Each fall, the Museum Association of New York (MANY) offers a series of informal meet-ups for museum professionals in each of New York State’s 10 REDC regions. This year, MANY is adding six professional development opportunities to their schedule: four Re-Visioning Change workshops, following the theme of MANY’s 2018 Annual Conference; the relaunch of The Museum Institute at Great Camp Sagamore; and Risk Management for Collections, a program offered by the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
Four of the workshops, dubbed Re-Visioning Change, will follow up to the themes explored at MANY’s 2018 Annual Conference, Visioning Change. After the conference concluded in Rochester this past April, MANY asked attendees to give feedback on the programs they enjoyed the most and found to be the most useful. Re-Visioning Change will bring those top-ranked presentations to four cultural institutions across the state, giving those who could not make it to Rochester the chance to experience the best of the conference.
The first workshop will be hosted by SUNY New Paltz on September 14, 2018. The full day of sessions will include presentations from staff at Fort Ticonderoga, the TMI Project, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
As September comes to an end, MANY will re-launch and reimagine leadership strategies for museum professionals at Leaders Define Leadership: The Museum Institute at Great Camp Sagamore, a three-day retreat in the Adirondacks.
Presenters include: Erika Sanger, Executive Director of MANY, Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, President and CEO, Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor, ME; Andrew Marietta, Vice President, Regional Development, Central New York Office, New York Council of Nonprofits; and Suzanne LeBlanc, President of the Long Island Children’s Museum.
MANY is also partnering with the Cultural Agency of the Netherlands (Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfoad, or RCE) and the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to bring the Risk Management for Collections strategic workshop to the United States. On November 13, museum professionals will gather at the Oneida County History Center in Utica, NY to learn the best practices of managing and assessing risk to collections from the developers of the strategy, Bart Ankersmit, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, and Renate van Leijen, Advisor of Safe Heritage, both of the RCE.
MANY will also be hosting ten free Meet-Ups for museum professionals across the state throughout the fall. Each event will take place in one of New York’s 10 REDC regions: The Capital Region, Finger Lakes, North Country, Mid-Hudson, Central Region, Western Region, New York City, the Southern Tier, Mohawk Valley, and Long Island.
The Meet-Ups are an opportunity for members and non-members of MANY to network, explore institutions in their region. The first Meet-Up of the season, scheduled for August 30, 2018, will be hosted at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, NY. Before attendees meet on the picturesque lawn for the snacks and drinks in the evening, a workshop hosted by Humanities New York and a tour of the Thomas Cole House will be offered.
A full calendar of events can be found on the MANY website.
Photo of Great Camp Sagamore, courtesy of Great Camp Sagamore; design by Sarah Heikkinen.