The NYSCA/GHHN Creativity Incubator is coming to Western NY this spring! 

What is the NYSCA/GHHN Creativity Incubator?  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 2-year pilot partnership program. The NYSCA/GHHN Creativity Incubator workshop series invites staff in museums to test out experimental interpretive approaches. As part of this hands-on experience, the host site will have their collections or permanent installations re-imagined by creative thinkers in the field and session participants. 

We visited the Hudson Valley, Long Island and the Mohawk Valley in 2017. Nine sites participated in a social media contest to determine our 3 host sites - this competition led to an impressive 6,828 individual votes - mobilizing thousands of community members to vie for this program to land in their favorite museum. One workshop was held in each of the regions to a sold out crowd of museum professionals around the state! Click here to see photos from the workshops. 

Now we're heading to Western NY! The next NYSCA/GHHN Creativity Incubator workshop will be held on  Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at one of these 7 sites*!
  • Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, North Tonawanda 
  • Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, Jamestown
  • The Cobblestone Society & Museum, Albion
  • Geneva Historical Society, Geneva
  • Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, Buffalo
  • Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester
  • Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University, 
    St. Bonaventure

Remember - the location of the workshop will be determined by you - anyone can vote (once per device) - so help us spread the word! Tell your colleagues, family, and friends they can help to choose the winning site!

Voting and workshop registration will open on our website on Monday, March 19th! 

Psst...The last three workshops were sold out (with a waiting list!) - 
so make sure to secure your spot as soon as registration opens!

*Sites are listed in random order

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.