2015 Awards of Merit

Museum Association of New York (MANY) recently announced the winners of its 2015 Awards of Merit. These awards are presented annually by MANY to recognize outstanding work in the museum community; reward staff and volunteers; and provide encouragement for development of new and innovative projects. A total of 15 projects, ranging from exhibitions to educational programs, received recognition.  Ten of these received an Award of Merit, the highest honor, given to institutions or individuals whose projects represent outstanding contributions to the field and overall innovation and excellence. The remaining five projects received a Certificate of Commendation for excellence within the context of available means and regional standards.

Museum Association of New York is a non-profit organization, which provides resources, training and expertise to New York’s heritage organizations, and museums, thereby strengthening their capacity to better serve their communities and meet their institutional missions. The Award of Merit program acknowledges outstanding programs and individuals who have made the state’s museum community richer and more relevant.

Nominations, reviewed by a panel of museum professionals, are considered on their own merit. This year’s Awards will be presented during the breakfast at the Museum Association of New York’s Annual Conference in Lake Placid on Monday, April 18th


The following projects and individuals received an Award of Merit:

Kristin Swain – Reinventing The Rockwell: 40 Years of Unwavering Dedication - The Anne Ackerson Innovation in Leadership Award
The Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY

Frankiln Vagnone & Deborah Ryan - Individual Achievement
Historic House Trust of New York City, New York, NY

Au-Some Evenings at Explore & More Children's Museum - Engaging Communities
Explore & More Children’s Museum, East Aurora, NY

Long Island Children's Museum - Engaging Communities
Long Island Children’s Museum, Garden City, NY

Shared Traditions: Visual Language and Literacy - Engaging Communities
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Museum of Art, Utica, NY

Lake Placid Olympic Staff - Individual Achievement
Lake Placid Olympic Museum, Lake Placid, NY

Untold Stories: Treasurers from the Seward Family Collection: A Collaborative Exhibtion with the Cayuga Museum of History & Art - Innovation in Collection Access
Seward House Museum, Auburn, NY & Cayuga Museum of History & Art, Auburn, NY

Quirks of Nature - Innovation in Interpretation
Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, NY

The Wild Walk - Innovation in Interpretation
The Wild Center, Tupper Lake, NY

Carol S. Ward - The Rising Star Award
Morris-Jumel Mansion, New York, NY


The following projects and individuals received Certificates of Commendation:

Animal History Films with ARCADE Afterschool Program - Engaging Communities
Chemung County Historical Society, Elmira, NY

Greece Historical Society Exhibit Our Town in World War II - Engaging Communities
Greece Historical Society, Rochester, NY

Our Museum - Our History, Historical Mini Series - Engaging Communities
Ontario County Historical Society, Canadaigua, NY 14424

Erika Panzarino - Individual Achievement
Somers Historical Society, Somers, NY

Renee Wasser - Staten Island Children's Museum's "Rising Star" - Rising Star Award
Staten Island Children’s Museum, Staten Island, NY

Congratulations to all of the award recipients!

For more information on the Museum Association of New York Awards program, contact MANY at 518-273.3400 or info@manyonline.org.