December 11, 2017
Dear Members, Friends, and Colleagues,
Last week I was honored to present testimony on MANY's behalf at the New York State Assembly's Standing Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts, and Sports Development annual budget oversight hearing to review the impact and effectiveness of NYSCA grants.
I included that museums are one of New York's State's most valuable cultural assets -- attracting visitors from around the world with an economic impact in the billions of dollars. I also detailed how NYSCA plays an essential role in funding our state's museums and cultural organizations and how the anonymous peer review process insures that funding decisions are informed by knowledgeable professionals.
In preparation, we distributed a survey to gather information about funding from NYSCA and the REDC. You can click here to read a summary of the survey results. If you are interested in a copy of my comments or the survey raw data, please let me know and I will be happy to send them to you as pdfs.
Advocating on behalf of New York's museums and cultural institutions is one of the most rewarding things we do. MANY's board and staff are gearing up for the tenth Museums Advocacy Day, February 26-27 in Washington, DC. Museums Advocacy Day is a critical chance to make a unified case to Congress about the value of museums, and a unique opportunity to invest in yourself and build your own advocacy skills.
Registration for this exciting and important event is FREE to MANY members. Send an email to our office to request your registration code. It is not too late to renew your 2017 MANY membership and join us in Washington, DC.
Keep checking our website for more information about "Visioning Change" MANY's 2018 annual conference in Rochester April 8-10. We have some information up on the homepage, with more to follow soon.