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November 2019 | This Month in NYS Museums

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art External Affairs Team leads a presentation about the reinstallation and funding of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas Galleries at the NYC Meet-Up

The Metropolitan Museum of Art External Affairs Team leads a presentation about the reinstallation and funding of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas Galleries at the NYC Meet-Up

Hello MANY Members and Members of our Museum Community,

Happy Thanksgiving and welcome to our November edition of This Month in NYS Museums.

In this newsletter, we learned how Discover Albany worked with cultural and heritage sites, choosing collaboration over competition to increase attendance with new visitor experiences. On November 14 we traveled to Dia:Beacon for our last fall workshop and learned about interpreting Queer History at historic sites. I hope our article on the new permanent interpretation at the Alice Austen House will do justice to the important work happening about sites working on creating more inclusive content. Lastly, we continue our series "MANY Profile" as we interview Richard Price who has just retired from serving 35 years as Head of Publications at the Corning Museum of Glass.

This Month’s "Letter From Erika" shares important and exciting news about MANY’s advocacy work and AAM’s Museum Advocacy Day.

Thank you to all of the museums who hosted our fall workshops and meet-ups and thank you to the over 430 museum professionals who joined us around the state! We look forward to seeing you all in Albany for "The Power of Partnership" next March!

Thank you for your continuing support!

Megan Eves

Marketing & Social Media Coordinator



Exhibitions & Collections

The Re-Interpretation of the Alice Austen House

The Alice Austen House new permanent exhibition New Eyes on Alice Austen: Redesigning the Museum’s Permanent Installation. Photography courtesy Danielle Bennett

The Alice Austen House on Staten Island represents the life and work of Alice Austen (1866-1952), an early American photographer and a woman ahead of her time. She was one of America’s most prolific female photographers and captured over 8,000 images throughout her life. The house was restored to its former glory after years of neglect as interpreted as a traditional historic house museum. In 2015, the museum received a planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to re-interpret the museum to focus more on the life of Alice Austen and in 2017 updated their National Landmark designation to become a National Site of LGBTQ History. READ MORE


How Albany's Heritage Sites Promote and Expand Cultural Experiences

Discover Albany's Heritage Tourism via

According to a 2013 tourism research report, the average cultural heritage tourist according is likely to spend more and stay longer when compared to the leisure traveler. The City of Albany worked with the Albany Heritage Tourism Advisory Council and Discover Albany (Albany’s Tourism Promotion Agency) to create a strategic plan specifically for heritage tourism. The Cultural Heritage and Tourism Partnership incorporated the mayor, and elected city officials, heritage sites, and Discover Albany to carry out the goals and strategies outlined by the strategic plan. READ MORE


The Role of a Museum Editor-Megan Eves’ Interview with Richard Price, Museum Editor at the Corning Museum of Glass

Richard Price, Head of Publications at The Corning Museum of Glass poses with a few of the publications he has worked on throughout his thirty five year with the Museum.

Recently retired at the end of September Richard Price has worked at The Corning Museum of Glass (CMOG) since April 1985. As the Head of Publications, Price has edited every edition of the Museum’s annual publication including prestigious Journal of Glass Studies, Notable Acquisitions, and the contemporary glass exhibition-in-print, New Glass Review. I spoke with Price to learn more about how he entered the museum field, his time as Museum Editor at CMOG, and reflected back on some of his favorite projects. READ MORE

Letter From Erika

Giving Thanks for Leaders

This fall we saw hundreds of museum professionals at Meet Ups and Workshops in every region of our state. We were immersed in planning the programs and events for the 2020 annual conference and developing new member benefits, including a partnership with the New York Council for Non Profits that will allow MANY members access to NYCON services at greatly reduced rates.  

When I look back at our fall calendar, I am filled with gratitude for our hosts and our program attendees. I am also grateful for support from our elected officials. Behind all the public facing work we have done this year to support best practices and professional development, there has been another project quietly developing. READ MORE

Museums in the News

Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street in New York StateREAD MORE

Alliance Announces Latest Accreditation AwardsREAD MORE

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art Rebrands, Receives Major GiftREAD MORE

Historic Huguenot Street Planning 2020 Womens Rights EventsREAD MORE

New York Transit Museum showcases vintage train cars as subway system celebrates 115th birthdayREAD MORE

Inside Albany's Oldest BuildingREAD MORE

Museum Corner

New Hires!

Bethanie Lawrence–Executive Director at the World Awareness Children's Museum

Ashley James—Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim 

Karli Wurzelbacher–Curator at The Heckscher Museum of Art

Elyse Buxbaum—Executive Vice President for Strategy and Development at The Museum of Jewish Heritage

Do you have new hire? A recent grant? Milestone?

Email us!


Job Board

Check out the latest museum job listings.

Exhibit Developer/Project Manager

The Wild Center

Database Manager

Thomas Cole National Historic Site

Preservation Specialist


Executive Director

Ontario County Historical Society

Museum Associate

All Things Oz Museum

& more!

MANY members can post their #museumjobs for free! 

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Did you know that we are offering 22 professional development scholarships for museum professionals to attend "The Power of Partnership" 2020 annual conference?

Scholarships include conference registration, travel reimbursement, one workshop or special event, and a complimentary individual MANY membership for one year!

Deadline to apply to December 2.

Apply Today

Member News


Le Moyne College Arts Administrative Program Announces the First Annual Impact Awards

Le Moyne College's Impact Awards celebrate those who work behind the scenes to produce, present, curate and/or teach the arts. These awards focus on recognizing the leaders, managers, teachers and community leaders who help to ensure art makes it to the eyes and ears of the communities they serve.

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Announcement: Exciting Changes are Coming to MAP! (Museum Assessment Program)

Applications for the American Alliance of Museums' Museum Assessment Program (MAP) in the areas of Education & Interpretation, Board Leadership, Organizational, Collections Stewardship, and Community & Audience Engagement are due December 1.

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Grants Available for Roadside Markers Commemorating History in New York State

The William G. Pomeroy Foundation officially opened the next grant round of its New York State Historic Marker Grant Program today, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. The marker program commemorates historic people, places, things or events in New York State within the time frame of 1740-1920. Grants cover the entire cost of a marker, pole and shipping.

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Speak up for NYS Museums!

Museums Advocacy Day is a unique opportunity to join with fellow museum professionals and supporters to make the case for museums. By participating, you'll gain advocacy strategies and techniques you can use with your legislators, with local and regional funders, and to advocate for yourself throughout your career.

Learn More


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