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Southern Tier Partnership Forum

Roberson Museum and Science Center 

30 Front St Binghamton, NY 13905

Tuesday, November 9

10 AM - 4 PM


MANY Members $25

Non-members $30

Registration includes lunch and museum admission.

Schedule is subject to change. Forum is limited to 30 people. Advance registration required.

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10 - 10:15 AM Welcome

10:15 - 11:30 AM 

Community Partnerships in Auburn NY

Geoff Starks, Director of Development and Outreach, Cayuga Museum of History and Art

Jeffrey Ludwig, PhD, Director of Education, Seward House Museum

Mitch Maniccia, Facilities Manager, Seward House Museum

Panelists from Auburn’s Cayuga Museum of History and Art and Seward House Museum will discuss the development of an immersive “Hands-On History Camp.” Founded out of a partnership between these historic sites, as well as with the Harriet Tubman National Historic Park and Auburn’s city library system, the story of the camp’s success serves as a model for reimagining collaboration. Whereas previously the partner sites competed for campers or shied away from attempting such a program, together they combined forces (and resources) to create a unique and popular experience for history-minded campers that brought out the best from each organization. Engage with this panel to learn about the planning and development of the camp, the challenges faced before and after the pandemic, how organizers formed inclusive new relationships within community groups to expand outreach, and various strategies for fundraising to make the camp accessible to all audiences.

11:30 AM - 12 PM MANY Update: Advocacy & Programs with Erika Sanger

12 - 1 PM Lunch and time to explore the Roberson Museum and Science Center

1 - 2:30 PM

The Advantage of Creating an Arts District for Museums and Arts Organizations

Bethanie Lawrence, Executive Director, World Awareness Children’s Museum

Candice Frye, Director, Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council

Jacquiline Touba, PhD, Founder, World Awareness Children’s Museum

Kathleen Naftaly, Director, Crandall Public Library

This session will demonstrate how developing an arts district can lead to communicating, collaborating, sharing collections and exhibitions, joint marketing and ultimately obtaining grants. This will clearly show the power of partnership and demonstrate a framework for accomplishing it.

2:30 - 2:45 PM Break

2:45 - 4 PM

Museum Partnerships for Access and Inclusion

Rebecca McNamara, Associate Curator, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum

Benjamin Bogin, Skidmore Director of Asian Studies, Skidmore College

Siobhan Hart, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Skidmore College

This panel will examine partnerships between the Tang Teaching Museum and interdisciplinary scholars, foregrounding case studies of collection- and exhibition-based initiatives that broaden and strengthen the museum’s audiences, expand our understandings of art scholarship, and develop models of collaborative learning in museum practice.

MANY members $25 // Non-members $30; includes lunch.

Schedules are subject to change. Each forum is limited to 30 people. Advance registration is required.

MANY's COVID-19 Safety Policy for In-Person Events

With the safety of our colleagues foremost in mind, attendees at programs offered by the Museum Association of New York must agree to our COVID-19 Safety Policy. Click here to read

Partnership Forums are supported by:

The Museum Association of New York strengthens the capacity of New York State’s cultural community by supporting professional standards and organizational development. We provide advocacy, training, and networking opportunities so that museums and museum professionals may better serve their missions and communities.

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

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