Coming Together

February 26, 2017

Dear Members, Colleagues, and Friends,

I am writing from Washington D.C. at the closing of MAAM’s ninth Building Museums Symposium. I leave with a deeper appreciation of the architectural process and the intricacies of selecting materials, surface treatments, and gallery lighting for museums. I was inspired by current practices and the ways in which planning teams consider interpretation and visitor amenities, as well as safe and efficient collections storage and contingencies for things for which we can not plan, including the forces of Mother Nature.

The phrase “it is wonderful to be in a place with people who speak my language” echoed through the halls.  When someone mentioned the importance of space that could accommodate galas, maker fairs, and performance art or the challenge of finding acoustic balance in spaces for school groups, heads nodded in unison around the room.

My favorite things about the annual MANY conference parallel this symposium: coming together with colleagues who speak my language; sharing experiences, and the conversations on coffee breaks, at meals, and at receptions with fabulous food and refreshments. We have an exceptional program lined up for this year’s conference. Please take advantage of our Early Bird Registration (closes March 3) and join us in Saratoga for great combination of fun and learning.  

Erika Sanger
Executive Director
Museum Association of New York