10 - 10:15 AM Welcome
10:15 - 11:30 AM
All the World's a Stage–Even Your House Museum!
Maeve McEneny, Education and Heritage Coordinator, Discover Albany
Dr. Krysta Dennis, Producer of Creative Arts at Sienna College, Board Member of Historic Cherry Hill & Ten Broeck Mansion
Janet Kimlicko, North East Theatre Ensemble
Mary Zawacki, Executive Director, Schenectady County Historical Society
Capital Region heritage sites have benefited from developing innovative programming in collaboration with local theater groups and visual artists. The result has been increased attendance and new audiences. But with the new Covid restrictions, our house museums have had to strictly limit visitor flexibility within their walls and visitation capacity. Can we still safely forge ahead with these forward-thinking partnerships? Yes we can! Mary Zawacki (Schenectady County Historical Society), Dr. Krysta Dennis (Producer of Creative Arts at Siena College/Cherry Hill Board Member), and Janet Kimlicko (North East Theatre Ensemble) will share the lessons learned when house museums and artists collaborate, how these relationships have enhanced the visitor experience, and how you can connect with local creatives in your area. Panel moderated by Maeve McEneny from Discover Albany.
11:30 AM - 12 PM MANY Update: Advocacy & Programs with Erika Sanger
12 - 1 PM Lunch and time to visit FDR Presidential Library & Museum
1 - 2:30 PM
In Harm's Way: Communities Respond to Extreme Weather
Ellen McHale, Executive Director, New York Folklore
Nancy Solomon, Executive Director, Long Island Traditions
Paul Orselli, President, Paul Orselli Workshop
Melinda McTaggart, Executive Director, Schoharie County Historical Society and Old Stone Fort Museum
Panelists will share how they found commonalities and differences in the ways communities responded to extreme weather events in a multi-year project that documented the impacts of severe weather in our state. This successful collaboration between two folklore organizations and two museums led to companion exhibitions in Schoharie and Suffolk Counties that attracted funding from Humanities NY, Documentary Heritage Program of NYS, National Endowment for the Arts, and private foundations.
The project included recorded interviews of personal experience stories related to flooding; a survey of archival records; and the creation of exhibitions that included narrative materials, photographs, contemporary art, and objects of material culture.
2:30 - 2:45 PM Break
2:45- 4 PM
Podcasting for Cultural Organizations: A Crash Course
Laura Free, Host, Amended
Reva Goldberg, Producer, Amended
Are you curious about engaging your audience through audio storytelling? Is your museum interested in podcasting, but you're not sure where to start? Join the creative team behind Amended--a six-part documentary series about the diversity and complexity of the quest for women’s full equality in the United States--to learn about the process of developing, launching, and distributing a podcast. Using Amended as an example, this session will walk participants through the creative and practical considerations that go into podcasting. Presenters include Dr. Laura Free, host and writer; Reva Goldberg, producer, editor, and co-writer, and Scarlett Rebman, project director, Humanities New York.