academic Museums as Learning Laboratories: Creating Co-Curricular Opportunities for Campus Audiences - MH
Kari O’Mara, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University; Anne Salluzzo, Yager Museum of Art & Culture, Hartwick College; Tom Yoshikami, Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College
This panel will discuss a range of academic museum programs, which help shape students’ professional and personal growth as well as including methods to utilize students to support community outreach.
Swaying Schools: How to Transform Your Museum’s Educational Programming
Andrew Tompkins & Nancy Wightman, Finger Lakes Boating Museum; Megan Hahin, Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum; Christine Scales & Luke Murphy, Cooperstown Graduate Program
Educational programming has become difficult due to limited funding and new desires on behalf of schools. Learn how three organizations have transformed their educational programming, and engaged with their communities!
Collections & Exhibit Design Coffee Talk - CT
Session Leaders: Andrew Saluti, Chief Curator for Programs & Exhibitions for Special Collections, Syracuse University Libraries; Tom Shannon, Director of Facilities, The Morgan Library & Museum; Peter Hyde, Peter Hyde Design
Bring your questions and points of discussion to join your colleagues in a conversation. This is a facilitated session that provides space and time for those who work with objects, exhibits and more to talk about what they do, bounce ideas around the room, and gain valuable feedback.
|12:30pm – 2pm
Janne Gallen-Kallela Sirén, PhD, Peggy Pierce Elfvin Director, Albright-Knox Art Gallery
|2pm – 3:15pm
Executive Director Confidential: What Hats Must You Wear in Challenging Times? - MH
Anne Ackerson, Leading by Design
This must-have session for executive directors will look at the changing role of the staff leader and contemplate what hats today's successful EDs must wear to work effectively with boards, employees, and volunteers.
Archiving in Museums without Archivists - MH
Rachel Dworkin, Chemung County Historical Society; John Diefenderfer & Clare Flemming, New York State Archives; Anastasia Matijkiw, Documentary Heritage & Preservation Services for New York
You don’t have to be an archivist to manage your museum’s paper-based collections. Learn about tricks of the trade as well as available grant and training opportunities.
Turning Your Collection into a Powerful Marketing Tool
Ken Meifert, National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum
Digital technologies allow museums, library and archives to reach audiences in new and exciting ways. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum launched a digital archive in the fall of 2016 after more than two years of planning and work behind the scenes. Now they are leveraging this digital archive to engage with fans around the world and turn their collection into a powerful marketing tool. The digital archive also allows the Museum to make primary source documents, vintage photographs and scrapbooks available to an ever-widening audience, broadening the institutions appeal and fulfilling its mission to preserve the history of our National Pastime. This session will cover the path the Museum took to accomplish this ambitious project including the ongoing challenges as well as the successes.
Content and Design Come Together
Karen de Seve, Creative Content Studio; Ian Kerrigan, National September 11 Memorial & Museum; Peter Hyde, Peter Hyde Design; James Silva, Juniper & Scribe
Exhibition labels should be more than just text on a panel. Learn the basics of transforming subject matter into compelling stories that entice visitors to interact with information. The most successful exhibitions are created through collaborations between content developers and designers. Experts in both camps share their perspectives on how to make that happen.
Programming Coffee Talk - CT
Bring your questions and points of discussion to join your fellow colleagues in a conversation. This is a facilitated session that provides space and time for those who raise funds for or do programming, events or education at their institutions to talk about what they do, bounce ideas around the room, and gain valuable feedback.
|3:15pm – 3:45pm
Take this time to get a snack, enjoy a cup of coffee while visiting our sponsor exhibit booths and the Silent Auction.
Resume Review Center
What are the skills and experiences that potential employers are looking for? Bring your resume and review it with the leaders in the museum field at the Resume Review Center. Sign up for your appointment at the Conference Registration Table.
Humanities NY Office Hours
Interested in programs and funding opportunities offered by NYCH? Come learn about them 1 on 1 with a representative from the Council
Check out this link to make an appointment.
||Silent Auction Bidding ends
|3:45pm – 5pm
Visitors Insight’s Matter: How Front-end Evaluation Can Help Change the Face of Museums
Marina Guiomar & Sheri Levinsky-Raskin, Intrepid Air & Space Museum
The session features the experimental internal front-end research at the Intrepid Museum and how its findings inspired and transformed the way the museum is now conceptualizing and curating exhibitions and programs.
AAM Advocacy Session - MH
Learn how museums can best advocate with their local, state and Congressional leaders.
Making Tough Decisions: How to Organize a Museum Collection - MH
Michael Wasko & Alice Creviston, Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
Issues surrounding past museum practices, choosing whether to deaccession or not, and shared storage spaces.
The Diverse Community and the Museum
April Oswald & Anna T. D’Ambrosio, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute; Dyeemah Simmons, Whitney Museum of American Art
The Diverse Community and the Museum: Programs aid refugees’ and immigrants’ assimilation, using art to build skills, learn about a new culture, and create a forum for expression leading to understanding, cultural exchange, and community dialogue.
**NEW!!** Student Coffee Talk – CT
Bring your questions and points of discussion to join your fellow students and seasoned professionals in a conversation. This is a facilitated session that provides space and time for those who are new to the field to bounce ideas around the room, ask questions and gain valuable feedback from seasoned professionals. Seasoned professionals are welcome to join and share insights, stories and advice!
|5pm – 6:30pm
The Backstretch Networking Reception at the National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame
Place your bets in your racing best! Home to the oldest racetrack in the country, Saratoga Springs is the epitome of history and society in the world of horse racing. Celebrate in style with MANY at the National Racing Museum and Hall of Fame as they host us for cocktails and appetizers. Don your fanciest hat, Derby suit or racing silks! Meet you in the winner’s circle!
Location: National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame
Keep MANY Working for You! Fundraiser Dinner
Pre-Registration is required, cost for dinner is $49
Continue the evening at one of downtown Saratoga's dining establishments. Join the MANY Board and share your latest news, muse over the day’s presentations & catch-up with your colleagues. All proceeds go to support the Museum Association of New York.
Emerging Museum Professional (EMP) Nite Cap
No pre-registration required. Cash bar.
Non-alcoholic beverages also available.
This event is open to all ages! Join us for the conversation!
We're celebrating EMPs! Are you new to the field? New to the conference? Preparing to graduate and join the working class? This is an opportunity for new and experienced museum professionals to convene, share stories and network. And it's not JUST for EMPs! If you are an experienced professional and think you have something to contribute to the newbies of the field, please join in the fun! Perhaps you're looking to fill a position at your institution and want to scope out the prospects. Or maybe you just need that nite cap after a long day of sessions. Whatever the reason, we hope to see you there! This event is open to all and it’s FREE!
Location: The Gideon Putnam