NYSCA/CNY Arts Professional Development Grants
Apply for funding to attend GHHN's 2019 Programs!
The Museum Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), in partnership with CNY Arts, will award over $32,000 in Professional Development Grants to New York State-based museums, historic sites, and museum service organizations in 2019. With these grants NYSCA provides opportunities for museum professionals to attend conferences and workshops or to visit other museums and meet with colleagues across New York State. Eligible museums must generally be chartered by New York State. If your museum is not chartered, please contact Kristin Herron, Program Director at NYSCA prior to applying. Professional development grants may not be sought by staff of New York State historic sites, SUNY or CUNY museums, nor can the travel be related to other state agency work.

Museums may apply for up to $500 for a professional development opportunity for one or more staff, board, or volunteers. Out-of-state travel and meals cannot be supported with the award, but registration fees can be.

The opportunity opens on January 4, 2019, and applications will be submitted via Google Forms. (You do not need a Gmail account to access the form)
Access the application here: APPLICATION FORM

The application will close on January 18, 2019 at 5:00 pm. Applications will be reviewed for eligibility. All eligible requests will be considered for funding. If the amount requested by all eligible applicants exceeds the amount available, a random drawing will be held to select those that will receive support. Priority will be given to applicants who have not received Museum Program Professional Development Grants in the past two years.

Full details, a list of some examples of professional development opportunities, and FAQ are all available on NYSCA's website at

Questions about the Professional Development Grants? 

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Did you know you can use these Professional Development Grants to attend programs in GHHN's 2019 lineup? Applicants  may request funding to attend any or all GHHN programs in 1 ask, as long as it does not exceed the limit of $500. You will need to identify the specific programs and the amount per program. 
2019 GHHN Programmatic Offerings

GHHN Annual Conference
Date: September/October 2019
Location: Lower Hudson Valley
Fee: GHHN Members: $65.00 ($75.00 After 8/26)
Non Members: $75.00 ($85.00 After 8/26)

Join us in Fall 2019 for the GHHN Annual Conference to share and discover strategies to interpret historic sites and collections. The 2019 Annual Conference will once again feature our 'Follow the Speaker' model with sessions featuring your peers, office hours with grant funding organizations, Awards for Excellence ceremony and poster session, lite breakfast, networking luncheon, full-day exhibit hall, and more!
NYSCA/GHHN Creativity Incubator - 2 sessions in 2019
In these days of changing demographics, shrinking attendance, tightened budgets, increased competition, and exponential growth of technology & social media, institutions need to keep their exhibitions fresh, their work relevant, and take bold steps to keep up with the times.To address this statewide need, NYSCA and GHHN have created the Creativity Incubator, a pilot partnership program, now in its third year. To see what we've been up to so far, click here!

The NYSCA/GHHN Creativity Incubator workshop series invites staff in museums to test out experimental interpretive approaches. We invite you to join  the our museum maverick, and the staffs of both GHHN and the New York State Council on the Arts' Museum Program for a workshop unlike any other.   What immersive and thought-provoking experiences can we uncover together? We'll explore our host museum and its collections, and get creative - with techniques you can take back and try at your own museum! This full-day workshop includes lite breakfast, luncheon, afternoon coffee break, and reference materials.

NYSCA/GHHN Creativity Incubator: Northern NY Session
Date: June 2019
Location: Northern NY, Location TBA
Fee: $25
Museum Maverick: Rainey Tisdale

NYSCA/GHHN Creativity Incubator: Metro NYC Session
Date: November 2019
Location: Metro NYC, Location TBA
Fee: $25
Museum Maverick: Andrea Jones

The NYSCA/GHHN Creativity Incubator is made possible with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.  
Harnessing the Power of Story: Workshop/Webinar Series
Full-day workshops include lite breakfast, luncheon, afternoon coffee break, and reference materials. Webinars are 2 hours and include post-webinar access to a recording of the webinar and resource materials. 

Psst...Sign up for all three workshops and enjoy a 12.5% discount!
$120/pp for all three workshops - GHHN Members
$145/pp for all three workshops - NonMembers

Series 1:
Interpreters as Storytellers: 
Shaping the Narrative, Sharing the Story
Tom Lee, Consultant Educator and Storyteller 

Workshop Date: April 2, 2019
Location: Boscobel House and Gardens
Individual Workshop Fee: GHHN Members: $45 NonMembers: $55
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Every compelling story, from the simplest to the most complex, can be distilled down to a few basic and common components. Participants will gain insights into identifying the structure or "bones" of any story and how they can enrich their tour programs by applying this view of story structure to a range of stories embedded in their tours. Biographical sketches, the chronology of the construction of a house, the political and economic forces in play at any period of history, as well as popular stories and folktales can be shaped into compelling, engaging stories. 

Unable to join us at the workshop? A webinar on this topic will be offered in September 2019. Webinar Fee: $15/GHHN Members; $20/NonMembers

Series 2:
Connecting Collections and Audience: The Theater-Artists' Approach to Telling the Story of the Objects in the Collection
Sean McNall,  Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival 

Workshop Date: June 25, 2019
Location: Boscobel House and Gardens
Individual Workshop Fee: GHHN Members: $45 NonMembers: $55
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

The history field often overlooks the art of theater when developing historic interpretation. The skills taught in theater provides effective forms of thinking for historic interpretation and audience engagement. In this workshop, fun and challenging-theater based activities will be explored through voice and movement exercises, acting techniques, improvisation, and facilitated reflection to invite participants into the process of telling stories about the objects in the museum. 

Unable to join us at the workshop? A webinar on this topic will be offered in November 2019. Webinar Fee: $15/GHHN Members; $20/NonMembers


Series 3: 
Make History Live!
Kandie Carle, Artistic Director East Haddam Stage Company and Living History Performance Artist

Workshop Date: July 23, 2019
Location: Boscobel House and Gardens
Individual Workshop Fee:: GHHN Members: $45 NonMembers: $55
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Living history interpretation is an educational medium where staff use performance to create a world, tell a story, stimulate learning, engage the senses and teach lessons through interpretation, clothing styles, pastimes, handicrafts, and reenactments. Visitors are transported to another time and place in their imaginations where they experience the past. 'Fleshing out' history, whether it be in a museum setting, or in a house, indoor or out, this workshop will take participants through active ways to create, launch, and maintain a living history interpretation. Whether it be first-person or third, whether you are the interpreter, or the training partner for staff, this comprehensive and interactive workshop will help participants feel comfortable with making history live. 

Unable to join us at the workshop? A webinar on this topic will be offered in December 2019. Webinar Fee: $15/GHHN Members; $20/NonMembers


The Harnessing the Power of Story Workshop/Webinar Series is made possible by funding from the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.
Historic Housekeeping: Preservation and Management of Historic Interiors
Full-day workshops include lite breakfast, luncheon, afternoon coffee break, and reference materials. We are offering the same workshop in two locations. 

Session 1: April 2019
Nassau County, Location TBA
Workshop Fee: $25
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Session 2: May 2019
Suffolk County, Location TBA
Workshop Fee: $25
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Guided by GHHN's collection care professionals, participants will  learn the proper hands-on methodology of collections care by  working directly with collections at two locations on Long Island . Through our train-the-trainer focus, this full-day workshop  will equip attendees with the knowledge and skill sets necessary  for cleaning, handling, and storing collections along with the tools  to teach their volunteer base these critical skills.

The Historic Housekeeping: Preservation and Management of Historic Interiors is made possible by funding from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation. 





SEE YOU AT OUR 2019 PROGRAMS!