Dear Members of our Museum Community,
Welcome to our May edition of "This Month in NYS Museums!"
In this newsletter, we reviewed the 2021 NYS Regional Economic Development Consolidated Funding application and guidelines for Round XI to take a closer look at different funding opportunities for museums. This year, the state has changed the process for how the money will be distributed with funding available on a rolling basis. To be considered for the first round, applications must be submitted by July 30.
Earlier this month, the Buffalo History Museum returned the 200-year old Red Jacket Peace Medal to the Seneca Nation in a ceremony at the Onohsagwe:de’ Cultural Center. Dr. Joe Stahlman, Director of the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum led the facilitation for the Seneca Nation during the repatriation process. We learned more about the repatriation process and what museums can do to strengthen relationships to create meaningful partnerships with Native Nations moving forward.
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum is celebrating its 20th anniversary by sharing its collection in All Together Now, a project created to strengthen and form new collaborations between neighbor organizations while showcasing rarely seen objects from the Tang's collection.
In this month's Letter from Erika, MANY Executive Director Erika Sanger asks us not to forget our memories from the multiple national crises of the last year but ask ourselves how we can learn from our history and create professional practices to center community engagement.
Lastly, please join us for our spring virtual program, Serving New York's Collecting Institutions: The Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York on Friday, June 25 at noon to hear how DHPSNY is helping museums connect with the tools they need to care for their archival collections.
Thank you for your support,
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Map of 2021 State of NYS Museums Respondents
$15 Million in American Rescue Plan Act Grants Now Available for Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced a new funding opportunity for museums, libraries, and Native American and Native Hawaiian communities. The $15 million federal investment will provide direct support to address community needs created or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and in assisting with recovery.
NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment Grant Program Applications Due 9/1
The Connecticut League of History Organizations is presenting a series of free online lectures, Keynotes of Change. This series will spotlight four different areas of underrepresented history (Indigenous, Latino, African-American, and LGBTQ) with expert speakers from across the Northeast and beyond.
June 2– Indigenizing Historical Narratives (Chris Newell, Abbe Museum)
June 9– Latinos: The Not so New Kids on the Block (Juan David Coronado, Central Connecticut State University)
June 16– Northern Slavery and the Preservation of Memory (Kyera Singleton, Royall House and Slave Quarters)
June 23– Interrogating the Silence: Sharing the LGBTQ Past with Visitors (Susan Ferentinos, author of Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites)Read more
Museum Learning Hub: Managing Digitization Projects
Many museums, archives, and cultural institutions already have or are working towards creating digital collections. This module provides the tools, resources, best practices, and descriptive standards needed for building a robust digital collection program. It will also provide instruction on structuring digital collection projects correctly, covering common decision points in digital project planning, project implementation, and long-term maintenance of digitized records.
All webinars are free.
Session 1: Get Inspired!
June 8 at 2pm
Technical Workshop 1: Digitization: Strategy and Purpose
June 15 at 2pm
Technical Workshop 2: How to Build a Digitization Project
June 22 at 2pm
Tech Workshop 3: Imaging Standards and Logistics in Digitization Projects
June 29 at 2pm
Documentary Heritage & Preservations Services for New York is now accepting applications for 4 Planning & Assessment Services
Documentary Heritage & Preservations Services for New York (DHPSNY) is currently accepting applications for four Planning & Assessment Services, designed to support New York organizations in improving and advancing program efforts while forming strategies for future growth and development:
Archival Needs Assessments: an excellent way to examine your archival program holistically through an external lens.
Preservation Surveys: a general evaluation of your institution's preservation needs, pinpointing areas of concern and recommendations for improvement.
Strategic Planning Assistance: helps organizations think proactively about their future and shape a three-year plan to serve as a road map for future decision-making under a trained facilitator.
Condition Surveys: a valuable tool for institutions that have received a Preservation Survey (through DHPSNY or another program) and are looking to evaluate the conditions of collection materials on a more granular level.
Visit dhpsny.org/planning-assessment to learn more about each DHPSNY service and determine which is right for your organization's needs.
If you're unsure which service to apply for or whether your institution is ready, DHPSNY staff is available to answer your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-545-0613 ext. 338.
Summer 2021 Application Deadline: Friday, July 16
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