2017 MANY Annual Conference Schedule
National Museum of Dance & The Gideon Putnam Hotel
April 2-4, 2017, Saratoga Springs, NY

The Museum Association of New York is pleased to present the schedule for the 2017 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 2016 survey. These sessions and workshops will focus on skill building for museum professionals and overall organizational capacity building. 

All sessions address the annual conference theme unless otherwise noted as follows, Must Haves - MH, Coffee Talks - CT


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Sunday, April 2 - National Museum of Dance

10:30am-4pm Conference Registration

Pre-Conference Tours  

11am – 2pm

Pre-Conference Workshops
All workshops will be held off-site.
Advance registration required for all pre-conference workshops. Workshops are $55 for members; $75 for non-members.
Please note that some workshops are free to those with Full Conference Registration.

Building the Diversified Museum: Creating a Shared Community in Front of and Behind the Object 
$55 Member / $75 Non-member
Bill Appleton, Management Consultant for the Arts, Inc.; Linda Sweet, Management Consultants for the Arts, Inc.; Tashi Chodron, Rubin Museum of Art
How do you diversify museums? From exhibitions to programming and staff development, this session will provide an opportunity to learn how to meet the changing expectations of future audiences.
Location: TBD

Cooperative History: Explorations in Facilitation Training
$55 Member / $75 Non-member
Brendan Murphy & Kat Lloyd, Lower East Side Tenement Museum
The Tenement Museum has created a dynamic, transferable, inward-facing facilitation training by guaging both staff needs and institutional goals. This session will explore how improved facilitation can strengthen visitor interactions and workplace culture.
Location: TBD

How to Give the Best Presentation EVER!
This is a FREE workshop with full conference registration
Dan Yaeger, New England Museum Association
Presentations and workshops are terrific ways to share your knowledge and advance your career. But they can also be stressful too. Join NEMA Executive Director Dan Yaeger for a whirlwind session on how to craft and deliver your best. Some of the topics he’ll cover: The promise & pitfalls of various session formats; The importance of preparation; Creating killer content; Special delivery: tips for grabbing and keeping their attention; Keys to facilitating a panel; A/V, handouts & other pesky details; Dealing with trick questions, finicky audiences & jittery stomachs; Getting the most mileage from your presentation.
Location: TBD

Continuing Teacher and Leader Education and Museum
This is a FREE workshop with full conference registration
Kathryn Weller & James Jenkins, New York State Museum
The new CTLE requirements pose both opportunities and challenges for museums. Join New York State Museum educators for a discussion about the program and techniques museums can use to meet the requirements.
Location: TBD


Humanities NY Office Hours

Interested in programs and funding opportunities offered by NYCH? Come learn about them 1 on 1 with a representative from the Council
Check out this link to make an appointment.




Student/Intern Reception 
Calling all students and interns! MANY is inviting you all to convene before the first day's sessions. This is an opportunity for you to all meet each other from various programs and backgrounds. Make connections! Snacks will be provided.

2:30pm – 4pm

Concurrent Sessions
All sessions will be at the National Museum of Dance

Removing the Ropes: Experiments in Exhibit Design and Presentation
James Parillo & Michael B. Levinson, Saratoga Springs History Museum; Constance Frisbee Houde, New York State Museum
Should visitors roam freely among artifacts?  Is visual stimulation better than text?  This panel will discuss radical changes in exhibit design philosophy that have helped one museum increase visitation by 25%.
Location: TBD

Strategic Planning for Small Museums - MH
Bruce Whitmarsh & Tom Wallace, Chemung County Historical Society; Andrew Marietta, New York Council of Nonprofits; Natalie Stetson & Steve Kelly, Erie Canal Museum
Learn how a good strategic plan can help your organization run better and hear from two museums that just completed new strategic plans on challenges and benefits.
Location: TBD

Social Media for Museums
Amanda Sterling, Corning Museum of Glass; Julia Kennedy, Museum Hack; Kelli Huggins, Chemung County Historical Society; Jennifer Tremblay, Adirondack Museum
Social media is becoming important for museums to utilize as a new way to reach visitors, but which platforms should museums use and how should they use them? Learn more about using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.
Location: TBD

The Dancing Athlete – Inspiring, Experimenting & Transforming the National Museum of Dance
Laura DiRado, Jessica Munson & Raul Martinez, National Museum of Dance & School of the Arts
The National Museum of Dance's The Dancing Athlete strives to inspire, experiment, & transform through its unique and cutting edge design, increased community programming endeavors and new museum audiences. 
Location: TBD

4pm – 5pm






Enjoy a champagne toast at the National Museum of Dance.



Opening Reception at the Saratoga Springs History Museum & Canfield Casino
Sponsored by Humanities New York
Check out the Saratoga Springs History Museum exhibits while networking with the largest gathering of museum professionals in New York State! Come see what all the excitement is about!  Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served in the historic Canfield Casino in the heart of Congress Park, downtown Saratoga Springs. 
Location: Saratoga Springs History Museum



Gilded Age Gathering Wine-Pairing Fundraising Dinner 
Limited to the first 100 registrants. Pre-Registration is required, $59 
You asked and we're delivering! Finger Lakes Wine Country will be making the trip to Saratoga Springs for another wine-pairing dinner! 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.
Location: Canfield Casino, Congress Park


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Monday, April 3 - The Gideon Putnam

7:45am – 5pm Conference Registration
7:45am – 5pm Conference Sponsor Exhibit Area
Don’t miss out on your chance to network at the largest gathering of museum professionals in New York State!

Interested in being a Museums in Action Exhibitor?

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.
8am – 9:30am

Awards of Merit Breakfast 
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

Concurrent Sessions

It Takes a Community: Building a Skilled Curatorial Volunteer Corps
Caroline Drabik & Lisa Anderson, Historic House Trust of New York City; Priscilla Brendler & Kerry Sclafani, Greater Hudson Heritage Network
Your institution will benefit from talent, interest, and dedication the community can provide. The benefits of are surprisingly many when you open your doors and collections rooms to qualified community members with basic training who have a passion for working with objects and archives. We will present how to engage, train and deploy volunteers for assistance with curatorial work and collections management tasks in historic houses. Attendees will be provided with a model for sourcing volunteers for training, holding basic training classes, and matching volunteers with projects.
Location: TBD

Re-interpreting the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site
Elizabeth Jacks, Heather Paroubek & Kate Menconeri, Thomas Cole National Historic Site; Lenora M. Henson, Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site
How can we encourage visitors to roam about, sit in period furniture, and touch things, while protecting irreplaceable objects? Join these sites to see how they are combining technology with historic interiors, and urging visitors to confront some of the same questions that the historic figures grappled with.
Location: TBD

Mascot Mania: How a Museum Mascot Can Transform Your Site
Kelli Huggins, Chemung County Historical Society; Samantha Hall-Saladino, Shaker Heritage Society; Jenna Peterson Riley, Schenectady County Historical Society; Joe Schuerch, Phelps Mansion Museum
Mammoths, sheep, griffins, cats, and more. Museums get weird and wild when they let museum mascots take over. Is your museum ready to get creative and feature a non-traditional institutional voice?
Location: TBD

Growing Museum Education Programs Through Conversations with Teachers
Amber Geary Spadea, Ruther and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College; Andrea Decker, Roberson Museum and Science Center; Andrew Marietta, New York Council of Nonprofits; Jean Klein, Binghamton City School District
Presenters will host a conversation about increasing school traffic through strategic use of research findings, business plans, best practices in effective marketing, and "speaking the language".
Location: TBD

Director's Coffee Talk - CT
Bring your questions and points of discussion to join your fellow Directors in a conversation. This is a facilitated session that provides space and time for Directors to talk about what they do, bounce ideas around the room, and gain valuable feedback.
Location: TBD

11am – 11:15am Break
Visit our sponsors in the Exhibitor’s Hall and MANY's Silent Auction
11:15am – 12:30pm Concurrent Sessions

Negotiation for Museum Professionals - MH
Nick Pozek, Asia Society
This workshop will introduce museum professionals to fundamental concepts, tools, and techniques for managing the most common types of negotiations. You’ll also learn special tactics for dealing with aggressive negotiators.
Location: TBD

Perfect Partnerships: Museums and Tourism – Round 3! - MH
Session Leaders: Ross D. Levi, Vice President, Marketing Initiatives, Empire State Development / NYS Division of Tourism
This follow up to one of the most popular sessions at past conferences will highlight how 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 can increase and diversify their clientele, often at no out-of-pocket cost. This session will provide new numbers and information, and outline ways to partner with Empire State Development's Division of Tourism & the state's I LOVE NEW YORK program to bolster awareness of and interest in your museum and its offerings. 
Location: TBD

Academic Museums as Learning Laboratories: Creating Co-Curricular Opportunities for Campus Audiences - MH
Kari O’Mara, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University; Anne Salluzzo, Yager Museum of Art & Culture, Hartwick College; Tom Yoshikami, Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College
This panel will discuss a range of academic museum programs, which help shape students’ professional and personal growth as well as including methods to utilize students to support community outreach.
Location: TBD

Swaying Schools: How to Transform Your Museum’s Educational Programming
Andrew Tompkins & Nancy Wightman, Finger Lakes Boating Museum; Megan Hahin, Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum; Christine Scales & Luke Murphy, Cooperstown Graduate Program
Educational programming has become difficult due to limited funding and new desires on behalf of schools. Learn how three organizations have transformed their educational programming, and engaged with their communities!
Location: TBD

Collections & Exhibit Design Coffee Talk - CT
Session Leaders: Andrew Saluti, Chief Curator for Programs & Exhibitions for Special Collections, Syracuse University Libraries; Tom Shannon, Director of Facilities, The Morgan Library & Museum; Peter Hyde, Peter Hyde Design
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 with objects, exhibits and more to talk about what they do, bounce ideas around the room, and gain valuable feedback.
Location: TBD

12:30pm – 2pm

Keynote Luncheon
Janne Gallen-Kallela Sirén, PhD, Peggy Pierce Elfvin Director, Albright-Knox Art Gallery

2pm – 3:15pm

Concurrent Sessions

Executive Director Confidential: What Hats Must You Wear in Challenging Times? - MH
Anne Ackerson, Leading by Design
This must-have session for executive directors will look at the changing role of the staff leader and contemplate what hats today's successful EDs must wear to work effectively with boards, employees, and volunteers.
Location: TBD

Archiving in Museums without Archivists - MH
Rachel Dworkin, Chemung County Historical Society; John Diefenderfer & Clare Flemming, New York State Archives; Anastasia Matijkiw, Documentary Heritage & Preservation Services for New York
You don’t have to be an archivist to manage your museum’s paper-based collections. Learn about tricks of the trade as well as available grant and training opportunities.
Location: TBD

Turning Your Collection into a Powerful Marketing Tool
Ken Meifert, National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum
Digital technologies allow museums, library and archives to reach audiences in new and exciting ways. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum launched a digital archive in the fall of 2016 after more than two years of planning and work behind the scenes. Now they are leveraging this digital archive to engage with fans around the world and turn their collection into a powerful marketing tool. The digital archive also allows the Museum to make primary source documents, vintage photographs and scrapbooks available to an ever-widening audience, broadening the institutions appeal and fulfilling its mission to preserve the history of our National Pastime.  This session will cover the path the Museum took to accomplish this ambitious project including the ongoing challenges as well as the successes.
Location: TBD

Content and Design Come Together
Karen de Seve, Creative Content Studio; Ian Kerrigan, National September 11 Memorial & Museum; Peter Hyde, Peter Hyde Design; James Silva, Juniper & Scribe
Exhibition labels should be more than just text on a panel. Learn the basics of transforming subject matter into compelling stories that entice visitors to interact with information. The most successful exhibitions are created through collaborations between content developers and designers. Experts in both camps share their perspectives on how to make that happen.
Location: TBD

Programming Coffee Talk - CT
Bring your questions and points of discussion to join your fellow colleagues in a conversation. This is a facilitated session that provides space and time for those who raise funds for or do programming, events or education at their institutions to talk about what they do, bounce ideas around the room, and gain valuable feedback.
Location: TBD

3:15pm – 3:45pm

Coffee/Snack Break 
Take this time to get a snack, enjoy a cup of coffee while visiting our sponsor exhibit booths and the Silent Auction.

Resume Review Center
What are the skills and experiences that potential employers are looking for? Bring your resume and review it with the leaders in the museum field at the Resume Review Center. Sign up for your appointment at the Conference Registration Table.

Humanities NY Office Hours
Interested in programs and funding opportunities offered by NYCH? Come learn about them 1 on 1 with a representative from the Council
Check out this link to make an appointment.

3:30pm Silent Auction Bidding ends
3:45pm – 5pm Concurrent Sessions

Visitors Insight’s Matter: How Front-end Evaluation Can Help Change the Face of Museums
Marina Guiomar & Sheri Levinsky-Raskin, Intrepid Air & Space Museum
The session features the experimental internal front-end research at the Intrepid Museum and how its findings inspired and transformed the way the museum is now conceptualizing and curating exhibitions and programs.
Location: TBD

AAM Advocacy Session - MH
Learn how museums can best advocate with their local, state and Congressional leaders.
Location: TBD

Making Tough Decisions: How to Organize a Museum Collection - MH
Michael Wasko & Alice Creviston, Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
Issues surrounding past museum practices, choosing whether to deaccession or not, and shared storage spaces.
Location: TBD

The Diverse Community and the Museum
April Oswald & Anna T. D’Ambrosio, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute; Dyeemah Simmons, Whitney Museum of American Art
The Diverse Community and the Museum: Programs aid refugees’ and immigrants’ assimilation, using art to build skills, learn about a new culture, and create a forum for expression leading to understanding, cultural exchange, and community dialogue.
Location: TBD

**NEW!!** Student Coffee Talk – CT
Bring your questions and points of discussion to join your fellow students and seasoned professionals in a conversation. This is a facilitated session that provides space and time for those who are new to the field to bounce ideas around the room, ask questions and gain valuable feedback from seasoned professionals. Seasoned professionals are welcome to join and share insights, stories and advice!
Location: TBD

5pm – 6:30pm

The Backstretch Networking Reception at the National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame
Place your bets in your racing best! Home to the oldest racetrack in the country, Saratoga Springs is the epitome of history and society in the world of horse racing. Celebrate in style with MANY at the National Racing Museum and Hall of Fame as they host us for cocktails and appetizers. Don your fanciest hat, Derby suit or racing silks! Meet you in the winner’s circle!
Location: National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame










Keep MANY Working for You! Fundraiser Dinner
Pre-Registration is required, cost for dinner is $49
Continue the evening at one of downtown Saratoga's dining establishments. 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.



Emerging Museum Professional (EMP) Nite Cap
No pre-registration required. Cash bar.
Non-alcoholic beverages also available.

This event is open to all ages! Join us for the conversation!
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! This event is open to all and it’s FREE!
Location: The Gideon Putnam


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Tuesday, April 4 - The Gideon Putnam

7:45am – 8:45am Breakfast with the Funders 
Sponsored by 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
What are the skills and experiences that potential employers are looking for? Bring your resume and review it with the leaders in the museum field at the Resume Review Center.  Sign up for your appointment at the Conference Registration Table.

9am – 10:30am

Concurrent Sessions

Bringing Native American History Out of the Darkness and Into the Light
G. Peter Jemison & Michael Galban, Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan; Jamie Jacobs, Rock Foundation
This session will focus on Native American Art, History and Culture we contend that in order to have a meaningful discussion and exhibit there must be an integration of historic and contemporary subject matter. Bring the collections out of storage and backrooms integrate the exhibits into the museum in a holistic manner.
Location: TBD

Engaging Target Audiences to Transform Institution-Wide Planning: The Sick and Injured of 9/11
Anthony Gardner & Alexandra Drakakis, 9/11 Memorial & Museum
9/11 Memorial Museum staff discuss their engagement with individuals sickened or injured by 9/11. This case study models strategies in the areas of community engagement, exhibition, collections, and institutional planning. 
Location: TBD

Seward House Museum – Virtual Identity and the Non-Traditional Museum Audience
Matthew MacVittie, Allie Hinman, Billye Chabot & Mitch Manniccia, Sward House Museum
In 2014 the Seward House Museum embarked on a multi-year strategic planning initiative. One of the top priorities to come out of that process was creating a new visual identity for the museum and planning programing to serve a non-traditional audience. This plan considered the transformation of education and envisioned the future of learning, formal and informal, and the central role museums can play in a new educational landscape. We know that the museum visitor now and in the future will not always be crossing our threshold and we are embracing that fact. While nothing can replace an actual visit, many, many more will and do visit us virtually--an important emerging audience.
Location: TBD

Development/Fundraising Coffee Talk – CT
Session leaders: Hillarie Logan-Dechene, Director of Philanthropy, The Wild Center; Ken Meifert, Vice-President for Sponsorship and Development, The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Bring your questions and points of discussion to join your fellow colleagues in a conversation. This is a facilitated session that provides space and time for those who raise funds for or do fundraising or development for their institutions to talk about what they do, bounce ideas around the room, and gain valuable feedback.
Location: TBD

10:45am – 11:45am

Join us for the Closing Keynote address 
12pm – 4pm Head out and visit the area's rich cultural institutions 

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