The Power of Unity

January 6, 2017


In a New Year’s article, The New York Times editorial board wrote of the ways we can be inspired by the potential of the new year and the “power of unity, of drawing close, and of speaking out.” Those thoughts strongly echo the mission of the Museum Association and our programs for our members and New York’s museum community in 2017. Over 100 organizations and individuals joined or renewed their membership in the last two months of 2016, a show of strength and support that boosted exciting plans and goals for 2017.


Two important deadlines for today and the coming week:


Today is the deadline for a letter of inquiry to the The Coby Foundation requesting proposals from New York State institutions north of Westchester and Rockland counties for exhibitions of textiles or fashions by makers from Upstate New York. The Foundation is expecting to support up to three planning grants of up to $30,000 and three implementation grants of up to $50,000. Don't miss this exciting opportunity if you have textiles in your collections. 


The information about registration and hotel for MANY’s annual conference: MUSEUMS TRIFECTA: INSPIRE, EXPERIMENT, TRANSFORM

is available at this link:


Attending the conference is eligible for support from the New York State Council on the Arts Museum Program Professional Development Grants. Applications may be submitted to AS OF 11:00 AM on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.


We have received dozens of call about these grant applications. If you are interested in attending the conference with NYSCA support, all you need to provide regarding the program agenda is the link to the MANY website page above.

The program will offer awards of up to $750 per museum for relevant professional development on a first-come, first-served basis. NYSCA will be able to fund just over 40 requests, so get your application ready and hit “submit” at 11:00 AM next Tuesday.


Thank you again for all of the great year-end support and making me feel so welcome in my first months as Executive Director.


Erika Sanger

Executive Director