You Made Museums: Core to Communities a Success!

Thank You for the Stellar Engagement, Innovation, and Information Exchange We Saw from the the Vibrant New York State Museum Community in Lake Placid This Year



This year, MANY's Annual Conference, Museums: Core to Communities (#MANY2016) attracted museum professionals from Long Island to Buffalo. Over 300 statewide attendees traveled to beautiful Lake Placid to discuss, collaborate, and learn about the issues at the forefront of the museum field in 2016. One common theme resonated as the linchpin for success stories: community engagement, which so often proves to be the defining characteristic of successful local advocacy, tourism promotion, relevance, visitor engagement, collaboration, and outreach. From the smallest organization to the largest, we heard stories and ideas for success in establishing museums as focal points for community engagement. John Haworth from the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian captivated visitors with a testimony of the importance of his institution's engagement with Native American communities at the Opening Keynote, and Don Wildman from the Travel Channel's

Mysteries at the Museum inspired waves of applause as he addressed the importance of museums and how they can better engage audiences through online media in his Closing Keynote. 


One of the most exciting things for me was to walk into sessions to find crucial conversations taking place. It is because of the great ideas that each organization brings to the table, the connections we make with other professionals, and the ideas for implementation that we all walk away with, that our Annual Conferences are able to provide value for the field. Thank you for your time and commitment to raising the bar of professionalism for the museum field. It was great to see both new faces and familiar faces this year. We hope that you're able to continue participating in the ongoing conversation between New York State Museums through our upcoming programming sponsored by the Office of Cultural Education: stay tuned for more information about our five regional Board Development Workshops and five regional Uncommon Approaches to Cultural Education Conferences which will take place across the state. If you're interested in becoming a member of MANY, or learning more about membership, click here. If you're a MANY member interested in submitting to ArtifactNY, click here


We look forward to seeing more of your posts and tweets about your conference experience at #MANY2016! We also appreciate your questions and feedback at and 518 273 3400



Devin Lander

Executive Director

Museum Association of New York