Erie Canal, Fall Arts Forum, and the Regents Advisory Council

August 28, 2017

Dear Members, Friends and Colleagues,

This summer, my social media feeds have been jam-packed with posts about events celebrating New York’s Erie Canal, Suffrage, and WWI anniversary celebrations. As we prepare for fall, and our exciting schedule of eleven MANY Meet-Ups in nine weeks, I thought I’d share a couple of other places you might find MANY.

On Thursday, September 14 at 5:30 we’ll be at the special preview of phase one of the new Enterprising Waters exhibition at the NYS Museum before it opens to the public. Join exhibition curator, Brad Utter on a guided tour and celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal with refreshments and live music, click here to register.

MANY is pleased to join with partners from multi-media arts and performing arts centers for a Fall Arts Forum at The Egg in Albany on September 25 and 26. Panel discussions will explore the challenges and opportunities of managing and presenting the arts. Forum registration, three meals and overnight accommodations are only $175 for MANY members; other accommodations and meal packages are available. Click here for registration and program information.

On Friday, MANY submitted a public comment on the Amendment of Section 3.12 of the Rules of the Board of Regents relating to the Members of the Museum Council and the Library Council. We strongly support this amendment that will increase the number of members on the Museum Advisory Council from five to fifteen. As recognized by the Board of Regents, New York’s chartered museums are an integral part of New York State’s Education Department. This increase is an important step towards a broader representation by museum region, size, and type of collection. A greater number of voices from New York’s cultural community will help shape and inform the work of the State Education Department and move towards a more accurate reflection of the diversity of our state.

I look forward to sharing the slate of Council members when it is announced and to seeing as many of you as I can this fall.


Erika Sanger

Executive Director