The Board of Trustees at Munson-Williams Proctor Arts Institute have announced that Museum of Art Director and Chief Curator Anna Tobin D’Ambrosio has been appointed President and CEO, effective in early August. D’Ambrosio succeeds Anthony Spiridigloizzi, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Continue reading
Readers may be aware of the recent wave of disparagement around this notion that there are “too many house museums.” The “too many” campaign was launched about fifteen years ago by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in part to provide protective cover as they shifted more of the responsibility for their chain of house museums onto the communities where they are located; as they sold off others and also to make a point about adaptive reuse – that every old house worth saving does not need to become a museum – obviously.
It had corrosive effects and has influenced some organizations to disengage from past commitments. It has spawned a sub-culture of consultants offering themselves as a solution to sky-is- falling scenarios that they repeat at professional conferences and in various writings and lectures. To listen to most of what’s out there on the subject you’d think that Americans were turning their backs on local history at unprecedented levels and that the future of the past was grim and foreboding. Continue reading
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
After nearly 120 years, the New York State Historical Association (NYSHA) is no more. On March 13, 2017, the State Board of Regents approved NYSHA’s request to amend its charter to change its name to Fenimore Art Museum, revise its corporate purposes, designate the Commissioner of Education as agent for corporation service; and update the organization’s IRS dissolution language (pdf link).
The move follows years of debate over the role of the organization as a statewide advocate for the New York State History Community, a troubled history of publishing the State’s history journal New York History, and questions about NYSHA’s support for the long-standing annual spring meeting of the State’s historians, the Conference on New York State History. Continue reading
Many of the posts in this New York History Blog report on new exhibits, public programs, outreach to schools, and other initiatives. This variety of initiatives reflects the fact that here in New York we have some of the most progressive, innovative programs in the nation.
But are there really any new ideas out there – new ways of looking at and carrying out our mission as historical societies, history museums, and other public history programs? Continue reading
The State Board of Regents and State Education Department Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia today announced the appointment of Mark Schaming as Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education.
In his new role, Schaming will oversee the Office of Cultural Education, which includes the State Museum, New York State Archives and New York State Library. Continue reading
Registration is now open for the 2017 Museum Association of New York (MANY) Annual Conference, April 2 to 4, 2017 in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Sessions and events will be held at The National Museum of Dance and historic Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Spa State Park. Continue reading
The Museum Association of New York has announced that they are now accepting nominations for the 2016 Awards of Merit.
The Awards of Merit program recognizes programs and individuals who have enriched the museum community. They reward staff and volunteers for innovative efforts and encourage the development of new and remarkable projects. Continue reading
In 2012 Governor Cuomo unveiled New York State’s “Path Through History,” a statewide initiative that links historically and culturally significant sites, locations and events throughout New York State. Continue reading
The New York State Council on the Arts Museum Program will offer Professional Development Grants to eligible museums across New York State in 2017.
The program will offer awards of up to $750 per museum for relevant professional development on a first-come, first-served basis. Continue reading