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Together we are MANY

Our Mission

The Museum Association of New York inspires, connects, and strengthens New York’s cultural community statewide by advocating, educating, collaborating, and supporting professional standards and organizational development.

Our Vision

MANY ensures that New York State museums operate at their full potential as economic drivers and essential components of their communities. 

2020 – 2021


73 museum professionals advocated on behalf of NYS museums for the American Alliance of Museums Virtual Museums Advocacy Day in February 2021–the highest number of delegates from any state.


In 2020 and 2021, MANY produced 42 virtual programs attended by 5,034 museum professionals.

In 2021, MANY hosted 19 in-person programs across NYS attended by 371 museum professionals.


Pomeroy Fund for NYS History

In partnership with the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, the Pomeroy Fund for NYS History has rapidly distributed $187,808 to 83 history-related organizations across NYS since April 2020.

NYSCA / MANY Partnership Grants

In October 2021, MANY was awarded $575,000 from the New York State Council on the Arts for a re-grant partnership to distribute 100 grants of $5,000 in 2022 to assist NYS museums with capacity building.


In November 2020, MANY was awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services CARES Act grant to support museums reaching their audiences digitally throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

MANY worked with 178 museum professionals at 96 museums in 19 in-person workshops and 54 virtual workshops throughout 2021 to build technical and program development skills. 97% of project participants reported building new digital skills and 90% have applied their technology and learning to create additional programs at their museums.


In October 2021, MANY was awarded $49,884 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) funded by the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act to create a new seven part virtual series, “Museums Support Democracy” co-produced with Museum Hue beginning in 2022.


In August 2021, MANY helped coordinate and hosted the Coalition of State Museum Association’s two-day virtual summit to learn and network with our fellow state museum associations. MANY Executive Director Erika Sanger was named COSMA Board Vice President in September 2021.

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MANY Membership as of December 31, 2021

2021 Museum Institute at Great Camp Sagamore attendees

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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Troy, NY 12180 USA

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