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MANY Supports Regents Museum Council Expansion


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On Friday, August 25, the Museum Association of New York (MANY) submitted a public comment on the Amendment of Section 3.12 of the Rules of the New York State Board of Regents relating to the Members of the Museum Council and the Library Council.

“We strongly support this amendment that will increase the number of members on the Museum Advisory Council from five to fifteen, MANY Executive Director Erika Sanger wrote in an e-mail to MANY members.

“This increase is an important step towards a broader representation by museum location, size, and type of collection,” Sanger wrote. “A greater number of voices from New York’s cultural community will help shape and inform the work of the State Education Department and move the Council towards a more accurate reflection of the diversity of our state. ” 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

Documentary Heritage Program Grants Available


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NYS MapNew York State Archives Documentary Heritage Program (DHP) offers grant funds for both Documentation and Arrangement & Description projects to eligible not-for-profit organizations that hold, collect, and make available New York’s historical records. This grant deadline is January 17th, 2017.

For more information, click here, email archdhp@nysed.gov or call (518) 474-6926.

Museum Association of New York Appoints New Director


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Erika SangerThe Board of Directors of the Museum Association of New York (MANY) has announced the appointment of Erika Sanger as Executive Director. Sanger brings with her more than 30 years of experience as an educator and museum professional, and a background in program planning connecting museums and their collections with new audiences.

MANY represents more than 1,400 museums, zoos, botanical gardens, and aquariums in New York State. Continue reading

Free Board Development Workshops For Cultural Institutions


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MANY LogoThe Museum Association of New York (MANY) has announced a lineup of free Board Development Workshops, sponsored by the office of Cultural Education. In partnership with the New York Council on Nonprofits (NYCON), MANY aims to raise the professionalism and leadership of the museum field through providing quality board training that specifically addresses nonprofit cultural organizations.

Below are dates and addresses for each regional event: Continue reading

Devin Lander Appointed New York State Historian


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Devin LanderState Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia today announced the appointment of Devin Lander as New York’s State Historian. Lander, who currently serves as the Executive Director of the Museum Association of New York (MANY), is expected to join the Education Department on May 19, 2016.

The State Education Department, the Department’s Office of Cultural Education, and the State Museum have been under fire for their handling of the State Historian’s position in recent years, including their downgrading the job to a lesser-paid position reporting to the Chief Curator of the State Museum.  Among those critical of the decision to reduce the role of State Historian have been former State Historian Robert Weible and members of the Commission on Local and Public History, convened ten years ago by Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education Carole Huxley to advise the Department of Education on the appointment of a State Historian. Continue reading