Erika Sanger, Executive Director of the Museum Association of New York, has reported to the organizations’ supporters that the New York State Board of Regents designated the Museum Education Act as a budget priority and proposed $5 million to fund it.
Under their state budget priorities, the Regents describe this new program as:
Expanding Access to Education Programs through Cultural Institutions – Support the Museum Education Act and establish competitive grants to support cultural institutions that seek to establish or improve museum education programs designed to improve and support student learning opportunities, including supporting the development of local curricular aids.
In a video released last week Commissioner MaryEllen Elia talked about equity, and passing the Museum Education Act linking museum education programs with students.
Sanger’s letter to supporters thanked Chancellor Betty Rosa, Regent Roger Tilles, Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, Executive Deputy Commissioner Elizabeth Berlin and Deputy Commissioner of Cultural Education Mark Schaming for their support of museums in New York.
The funding will still need to move through the upcoming legislative session.