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2021 Virtual Programs

All live programs are free; advance registration required. MANY members will have access to program recordings following the live event.

Virtual Meet-Up

Where Are We Now?

Marissa Wigglesworth

President and CEO, Buffalo Museum of Science and Tifft Nature Preserve

Billye Chabot

Executive Director, Seward House Museum

Michael Galban

Curator, Seneca Art & Cultural Center at Ganondagan State Historic Site

Join MANY on Friday, January 22 at noon as we look at where our museums are now post-2020 and where we go from here.

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Virtual Meet-Up

How Are We Doing...Virtually?

Friday, February 19 at 12 PM

Billye Chabot

Executive Director, Seward House Museum

Novella Ford

Associate Director of Public Programs and Exhibitions, Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture

Michael Trumbower

School Programs Coordinator, The Wild Center

Carly Krichberger

Manager of Government and Foundation Relationships, Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Last March, museums across the state closed their physical doors in response to the pandemic and moved exhibitions, collections, and events online. Join us on Friday, February 19 at noon as four cultural institutions share their virtual/digital initiatives and audience engagement strategies.   

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Documenting the COVID-19 Pandemic

Thursday, February 25 at 3 PM

John Diefenderfer

Archivist, NYS Archives, Documentary Heritage Program

Christine Ridarsky

President, Association of Public Historians of New York State

Margi Hofer

Vice President and Museum Director, New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

Zakiya Collier

Digital Archivist, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Jennifer O’Neill

Head, Scheduling and State Agency Services,New York State Archives

Erika Sanger

Executive Director, Museum Association of New York

Join us on Thursday, February 25 at 3 PM as we discuss COVID-19 documentation projects across the state, the challenges and success associated with this work, and how collecting institutions can balance the need to document individual stories with institutional responses to the pandemic.

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Presentation of the REALM Project Research for Museums

Friday, March 12 at 12 PM

Kendra Morgan

Senior Program Manager, OCLC

Anna Munsun-Miller

REALM Toolkit Editor, Museums, OCLC

As libraries and museums around the country begin to resume operations and reopen to the public in light of COVID-19, the need for clear information to support the handling of core museum, library, and archival materials has become increasingly urgent. Join us on Friday, March 12 at noon for an overview of REALM project activities, a discussion about what is known and what is unknown about the virus, a review of the testing process and test results, and a look at the REALM ToolKit resources.

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Virtual Meet-Up

Friday, March 26 at 12 PM

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Closed captioning and/or ASL Interpretation will be available upon request.

Please contact MANY at info@nysmuseums.org at least 7 business days before live program.

Program recordings will be captioned.

The Museum Association of New York's Virtual Programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

The Museum Association of New York strengthens the capacity of New York State’s cultural community by supporting professional standards and organizational development. We provide advocacy, training, and networking opportunities so that museums and museum professionals may better serve their missions and communities.

Museum Association of New York is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. 

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