The Museum Association of New York (MANY) is pleased to provide this overview of trends and issues concerning the museum and heritage organization community in New York State. Our industry faces many operational and programmatic challenges: layoffs, program cutbacks, and funding losses plague many institutions in a sector known for leveraging every dollar it receives.

Seventeen thousand people work in New York’s museums, jobs that generate more than a billion dollars for the state’s economy annually. And museums are not just the province of Manhattan. Every county has at least one, underpinning the state’s tourism industry, and resulting in a robust 68 million visitors to the state annually.

This white paper is informed by the input of more than 100 MANY members and stakeholders who participated in regional briefings across the state in the fall of 2010, and 60 respondents to an online survey that was conducted in January-February 2011.

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