Programs around New York:

Connecting to Collections

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has created Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action, a multi-year, multi-faceted national initiative to raise public awareness and inspire action to spare us the painful loss of some of our most valued treasures.

In New York, The State Education Department’s Office of Cultural Education is leading the Partnership for New York’s Cultural Heritage, a Connecting to Collections project that has surveyed the preservation needs of more than 800 of New York’s museums, libraries and archives to learn the risks to their collections, their preservation challenges, and their need for education.

The project is a collaboration among the following partners:

The survey is expected to result in:

  • A preservation blueprint detailing the preservation needs and recommending actions of cultural repositories statewide, with timeframe, responsibilities, outcomes, and budget
  • Essential evidence to drive action, fundraising, and legislation, as well as stronger advocacy for preservation in New York
  • Lasting relationships across repository types, geographical regions, governments, and private organizations

For more information, please contact:
Barbara Lilley at or
Maria Holden at