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Erika Sanger

About Erika Sanger

Erika Sanger became Executive Director of the Museum Association of New York in August of 2016. Her 30 years of experience in museums and the arts includes positions at the Albany Institute of History & Art, the International Center of Photography, The Jewish Museum, The New-York Historical Society, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, as well as the Asheville Art Museum and Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. She received a BFA from Clark University, Worcester, MA and an MA from New York University's Steinhardt School. She strives for balance by keeping her hands in clay and the floorboards together in the 200 year-old farmhouse she shares with her husband and two black labs.

NYS Museums Advocacy Report From Erika Sanger


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NY Museum Professionals in the Washington, DC office of New York Senator Charles SchumerLast week we were in Washington, D.C. for Museums Advocacy Day sponsored by the American Alliance for Museums. We learned some important things about New York’s Museums that made us proud to speak up for our sector.

Oxford Economics’ 2017 national report “Museums as Economic Engines” found that the total annual economic impact of Museums in New York State is $5.4 billion dollars – equal to that of the state’s agricultural industries and second only to California in contributions to our nation’s economy. Continue reading

Erika Sanger: Museum Education Act Needs Your Support


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Assembly’s Education CommitteeOn Tuesday, February 6, Sheila Healy, the Museum Association of New York’s government relations consultant, and I had the opportunity to attend the Assembly’s Education Committee meeting chaired by Assembly member Catherine Nolan.

Guest speaker MaryEllen Elia, Commissioner of Education, shared her 2018 budget priorities and fielded member questions. We then met with Museum Education Act (A.3892A/S.1676A) sponsors Assembly Member Matt Titone and Senator Betty Little. Continue reading

MANY’s Erika Sanger: Advocate For Museum Funding


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Over the past hundred days, I have read with boundless admiration the passionate letters, emails, and social media posts that you have shared in support of the NEA, NEH, and IMLS. From the largest museums in New York City, to the smallest historical societies in the Finger Lakes, you are ALL speaking up, advocating for the importance of museums and, indeed, to quote Congressman John Lewis, making “good trouble.” Continue reading