MANY Museum Institute To Focus On Advocacy

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MANY Museum Institute“Museums are Essential! Let people know!” – that’s the message the Museum Association of New York (MANY) is sending in its invitation to this year’s Museum Institute at Great Camp Sagamore in Raquette Lake, NY, taking place September 21st to 24th, 2014.

“Advocacy helps museums and other cultural institutions communicate what they do, why they do it and how it is of value – culturally, socially and economically,” MANY’s invitation says. “It offers a way to impart information and develop other people’s understanding. In doing this, it increases the visibility and profile of museums, which increases visitor numbers and funding!”

Participants at this year’s Institute will hear professionals offer a template for an advocacy action plan for your institution on local, regional, state and national levels; how to turn an idea into a bill and a bill into a law; an inside understanding of the Consolidated Funding Application and  Regional Economic Development Council processes from the inside; how to capture the value brought by your institution to your community; how to be a good neighbor and let people know that you are; and the importance of maintaining and supporting professional networks.

There are a limited number of slots available for this year’s Institute. Acceptance to the Institute is by application only and will be accepted on a rolling basis until August 15, 2014. Application are available as a pdf, or go to their website for more information and to read about this year’s new rates and options. Or contact MANY with any questions at 518-273-3400;

The total cost to participate in the institute including food, lodging, a resource binder, and all conference materials is $695 (double occupancy) for individuals working in New York State museums, $900 for out of state participants. Preference is given to New York State participants. This year single rooms are available by request for a premium of $150/3 nights, making the total cost for the institute with single room $845.  Registration fees, travel fees and lodging costs of $500 for single participants, $750 for multiple can be supported through a NYSCA sponsored Go! Grant.  Due to the high demand for Go! Grants this year we applicants are encouraged to submit grant applications with their Institute application.

The Museum Institute at Sagamore is a reflective, intensive, four day retreat at Great Camp Sagamore in the Adirondacks that gives New York State museum staff, trustees and volunteers the opportunity to learn, reflect and work with their colleagues from across the state.



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