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Dear Members of our Museum Community,

Welcome to our June edition of "This Month in NYS Museums!"

In this newsletter, we take a closer look at the reimagined Halls of Gems and Minerals at the American Museum of Natural History. The Halls underwent four years of renovations as part of the Museum's 150th anniversary and reopened to the public as an educational resource to explore current scientific knowledge about the Earth.

The Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute recruited community members to contribute to the interpretation of its latest exhibition, Call & Response: Collecting African American Art that offers visitors new ways to explore works of art and the artists who created them. 

The Universal Hip Hop Museum will occupy 52,000 square feet in a 22-story building that will include affordable housing units, public open space, and retail space as part of the $349 million mixed-use project to transform Bronx Point. The Museum won't open until 2024, but it's already engaging the community with a temporary exhibition space at the Bronx Terminal Market and by using AI funded by Microsoft. 

In this month's Letter from Erika, MANY Executive Director Erika Sanger is ready to travel and visit museums again this fall after a week filled with in-person meetings and a staff field trip. We hope you join us for our in-person programming this fall. We are so excited to see you all again!

We've also gathered information about some current funding opportunities for NYS museums.

Lastly, please save the date for our 2022 annual conference "Envisioning Our Museums for the Seventh Generation" in Corning, NY on April 9 - 12. Look for Call for Proposals this September!

Thank you for your support,

Megan Eves

Marketing & Communications Associate


Reimagined for the Future: American Museum of Natural History’s Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) opened its Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals to the public on June 12 after being closed for four years. Minerals and gems have been part of the AMNH collections since it was founded in 1869. The Halls underwent extensive renovation as part of the Museum's 150th anniversary. The 11,000 square-foot space features the Museum's permanent collection of minerals, gems, and meteorites. The renovation not only showcases the Museum’s collection but provides an engaging guide to current scientific knowledge about the Earth. Multi-media presentations and interactives align with next generation science standards and can serve as a learning lab for science teacher education and professional development while being accessible to the general public.

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Community as Contributors:

Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute

For decades, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute has engaged with its local community through exhibitions and programming. Its latest exhibition Call & Response: Collecting African American Art pulls back the curtain on how the museum has acquired work by Black artists over the past 30 years. The exhibition is about making connections between works of art and the artists who created them. To offer visitors new perspectives, the museum invited eight community contributors who shared their interpretations of the exhibited work using music, personal history, and comparative works of art.

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The Universal Hip Hop Museum and Bronx Point

The Universal Hip Hop Museum is set to open in 2024 and will be the first museum dedicated to the preservation of Hip Hop. The museum is part of a $349 million mixed-use project to transform Bronx Point along the Harlem River waterfront. The museum broke ground this past May after ten years of work on the part of Hip Hop legend and historian Paradise Gray, a team of Hip Hop icons and enthusiasts, and the museum’s Executive Director Rocky Bucano.

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MANY Staff at Fort Ticonderoga, June 24, 2021

Letter from Erika:

Remember Going Places with People?

Dear Members, Colleagues, and Friends,

On June 23rd, MANY’s board of directors met at the Hart-Cluett Museum in Troy. During a break, we toured the Hart-Cluett’s exhibition galleries and the historic “Marble House” at 59 Second Street. The next day, MANY staff visited Fort Ticonderoga where we saw their new virtual program delivery studio and gained a deeper understanding of how the Fort, located between Lakes George and Champlain, played a pivotal role in history. Today, an image of the Everson Museum of Art from June 2019 popped up in my Facebook “memories.” We were in Syracuse to launch the New York tour of the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street Water/Ways exhibition at the Erie Canal Museum.

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Museum Opportunities


NYSCA FY2022 funding will be offered in 4 rounds.

Museums can apply for support in Round Three in both “Support for Organizations” and “Recovery” categories. Neither category requires matching funds. The “Recovery” grants are a ONE TIME only opportunity.

“Support for Organizations” replaces General Operating Support and Project Categories.

If you have a multi-year grant that continues into 2022 and you want to keep that contract, you do not need to reapply.

Support for Organizations awards will be between $10,000 and $49,500. The amount of the award will be based on your score given to your application based on the rubric provided.

Museums can also apply for a “Recovery” grant.

If your operating budget is between $100,000 and $10,000,000 you are eligible to apply for a $10,000 “Recovery” grant.

If your operating budget is below $100,000 you are eligible to apply for a $5,000 "Recovery" grant.

Program Contacts:

Kristin Herron,

Fabiana Chiu-Rinaldi,

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Humanities NY SHARP Recovery Grants

HNY SHARP funds will be distributed in 2 rounds

Operating Grants of up to $20,000

(not to exceed 10% of an organization’s budget)

–are intended to help cultural nonprofit organizations recover from financial hardship resulting from the pandemic. Funds may be used to cover day-to-day activities or ongoing expenses such as staff salaries, utilities, office supplies, etc., as well as for humanities programming and professional development.

Apply by end of day Friday, July 9, 2021

Action Grants of up to $20,000 ($1,500 to $10,000)

–are implementation grants for public-facing humanities projects that encourage audiences to reflect on their values, explore new ideas, and engage with others in their community. These grants aim to actively engage audiences through creative programming formats, including workshops, roundtables, panel discussions, exhibits, podcasts, and interactive digital platforms.

Apply by end of day Friday, October 1, 2021

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NEA American Rescue Plan Funding

Two funding opportunities available–one for arts and culture organizations, and one for local arts agencies to subgrant (NYSCA)

Arts and Culture Organizations

Grants to eligible organizations can fund staff salaries, fees/stipends for artists and/or contractual personnel to provide services for specific activities as part of organizational operations, facilities costs, costs associated with health and safety supplies for staff and/or visitors/audiences, and/or marketing and promotion costs.

Grant amount for either $50,000, $100,000 or $150,000

Cost share/matching funds are not required

NEA anticipates making 800 awards

Application deadline: August 12, 2021

Organizations Starting with Letters A-L:


Organizations Starting with Letters M-Z:


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NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment Grant Program Applications Due 9/1

The NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment Grant Program is a partnership of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and GHHN that provides support for treatment procedures to aid in stabilizing and preserving objects held in collections of museums, historical, and cultural organizations in New York State. The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation has provided additional dedicated support for conservation treatment projects in Nassau & Suffolk counties and New York City. The work must be performed by, or under direct supervision of, a professional conservator.

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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 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 or 215-545-0613 ext. 338.

Summer 2021 Application Deadline: Friday, July 16

Museums in the News

June 2021 Newsletter Sponsors

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