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2022 Conference Scholarships

Envisioning Our Museums for the Seventh Generation

April 9 - 12, 2022 | Corning, NY

MANY is pleased to announce two scholarship opportunities for museum professionals to attend “Envisioning Our Museums for the Seventh Generation” 2022 Annual Conference in Corning, April 9-12, 2022.

Scholarship for BIPOC Museum Administrators

Awarded to a Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color working in museum administration who has played a leadership role in advancing the capacity and sustainability of their museum.

Cassetti Annual Conference Scholarship

Awarded to a museum professional who has demonstrated creative leadership and has affected significant, positive change in the ways in which their museum engages with audiences.

2022 Conference Scholarship Recipients

Scholarship for BIPOC Museum Administrators

Zulmilena Then, Preservation Manager, Weeksville Heritage Center

As a native Brooklynite, grassroots organizer and activist, Zulmilena Then works in various capacities to preserve her home community. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute and currently serves as the Preservation Manager for the Weeksville Heritage Center (WHC). In this capacity, she ensures the integrity and long-term preservation of the Historic Hunterfly Road Houses, the only remaining domestic structures of 19th-century Weeksville. Before WHC, while working with the Black-owned architectural firm Michael Ivanhoe McCaw Architect, P.C, renovating historic buildings throughout Brooklyn, mainly in Bed-Stuy, she realized the power historic buildings have in anchoring our communities. In 2015, this inspired her to form, Preserving East New York (PENY), an organization focused on celebrating and elevating the voices of the predominantly Black and Brown East New York community to make a real social and political change to protect the neighborhood through historic preservation.

Zulmilena Then, Preservation Manager, Weeksville Heritage Center this years inaugural recipient of the Scholarship for BIPOC Museum Administrators

Cassetti Annual Conference Scholarship

Ran Yan, Executive Director, Lewis Latimer House Museum

As the Executive Director of Lewis Latimer House Museum (LLHM), Ran Yan works to engage diverse audiences throug hinclusive programs rooted in African American inventor and humanist Lewis H. Latimer’s legacy. In the first 3 years of her tenure as Executive Director, Ran more than doubled the museum’s attendance and budget. She builds partnerships with community stakeholders in Flushing, Queens and various organizations across New York City. At LLHM, now a city landmark, Latimer’s life story is used as a point of departure from which to examine issues of race, class, immigration and contemporary events. Ran is passionate about arts as a public good as well as racial and gender equities. She has presented her work at various conferences and served on teh granst panels for New York State Council on the Arts and Queens Council on the Arts. Before moving to New York City, Ran studied architecture and preservation and Tongji University in Shanghai, and completed her Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation Planning at Cornell University. She is a Beijing native and calls New York City her home.

Ran Yan, Executive Director, Lewis Latimer House Museum is the recipient of the Cassetti Annual Conference Scholarship


Those eligible for the Annual Conference Scholarships must be employed full time in a museum in New York State. The awardee is only eligible to receive this scholarship once. The recipient will be required to sign a letter of agreement before receipt of the stipend.

These scholarships include conference registration, one workshop or special event registration, two nights in the Hilton Garden Inn, Corning, up to $150 travel reimbursement, and complimentary individual MANY membership for one year.

Following the conference, Scholarship recipients will be required to submit a 500 to 1,000 word article for the MANY newsletter This Month in NYS Museums

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