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MANY members are invited to submit news and short articles from their museums or cultural institutions in New York State. News posts are welcomed at any time and are posted right away. All members are encouraged to share their stories and update the MANY community on any exciting developments occurring in their organizations. 

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  • January 08, 2020 9:05 AM | Anonymous

    The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is now accepting applications for $1,000 need-based scholarships to attend the Museum Association of New York’s 2020 annual conference.

    These grants are available to 501(c)(3) historical societies or cultural museums in New York State with annual budgets of $100,000 or less. Eligible organizations cannot have attended MANY in the past two years.

    To apply, visit: https://www.wgpfoundation.org/apply-for-grant/. The application deadline is Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020.

    Each organization may only receive one Professional Development Grant per year. The $1,000 grants are to be used for the following:

    • Membership in Museum Association of New York (MANY) if not already a member.
    • Registration and travel related expenses to attend the 2020 MANY conference if haven’t attended in the past two years.
    • Membership to join New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON) if not already a member.
    • Any remaining funds can be used toward one other professional development opportunity of your choice.

    Grantees must provide a final report about their professional development experiences by the end of the calendar year, 2020.

  • January 02, 2020 2:11 PM | MANY Staff (Administrator)

    The Erie Canalway will be calling for Heritage Award of Excellence nominations from municipalities, community groups, private entities, and non-profit organizations in January 2020. This prestigious award recognizes and celebrates significant places that make the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor a more vibrant place to live, work, and play. Please consider nominating your own great place and sharing this within your networks. The hard work, creativity, and dedication that goes into creating these places have a tremendous impact on the Canalway Corridor and deserve to be celebrated.

    You can learn more about the program here: eriecanalway.org/get-involved/awards

    If you have any questions, please contact Erie Canalway program manager, Miyoko Fulleringer, 518-237-7000 #202, miyoko_fulleringer@partner.nps.gov.

  • December 15, 2019 11:30 AM | Gary Urbanowicz

    On Sunday, December 15 at 11:30 a.m. sharp, in the best tradition of the fire service, an FDNY ladder truck will bravely rescue Santa from his perilous perch on top of the New York City Fire Museum. Once safely inside, Santa will take gift requests and pose for photos. Christmas carols will be performed live by John Clacher’s Fire House Band on the 3rd floor. It is free to watch the rescue, and admission to sit with Santa inside the Museum is $10. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.nycfiremuseum.org, by phone 212-691-1303 or in person at the Fire Museum’s gift shop. Children of all ages are invited to attend!

    The New York City Fire Museum, located in a 1904 firehouse at 278 Spring Street, is the official museum of the FDNY. Proceeds from the Annual Santa Rescue benefits their fire safety education program designed to teach children how to prevent fires within the home and how to stay safe and escape should one occur.

  • December 09, 2019 9:57 AM | MANY Staff (Administrator)

    Our friends at the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries have released their Call for Proposals for the AAMG 2020 Annual Conference to take place next June at the University of Kansas. This year's theme is Risk & Bravery: Action and Response in the Academic Museum. They invite you to submit through their online portal found at: https://www.aamg-us.org/wp/2020-annual-conference/call-for-proposals/

    Submission Deadline: January 6, 2020

  • December 04, 2019 8:51 AM | MANY Staff (Administrator)

  • December 04, 2019 8:49 AM | MANY Staff (Administrator)

    The New York State Archives is pleased to announce its Documentary Heritage Program (DHP) grants for 2020-2021. The new DHP Grant Guidelines and Application are now available on the NYS Archives website http://www.archives.nysed.gov/…/documentary-heritage-progra…

    Application deadline is Tuesday, January 14, 2020 for projects to be carried out from July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021.

    The Documentary Heritage Program is a statewide program established in 1988 by the New York Documentary Heritage Act (Education Law, Section 140) to provide financial support and guidance to not-for-profit organizations that hold, collect, and make available New York State's historical records.

    Documentary Heritage Program (DHP) grants are designed to build a more comprehensive and equitable documentation of New York State’s history and culture by supporting projects that identify, survey, collect, arrange, describe, and make available records that relate to groups and topics traditionally under-represented in the State’s historical record.

    For more information about DHP grants, please review the Applying for a Grant and FAQ pages.

    For assistance, contact us at:

    Email: DHS@nysed.gov or

    Phone: (518)474-6926

    Learn more about additional funding opportunities from the New York State Archives and the New York State Library, along with free support services for collecting institutions from Documentary Heritage & Preservation Services for New York (DHPSNY).

  • November 15, 2019 9:26 AM | MANY Staff (Administrator)

    Le Moyne College Arts Administration Program Announces the First Annual

    IMPACT AWARDS Celebrating Arts & Culture

    Le Moyne College's Impact Awards celebrate those who work behind the scenes to produce, present, curate and/or teach the arts. These awards focus on recognizing the leaders, managers, teachers and community leaders who help to ensure art makes it to the eyes and ears of the communities they serve.

    February 24, 2020 
    Reception 5:30 p.m. | Award Presentations: 6:30 p.m.
    W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts | Le Moyne College
    Tickets: $10 per person (purchase here)

    Learn more here

  • November 13, 2019 4:12 PM | Michael Perekrestov

    The Russian History Museum opened a new special exhibition. Revealing the Divine: Treasures of Russian Sacred Art presents over 160 liturgical and devotional objects created in the Russian Orthodox tradition.

    Intricately painted icons, richly embroidered vestments, glittering chalices, hand-illustrated books, ornamented Easter eggs – these objects and many more provide insight into the importance of sacred art in the religious life of Russia and the Russian diaspora.

    Visit our new exhibition at the Russian History Museum!

    On view through November 3, 2020.

  • November 05, 2019 2:37 PM | MANY Staff (Administrator)

    Applications for the American Alliance of Museums' Museum Assessment Program (MAP) in the areas of Education & Interpretation, Board Leadership, Organizational, Collections Stewardship, and Community & Audience Engagement are due December 1.

    The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced our new funding.

    What’s happening?

    • The existing Organizational, Collections Stewardship, and Community & Audience Engagement assessments are getting fresh updates
    • DEAI (diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion) components will be integrated into all assessments
    • Museums will have more time to complete the Self-Study Workbook and activities, which will be spread throughout the year long process
    • Museums will have more touch points with the Peer Reviewer throughout the process
    • New activities and tools will help move museums from increasing awareness to taking action and implementing change
    • Enhanced training and peer-to-peer engagement for the Peer Reviewers

    What’s not changing? The tried and true core structure of MAP—the self-assessment, site visit by a peer, and a recommendation-laden report—remains in place.

    Learn more: https://www.aam-us.org/programs/accreditation-excellence-programs/museum-assessment-program-map/

  • November 04, 2019 10:06 AM | Anonymous

    The William G. Pomeroy Foundation officially opened the next grant round of its New York State Historic Marker Grant Program today, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019.

    The marker program commemorates historic people, places, things or events in New York State within the time frame of 1740-1920. Grants cover the entire cost of a marker, pole and shipping.

    This grant round is available in the following counties: Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego and Schoharie (Region 7); Jefferson, Lewis and Oswego (Region 8); and Cayuga, Cortland, Madison and Onondaga (Region 9).

    The NYS Historic Marker Grant Program is open to local, state and federal government entities, nonprofit academic institutions and 501(c)(3) organizations in New York State. Often, municipal historians or local historical organizations (or related nonprofits) will apply for a marker on behalf of a property owner.

    Those interested in applying for a marker grant should submit an online Letter of Intent to verify primary sources by Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Primary source documentation is necessary to support the text on a marker. The final application deadline is Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. To apply for a grant or review application guidelines, visit the Foundation’s NYS marker program page. A complete grant schedule by region is also on the Foundation’s website.

    Additional marker grant programs include the Legends & Lore® Marker Grant Program, Historic Transportation Canals Marker Grant Program, National Register Signage Grant Program and National Women’s Suffrage Marker Program. The Foundation’s website also features an interactive, digital map that can be filtered across several categories to view current markers and plaques.

    About the Pomeroy Foundation

    The William G. Pomeroy Foundation® is a grant-making foundation based in Syracuse, N.Y. One of its initiatives is to help communities celebrate their history with fully funded roadside markers. Since 2006, the Foundation has funded nearly 1,000 roadside markers and plaques in multiple states. Grants cover the entire cost of a marker, pole and shipping. Visit: www.wgpfoundation.org

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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