This fall, the Museum Association of New York is presenting virtual programming to keep museum professionals connected to their colleagues and help grow their expertise.
Albany site-specific programming will highlight the city’s history and built environment with virtual tours at Ten Broeck Mansion, the Van Ostrande-Radliff House, the New York State Education Building, Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site, the NYS Museum, and the Erie Canal.
Programs with Humanities NY and Museum Hue will help participants grow digital communications expertise and learn about ways museums are working with their communities to address urgent needs exacerbated by the national health and economic crises.
All programs are free unless otherwise indicated with advance registration required.
Scheduled programs include:
Virtual Tour: Ten Broeck Mansion on Monday, October 19th at noon. The Ten Broeck Mansion in Albany was built in 1798 for Brigadier General Abraham Ten Broeck and his wife, Elizabeth Van Rensselaer. This tour will provide a glimpse into their life in Albany and will include an exploration of documents and objects related to the period.
Virtual Programming: Making Meaningful Connections on Friday, October 23rd at noon. In the second of three programs focused on digital communications Nicholas MacDonald and guests will look at current models for online programming, strategies for planning events, how to make the experience more engaging, and the necessity of partnerships for a successful event.
Virtual Tour: the Van Ostrande-Radliff House, on Monday, October 26th at noon. This tour of the oldest building in Albany, the Van Ostrande-Radliff House, built in 1728 will explore a unique piece of early American Colonial history. The Van Ostrande-Radliff House is the most tangible link to Albany’s Dutch past. Historic Albany Foundation is returning the structure to its original appearance and conserving later additions.
Essential Work in the Cultural Field: Housing Access, on Friday, October 30th at noon. Featuring Sarah Henry, Deputy Director & Chief Curator, Museum of the City of New York, Melanie Adams, Executive Director, Anacostia Community Museum, and Stephanie Johnson-Cummingham, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Museum Hue.
Virtual Behind the Scenes Tour: NYS Museum’s New Netherland Collections, on Monday, November 2nd at noon.
Essential Work in the Cultural Field: Food In/Security, on Friday, November 6th. Featuring Meredith Horsford, Executive Director, Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, Lara Litchfield-Kimber, Executive Director, Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, and Stephanie Johnson-Cummingham, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Museum Hue.
Virtual Tour: New York State Education Building Tour, on Monday, November 9th at noon. The New York State Education Building was completed in 1912 and was the first major governmental building constructed exclusively for educational purposes. It originally housed both the NYS Library and the NYS Museum. Designed by architect Henry Hornsbostel, it is an example of Beaux-Arts style architecture notable for its massive colonnade. Important interior features include the 94-foot-high rotunda, barrel-vaulted glass skylights, and the Guastavino tile vaulted ceilings. This tour is an opportunity to see inside one of the most magnificent buildings in Albany and will conclude with a short discussion about developing guided tours.
Discussion: Creating a Dutch Colonial Heritage Hudson Valley Tourism Experience with Russell Shorto, on Tuesday, November 10th at 1 pm. New York’s Dutch roots give the state’s history a unique grounding, and they offer historic sites an opportunity with great potential for tourism and economic development. Mr. Shorto and tourism industry partners will join in brainstorming ideas on how historic sites can create new tourism experiences centered around Dutch Colonial history.
Essential Work in the Cultural Field: Preserving Community Culture, on Friday, November 13th at noon. Featuring Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, President & Founder of the Creative Justice Initiative, Michelle Ramos, Executive Director, Alternate Roots, and Stephanie Johnson-Cummingham, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Museum Hue.
Virtual Tour and Discussion: Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site: Exploring Multiple Perspectives, on Monday, November 16th at noon. This tour of Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site will highlight unique approaches to help bring more voices to the history of the site. Tour will begin at the 1917 Visitor Center, where the installation tells the story of six individuals who lived at, worked at, or visited the Schuyler’s home in the 18th century. In the mansion, Heidi Hill will illuminate practices and programs that have helped pioneer a multiple perspectives narrative and discuss a new tour: Say Their Names: Rediscovering the Enslaved Men, Women and Children of Schuyler Mansion.
MANY Special Event: Albany Ale Tasting, on Thursday, November 19th at 6 pm. Enjoy a tasting from Fort Orange Brewing while Historian Craig Gravina and Discover Albany’s Maeve McEneny guide you through 400 years of brewing culture in Albany all from the comfort of your couch. Ticket price includes four 16oz craft beers shipped to you by Fort Orange Brewing. Admission is $45 for MANY members, and $55 for the general public.
Digital Communications: More Than Marketing, on Friday, November 20th at noon. In the final of three virtual Meetups, join Nicholas MacDonald, Communications Manager at Humanities New York, and guests who will look at the changing landscape of communication, best practices, and evaluation.
Virtual Tour: Erie Canal’s Locks and Infrastructure, on Monday, November 23rd at noon. Experience a guided tour with William Sweitzer, Director of Marketing for NYS Canal Corporation and Duncan Hay, Historian, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor of the New York State Canal System’s locks and infrastructure at the junction of the Erie and Champlain Canals and the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers in Waterford. Five locks and a series of guard gates help the Erie Canal bypass the Cohoes Falls on the Mohawk River. Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor’s historian, Duncan Hay, will provide a narrated tour of this National Historic Landmark system.
Essential Work in the Cultural Field: Mental Health, on Friday, December 4th at noon. Featuring Chloe Hayward LCAT, ATR-BC, Manager, Education Programs, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Vashti Dubois, Executive Director, Colored Girls Museum, and Stephanie Johnson-Cummingham, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Museum Hue.
Virtual Tour and Discussion: Innovations in Museum Practice: Behind the Scenes at the Tang Teaching Museum, on Monday, December 7th at noon. This tour and a discussion at The Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, a leading academic museum and well-regarded participant in national investigations of contemporary art, education, and cultural concerns, will feature highlights of the Museum’s 16,500-object collection and gain insights about the Tang’s innovative practices.
Essential Work in the Cultural Field: Public Spaces, on Friday, December 11th at noon. Featuring Jennifer Scott, Cultural Advisory Council, Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago, and Stephanie Johnson-Cummingham, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Museum Hue.
For information about MANY’s virtual programming can be found on their website, or by calling (518) 273-3400.