Dear Members of our Museum Community,
Welcome to our November edition of "This Month in NYS Museums." I want to start with a huge thank you to the nearly 1400 people from 392 organizations who have joined us for one of our virtual programs this fall. If you missed any of our programs, log into your MANY account and watch the recordings here. There are 3 programs left. Click here to learn more and to register.
We are excited to announce that 98 museums from across New York State have been selected to participate in "Building Capacity, Creating Sustainability, Growing Accessibility" project. Click here to read our full press release.
In this newsletter, we have compiled a brief report on the CARES Act funding and its $200 million allocation in supplemental funding to assist cultural institutions affected by the coronavirus. NYS museums received just over $5.3 million in federal funding through the CARES Act in 37 grants.
Next, we downloaded TikTok and spoke with Cradle of Aviation Creative Manager Rod Leonhard to learn a little more about the popular mobile app and how the Museum gained more than 51,000 followers with short videos on the history of ingenuity and innovation in aerospace.
Staying in the digital sphere, we spoke with Wayne Higby, the Wayne Higby Director and Chief Curator at the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum about the Museum's new, virtual reality exhibition where four artists were invited to creative artworks that can only be experience in a virtual space.
With thanks for your support,
Marketing & Communications Associate
CARES Act Funding to NYS Museums
On March 25, 2020, the Senate voted unanimously, 96-0 in favor of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 27, the CARES Act passed the House and was signed into law. This $2.2 trillion CARES Act economic stabilization plan allocated $200 million in supplemental funding to assist cultural institutions affected by the coronavirus. New York State museums received just over $5.3 million in federal funding through the CARES Act in 37 grants.
#ForYourPage: How the Cradle of Aviation Found a New Authentic Voice on TikTok
TikTok. It’s a word that you’ve probably heard at least a few times over the last nine months. It’s not describing the sound a clock makes but a popular short video app. It’s full of dancing, lip synching, and now museums who are experimenting with the app to reach new audiences; museums like the Cradle of Aviation on Long Island. The Museum has a strong social media presence with 15,000 Facebook followers, 2,500 followers on Instagram, 3,500 followers on Twitter, and 302 subscribers on YouTube. They created their TikTok in January and in March they saw a dramatic increase in followers and engagement on the platform. At the time of this article, the Cradle of Aviation Museum has 51,200 followers and 566,700 likes with 154 videos.
Can't Visit the Exhibition? Bringing the Exhibition Experience to You
What would it be like to experience an immersive exhibition outside of a museum space? With canceled or postponed exhibitions affecting many museums this year, the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum at Alfred University created a Full Capacity, a new, virtual reality exhibition on the Museum’s website. The exhibition features the work of Diedrick Brackens, Lisa Marie Barber, Coco Klockner, and Jeanne Quinn who were invited to imagine a virtual space based on their studio practice and created artworks that are completely original and can only be experienced in virtual space.
Museum Association of NY Announces Museum Partners for Building Capacity, Creating Sustainability, Growing Accessibility
The Museum Association of New York (MANY) is thrilled to announce that 98 museums from across New York State have been selected to participate in “Building Capacity, Creating Sustainability, Growing Accessibility”, an IMLS CARES Act grant project designed to help museums impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic share their collections and reach audiences who cannot physically visit their museums. 200 staff will be trained to use new hardware and software to develop programs that will engage their communities and reach new audiences.
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