Annual Conference

Museums - Core to Communities

The Wild Center & Lake Placid, NY
April 17-19, 2016

Museums are important and relevant centers for convening communities to discuss current issues, providing education for all, and offering valuable connective resources. They are essential to their community and region. What defines a community anchor institution and how can museums fit this role? How can museums develop an identity of trust in order for this to occur? Museums are CORE: Connective; Original/Open; Reflective/Resourceful/Relevant; Essential



"Museum Must Haves"

In addition to the Annual Conference theme - Sessions and Workshops have been crafted in response to those requested in our 2014 post-conference survey. You spoke and we listened, we will present sessions and workshops that address "Museum Must Haves" such as:

  • Appealing to Changing Demographics in Programming and Exhibits
  • Community partnerships
  • Nuts  & Bolts of Deaccessioning
  • Development: Fundraising and Friendraising
  • Making Changes in Society
  • What Can Be Learned from the For Profits?
  • Digitization
  • Best Practices Across the Field: Emerging Professionals to Senior Staff
  • HR/Administration Issues
  • Earned Income Generation (gift shops, food services, rentals)
  • Designing Museum Spaces (reworking buildings or building new)
  • State Initiatives – REDCs, Common Core, Path Through History
  • Distance Learning 


The Annual Conference is presented in collaboration with New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Check out 2015's list of Conference Sponsors & Exhibitors!