The Museum Association of New York is pleased to present the schedule for the 2015 Annual Conference. Stay Connected to get the most up-to-date information about the conference as it develops.
Unless otherwise noted, events are included in the basic registration fee.
Throughout the conference we have included both theme-oriented sessions as well as those that address topics that were specifically requested by conference attendees in our 2014 survey. These sessions and workshops will focus on skill building for museum professionals and overall organizational capacity building.
2015 Annual Conference Schedule
All sessions address the annual conference theme unless otherwise noted as follows, Must Haves - MH, Coffee Talks - CT
Available presenter materials from 2015 sessions are noted in red.
|1pm – 4pm||
Pre-Conference half-day Workshops
Glass Conservation Workshop at the CMoG Conservation Lab, $60 MANY member; $70 non-member; (limited to the first 8)
This workshop is full!
This practical workshop introduces the principles and practices of cleaning, care, conservation and restoration of historical and archaeological glass. Discussions center on aspects of deterioration, cleaning and restoration methods, as well as care, handling, and proper conditions for storage and display. Practical work includes cleaning, re-assembly of broken glass, and use of adhesives. Click here to learn more about conservation at CMoG. Workshop Leaders: Stephen Koob, Chief Conservator, Corning Museum of Glass
2:30pm – 4pm
Enriching Communities Through Museum & Business Partnerships
This session describes how The Rockwell Museum and Great Camp Sagamore have partnered with corporations to support their organizational missions to provide more engaging environments, increase attendance, and reach larger and more diverse populations at their institutions. Session Leaders: Mary Mix, Director of Education, The Rockwell Museum; Garet Livermore, Executive Director, Great Camp Sagamore **This session will take place at The Rockwell Museum
Rethinking Outreach by Moving Outside the Museum
Addressing the Balance: Negotiating Potential Conflicts Between the Regular Visitor & Specific Community Groups in Historic Buildings - UK & US Perspectives
New York Council for the Humanities Grants Session
Learn about the New York Council for the Humanities (NYCH) from Lauren Kushnick, Director of Grants and Partnerships and Kate Sidley, Grants Officer. This session will cover NYCH grant offerings, how to apply, tips for creating a successful grant application, and information about our exciting new funding opportunities. After the presentation there will be ample time for a Q&A so feel free to bring your questions! Session Leaders: Lauren Kushnick, Director of Grants and Partnerships, NYCH; Kate Sidley, Grants Officer, NYCH
|4pm – 5:30pm||
Sponsored by Gilbane Building Company
Experience a Hot Glass Show, enjoy local Finger Lakes Wines while networking with the largest gathering of museum professionals in New York State! Live glassmaking provides a unique context for understanding the Museum's amazing collection and is an amazing show. Come see what all the excitement is about! Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.
Fire & Ice Champagne Tour & Fundraising Dinner - FUll
Limited to the first 100 registrants. Pre-Registration is required, cost for dinner is $49
Take a VIP tour of the Museum's galleries while sipping champagne and bubbly generously donated by local Atwater Estate Vinyards. Special thanks also to the The Bonadio Group for sponsoring the VIP Champagne Tour. Learn about the evolution of the Museum, its collection and the building. Enjoy a dinner paired with local Finger Lakes wines. Wind down after the first day at the conference with friends, new and old alike! All proceeds go to support the Museum Association of New York.
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|7am – 5pm||Conference Registration|
|7:30am – 4pm||Conference Sponsor Exhibit Area
Don’t miss out on your chance to network at the largest gathering of museum professionals in New York State!
|8am – 3:30pm||Silent Auction
Don’t miss out on your chance to win unique and interesting items donated by attendees and other supporters. All proceeds benefit MANY and help us continue to provide a myriad of services to our constituents.
|7:45am – 9:30am||
Awards of Merit Breakfast
Sponsored by Welliver
Join us in honoring the excellent work of individuals and organizations in the field as we hand out the Awards of Merit and Certificates of Commendation. Come hear from MANY's Board of Directors, take part in the Business Meeting and enjoy a light breakfast.
|9:30am – 9:45am||Break
Take this time to visit our sponsor exhibit booths and the MANY Silent Auction
|9:45am – 11am||
Partnering to Promote, Partnering to Preserve
Small museums often benefit by bringing in groups with skills that are not available in house. Working together, museums and their partners can have a major impact on their communities. Session Leaders: Brian Howard, Executive Director, Oneida County Historical Society; Christine O'Neil, Executive Director, Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum; Mercedes Niess, Executive Director, H. Lee White Maritime Museum at Oswego
Exhibit Sustainability: Energy Efficient Options for Museum
Perfect Partnerships: Museums and Tourism
Museums are a vital part of tourism in New York State. By plugging into tourism marketing opportunities presented by state and local tourism entities, museums and cultural institutions across the state can increase and diversify their clientele, often at no out-of-pocket cost. This session will outline ways to partner with Empire State Development's Division of Tourism, the state's I LOVE NEW YORK and Path Through History campaigns, and local tourism promotion agencies (TPAs) to bolster awareness of and interest in your museum and its offferings. The discussion will include ways to be included in public relations, digital platforms, printed collateral, social media and advertising campaigns, along with some sources of funding for tourism marketing. Session Leaders: Ross D. Levi, Vice President, Marketing Initiatives, Empire State Development / NYS Division of Tourism; Mark Castiglione, Acting Executive Director, Hudson River Valley Greenway and National Heritage Area; Greg Marshall, Senior Vice President / Director of Marketing, Visit Rochester; Elizabeth B. Jacks, Executive Director, Thomas Cole National Historic Site
Programming Coffee Talk - CT
Bring your questions and points of discussion to join your fellow Programming professionals in a conversation. This is a facilitated session that provides space and time for Educators, Event Planners, Visitor Services professionals and more to talk about what they do, bounce ideas around the room, and gain valuable feedback. Session Leaders: Gigi Alvare, Director of Education, The Rockwell Museum; Ilene Frank, Executive Director, Rensselaer County Historical Society; Brett Smith, Programs and Events Planner, The Rockwell Museum
|11am – 11:15am||Break
Visit our sponsors in the Exhibitor’s Hall and MANY's Silent Auction
|11:15am – 12:30pm||Making Your Mark in Our Digital World: Museums and Creative Social Media Use
|12:30pm – 2pm||
Keynote Luncheon with Gavin Landry, Executive Director, Tourism, Empire State Development
Sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities
|2pm – 3:15pm||
A narrow focus on numbers can lead to forgettable meetings and sleepy audiences, while stories along often lack the credibility to convince key stakeholders. As cultural advocates and practitioners, how can we convey the vibrancy and human side of our work while also concretely describing what we contribute to our communities? In this session, discuss the importance of using data and stories together for casemaking and walk through a step by step technique for crafting a case with the Cultural Data Project, then practice these skills yourself in a hands-on activity. Session Leaders: Rachel Brown, Education Associate, Cultural Data Project
|3:15pm – 3:45pm||
Coffee/Snack Break sponsored by On-Cell-TourSphere
Resume Review Center
|3:30pm||Silent Auction Bidding ends|
|3:45pm – 5pm||Visitor Satisfaction: What Museums Can Learn from the Hospitality Industry
|5pm – 6:30pm||
Sponsored by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation
More than a museum displaying exquisite pieces, The Rockwell is a unique community center where people enjoy, connect, and reflect on the essence of the American spirit, character and values through the eyes of American artists. Learn more about The Rockwell Museum here.
Welcome first time attendees and catch up with old friends over drinks and light hors d’oeuvres. Join your colleagues from across the state for an evening of information networking.
|Keep MANY Working for You! Fundraiser Dinner at The Cellar
Pre-Registration is required, cost for dinner is $49 - FULL
Continue the evening at one of Market Street's fine dining establishments. The Cellar offers modern fusion cuisine made in-house, from scratch, with a focus on locally sourced ingredients. Join the MANY Board and share your latest news, muse over the day’s presentations & catch-up with your colleagues. All proceeds go to support the Museum Association of New York.
Drinking About Museums, Emerging Museum Professional (EMP) Nite Cap at the Steuben Bar, The Radisson
No pre-registration required. Cash bar.
We're celebrating EMPs! Are you new to the field? New to the conference? Preparing to graduate and join the working class? This is an opportunity for new and experienced museum professionals to convene, share stories and network. And it's not JUST for EMPs! If you are an experienced professional and think you have something to contribute to the newbies of the field, please join in the fun! Perhaps you're looking to fill a position at your institution and want to scope out the prospects. Or maybe you just need that nite cap after a long day of sessions. Whatever the reason, we hope to see you there!
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|7:45am – 8:45am||Breakfast with the Funders sponsored by the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
Enjoy light breakfast and refreshments and learn about the funding opportunities available to New York State’s cultural organizations and make connections with the agencies that are eager to support your organization.
Student Poster Sessions
Hear from the museum field’s emerging leaders! Students will briefly introduce their projects. Take the time to learn more and check out the latest research and developments. Be sure to visit the tables and ask questions. Engage with and inspire our younger members! If you are a student interested in submitting a Poster Session Proposal, information can be found here.
Resume Review Center
|9am – 10:30am||Museum Leadership for the 21st Century: Skills, Attributes and Personal Journeys - MH
With our rich collections and contextual exhibitions, museums provide a natural partnership with social studies teaching and learning. Participants will gain valuable insight to the new Social Studies Resource Toolkit being developed for teachers in New York State. Roberson Museum and Science Center will share its experience in working on the new Social Studies Framework and developing curriculum units in line with the Toolkit. Time will be spent looking at how to formulate a strong compelling question, which is the cornerstone of the new Toolkit approach to social studies. Participants will also learn about a library of online resources being offered by NYSED and the Office of Cultural Education that provide information on how other cultural educators are schools are taking uncommon approaches to the Common Core and social studies education. Session Leaders: Danielle Furey Britton, Director of Education and Visitor Services, Roberson Museum and Science Center; Liz Hood, Director, Office of Educational TV & Public Broadcasting, NYS Education Department; S.G. Grant, Professor of Social Studies Education, Binghamton University
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Independent Museum Professionals Coffee Talk - CT
Bring your questions and points of discussion to join your colleagues in a conversation. This is a facilitated session that provides space and time for those who work as Independent Museum Professionals to talk about what they do, bounce ideas around the room, and gain valuable feedback. Session Leader: Marianne Bez
10:45am – 11:45am
|Join us for the Closing Keynote address with American Alliance of Museums President & CEO, Ford Bell|
|12pm – 4pm||Head out and visit the area's rich cultural institutions|
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