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Meet MANY Online

Led by museum professionals from across New York State and beyond, join us online in this webinar series. 

Webinars are free; advance registration required. 

Recordings available for MANY members. Learn about how to join as a virtual member!

More programs to be confirmed!

Friday, July 26

12 - 1:30 PM EST

Uncovering and Celebrating Stories Yet Untold: Digging Into LGBTQIA+ Stories Hiding in Plain Sight in Collections, Historic Sites, and Galleries

LGBTQIA+ lives are frequently underrepresented in our museum collections and interpretation, as well as in registries of historic sites. Once we have determined to preserve and share more queer stories, where do we start? This webinar will explore diverse examples of stories that have been uncovered, and how we are documenting them and sharing with visitors.

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Friday, August 23

12 - 1:30 PM EST

Old Collection, New Pride: Fresh Takes to Diversify Programming

Gain fresh inspiration to invigorate family-friendly, inclusive programming from two niche museums that found novel and creative ways to connect the unique stories in their collections and archives to community events that are especially LGBTQ-welcoming. Find out how The Whaling Museum uses historic content in its archives to connect to family programming with drag performers. Explore how the Corning Museum of Glass is deepening its inclusivity for and with broader audiences through its work with community circles. Staff will share their triumphs, challenges, strategies for addressing pushback, and lessons learned from the process of expanding their public programming. Leave with practical inspiration to use your collection as a gateway to celebrate gender diversity.

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Friday, September 6

12 - 1:30 PM EST

Voicing Our Own Value: The New Museum Labor Movement

In recent years, museums across the country have seen a new wave of unionization efforts as museum staff have begun to recognize the importance of organizing, these efforts often involve contradictions between new expectations and the “way things have always been done” at our institutions. Can unions provide new energy for cultural organizations rather than pose a threat? Can living wages and protections against toxic workplaces coexist within a vibrant and sustainable museum economic model?

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Friday, September 27

12 - 1:30 PM EST

Preservation Plans: An Overview

A preservation plan is an essential document that helps collecting institutions thoughtfully and carefully chart a course for the preservation of their collections. In this webinar, participants will learn about the components that go into an effective preservation plan, tips for preparing for planning, and how to use a preservation plan to advocate for support for your collections.

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Friday, October 4

12 - 1:30 PM EST

Design & The Olympic Winter Games: A New Live Virtual Field Trip for Classrooms

Learn how the Lake Placid Olympic Museum (LPOM) created its first live virtual field trip for schools–extending our reach and giving voice to our unique collection. During this webinar, you will participate in a hands-on collaborative brainstorming activity, while also “getting a taste” of Design and the Olympic Winter Games with some quick highlights of what students see and do in the live virtual field trip program hosted by the LPOM education team.

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Friday, October 11

12 - 1:30 PM EST

Civic Actors: Communities of Practice to Support Civic Engagement

Museums can and should be active in civic learning and engagement, as core parts of their mission and mandate. As trusted “third spaces” in communities, museums have a unique opportunity and obligation to build civic mindsets, knowledge and skills among community members, to present multiple viewpoints on difficult topics, and to cultivate museum spaces as places for honest discussions. Partnering with organizations already doing civic work and participating in capacity-building initiatives like Made By Us and Educating for American Democracy can position museums to be relevant and community-oriented in ways that are mission-aligned.

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Friday, October 18

12 - 1:30 PM EST

What's in a name? (and what we learned about changing one)

The Buffalo AKG Art Museum, formerly the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, opened to the public in June 2023, after being closed for nearly four years for a development and expansion project. Just down the road in Utica, the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute worked concurrently on a new Campus Master Plan and a new brand, resulting in what is now the new Munson. This webinar will offer practical information about the process of remaking museums, from a sharpened focus on community to a new name, a new graphic identity, and a new campus. Find out how the Buffalo AKG Art Museum and the Munson Museum of Art (re)introduced their new identities to their staff, their city, and the world, along with tales of what was learned in the process.

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Friday, November 8

12 - 1:30 PM EST

Strategies to Create Inclusivity in Established or New Experiences

Over the last several years, with the shifting needs and expectations of an increasingly diverse audience, the panelists have developed strategic approaches to developing more inclusive and engaging experiences for a wider audience. These strategies are focused on membership, education programs, renovations to existing exhibits, designing inclusivity into new exhibits, limited budget exhibits and space programming. The Children's Museum at Saratoga will be the primary example plus examples from outside the museum field that apply to museum challenges. This webinar will be beneficial for anyone in the midst of or beginning any size program, exhibit or museum building project.

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Friday, November 15

12 - 1:30 PM EST

Understanding Place: Relationship Building with Indigenous Communities

Are you interested in building or strengthening your organization’s relationships with local Indigenous communities? In this webinar, the Long Island Children’s Museum, Denise Silva-Dennis of the Shinnecock Nation, and Allison McGovern, an Anthropological Archaeologist discuss the ways in which they, and others, collaborated to make connections, deepen cultural understanding and share learning. Value is given voice through authentic relationship building, listening and collaboration. Discover ways in which your organization can further your connections.

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Friday, November 22

12 - 1:30 PM EST

Diversifying the Museum Space

Museums are supposed to be spaces for all people to learn, engage, and discuss ideas. Often the ALL, has been a challenge for many museums because they were never founded with equity and justice in mind and not designed to engage and attract diverse audiences. This results in Museums asking: How can we engage more Black and Latinx communities? How are we communicating our value to diverse audiences? This webinar led by BIPOC leaders from across the Museum sector will address the challenges the museum field faces in attracting diverse staff and engaging diverse audiences.

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Friday, December 6

12 - 2 PM EST

Breaking Barriers: Navigating the Digital Frontier in Museums

Want to build a digital collection but don’t know where to start? This workshop aims to empower institutions of any size to set up a digital collections infrastructure. By the end, participants will have a broad understanding of digitization equipment, digital collections solutions and other resources required for success, catalog and metadata best practices, and will receive guidance for next steps.

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Friday, December 13

12 - 1:30 PM EST

Removing Barriers and Opening Doors: Finding Ways to Improve Accessibility and Inclusion

Accessibility can mean many things, from physical accessibility to a building to language translation, transportation, site navigation and wayfinding, and more. This webinar will discuss ways that each organization has addressed complex issues of accessibility to their historic buildings while making their programs and exhibits more inclusive of their communities. We'll discuss the challenges of reaching new audiences and breaking down the barriers to visitorship. From funding to finding the right consultants, through implementation, participants will receive practical advice to work toward a more open and welcoming museum no matter what the size of the organization.

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All virtual programs are recorded and available for MANY members via the Member Resource page within 7 days of the live program. 

Click here to learn more about joining MANY or email info@nysmuseums.org to see if you membership is active.

Live out of state? Join MANY Online! With our growing national and international audience in mind, we are pleased to announce a new virtual membership category for individuals who live outside of New York State.

Virtual members can access the library of over 70 programs and receive discounted registration for MANY’s annual conference. Click here to learn more.

MANY is committed to making our virtual programs as accessible as possible. All virtual programs will have Closed Captioning and ASL Interpretation provided by InterpretekFor more information, please email info@nysmuseums.org or call 518-273-3400.


Virtual programs are made possible by the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.

The Museum Association of New York helps shape a better future for museums and museum professionals by uplifting best practices and building organizational capacity through advocacy, training, and networking opportunities.

Museum Association of New York is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. 

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