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  • Education In 2016, the Museum presented lessons to 16,496 students, both in the classroom and at the Museum’s two locations. New lessons were developed to compliment exhibits, and old favorites were updated to align with New York State education standards. Thanks to a $25,000 grant from Con Edison, the Museum presented STEM Days Out in collaboration with SI Makerspace. 7th grade classes took part in hands-on science, technology, engineering or math lessons at the Museum, including making light-up helicopters!

    7th and 8th graders from the School of Civil Leadership, IS 861 launching helicopters for Con Ed’s STEM Days Out!

    Annual Report 2016

    Staten Island Museum

    Infinite Compassion: Avalokiteshvara in Asian Art Photograph by Willie Chu Photography

    Expansion The Staten Island Museum continues to look toward the future, which happens to be next door – Building B on the grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center. We are working with the City of New York to renovate the former dormitory into our Natural Science and Biodiversity Center. To date, the City provided over half of the $13M needed to renovate Building B. Mayor Bill de Blasio contributed $3.7 million; City Council Member Debi Rose allocated the majority of the $2.215 million from the City Council; and Borough President James Oddo donated $1.066 million totaling almost $7 million.

    Membership and Visitors Each day, and especially with the opening of our new home at Snug Harbor, the Staten Island Museum has seen more and more visitors cross our thresholds. In 2016, the two sites had 54,064 visitors - 25% more than we had three years ago! Additionally, membership has grown: there were 1179 members in 2016, 753 of which joined the Museum through the ID NYC program.

    Lunar New Year Celebration, 2016.

    A Little Help From Our Friends The Staten Island Museum is grateful to the organizations and foundations that provide grants and sponsorships to help us achieve our mission. Thanks to support from Deutsche Bank, the Hearst Foundation, Verizon Foundation, Mid-Island Rotary Foundation, Staten Island Rotary Foundation, and Con Edison, we have been able to provide thousands of underserved students from Title-I schools free and reduced rate classes, develop new lessons, and offer STEM programming to middle school students. Additionally, organizations like TD Bank, Macy’s and Northfield Bank Foundation have provided essential support to grow our institution and increase our offerings.

    Partnerships We accomplish more when we work together. That’s why, this year the Staten Island Museum began a partnership with Level Solar, a green energy company bringing solar power to homes throughout Staten Island and New York City. Interested in switching? Mention the Staten Island Museum and Level Solar will donate $250 to us!

    Guided Tour of the Staten Islanld Museum’s Exhibit, Staten Island SEEN.

    Docents In October 2016, the Museum had its first docent led tour in the new Museum. These knowledgeable and passionate volunteers lead exhibition specific tours every Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Current docent Richard Benz was recently featured as a NY1 Staten Islander of the Week! Interested in becoming a docent? Contact Renee Bushelle at

    54 Volunteers

    554 Hours

    30 Projects

    Oh, Those Summer Nights ”The mix of educational programming and social events really meets a need for the community.” -- Summer Nights’ participant.

    Last summer, the Museum launched its “Educational Happy Hour” a series of hands- on programs for adults. Every Thursday evening in July and August, guests learned new skills, had unique sensory experiences, and explored what their local Museum can offer.

    164: The number of cucumbers that were pickled during the Museum’s inaugural “Quick Pickles” workshop!

  • Fundraising Special Events

    (Gross) 8%

    Individual Contributions


    Foundations & Corporations


    NYC Dept. Of Cultural Affairs



    $614,671 $1,352,937 $679,023

    $23,352 $85,580




    $361,299 $13,619



    $1,036,138 $1,909,147




    The Staten Island Museum is housed in City-owned facilities. It is supported in part by public funds from NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Mayor Bill de Blasio; NYC Council Staten Island Delegation and Council Members Debi Rose and Steven Matteo; and Staten Island Borough President James S. Oddo. Additional public funding is provided by NYC Department of Youth & Community Development; New York State Legislature and Senator Diane Savino and Assembly Members Michael Cusick and Matthew Titone; NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historical Preservation; New York State Council on the Arts; New York Council on the Humanities; and Institute for Museum and Library Services, National Endowment for the Arts, and National Endowment for the Humanities.

    We appreciate the support from individuals, our members and donors, and corporations and foundations: Achelis & Bodman Foundations, The Barker Welfare Foundation, The Bay and Paul Foundations, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Booth Ferris Foundation, Greater Hudson Heritage Network, Henry Luce Foundation, HSBC, The Laura B. Vogler Foundation, National Grid, New York Community Trust, GCT New York, Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and the organizations pictured above.

    Officers David Businelli (Board Chair) Daniel Jost (Vice Chair) Dolores Morris (Assistant Vice Chair) William Blanco (Treasurer) Gary Reichard (Secretary) Dina Marie Filippini (Governance Chair) Ralph Branca (Immediate Past Chair)

    Mindy Duitz, Interim President & CEO

    Trustees Dr. A. Christopher Bernadini Elizabeth Granatelli Michael Mantello Latoya Murphy Gloria J. O’Donnell Kashif Pervez Claire Regan Alan Tepper

    Advisory Board Dr. Dennis Bloomfield James R. Cohen Fran d’atria-Romano Frank Gibbons Nancy Meyers-Benbow Gina-Marie Reitano Donald Rubin Barnett Shepherd Leith ter Meulen

    Ex-Officio Bill de Blasio (Mayor) Melissa Mark-Viverito (City Council Speaker) Tom Finkelpearl (DCLA Commissioner) Carmen Fariña (Chancellor) Mitchell J. Silver (Parks Commissioner) James S. Oddo (Borough President)

    Staten Island Museum Board of Trustees


    (L) Most liked on Instagram: View of the Verrazano Bridge; (R) Most liked on Facebook: Saloon Deck, SI Ferry, 1901


    Cash and cash equivalents Investments Accounts & pledges receivable Inventory Prepaid expenses Property and equipment (net)



    Accounts payable and accrued expenses Deferred revenue Notes Payable



    Unrestricted Temporarily restricted Permanently restricted




    $232,776 $1,704,044

    $292,271 $25,765 $12,480




    $270223 $13,725



    $1,290,411 $1,512,792





    Fiscal Year 2016 Operating Income $2,262,772

    Fiscal Year 2016 Operating Expenses $2,438,847

    You Like Us, You Really Like Us! Did you know that the Staten Island Museum is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Connect with us on social media to stay up-to-date on Museum happenings, find out about special offers, and get glimpses into our collection.

    Board Contributions


    Federal & State Support


    Earned & Program Revenue


    In-Kind Contributions


    Program Expenses 72%

    Fundraising & Development


    Management & General


    Two New Exhibits In 2016, the Staten Island Museum opened two new exhibitions - one at each location. HOMEGAMES opened in St. George last April, and was a collaboration with the Staten Island Sports Hall of Fame. In Snug Harbor, Infinite Compassion: Avalokiteshvara in Asian Art opened in October in collaboration with the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art.

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    Opening of Infinite Compassion: Avalokiteshvara in Asian Art, October ,2016. Photo by Willie Chu.

    Founded in 1881, the Staten Island Museum, New York City’s only general interest museum, engages visitors with interdisciplinary exhibitions and educational programs that explore the dynamic connections between

    natural science, art and history based on its diverse collections.

  • Special Thanks to our Supporters Fiscal Year 2016 (7/1/15 - 6/30/16)

    $100,000 AND OVER Department of Cultural Affairs

    The Hearst Foundations Institute of Museum and Library Services

    Ingrid Michaelson Office of the Borough President

    $50,000 to $99,999

    $25,000 to $49,999 Con Edison

    Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation Elite Business Productions

    New York State Council on the Arts Salvatore Calcagno

    $10,000 to $24,999 BCB Community Bank (NJ)

    Carl Michaelson Lenore H. Miller Spectra Energy

    The Cristofer Puleo Charitable Fund Titan Outdoor LLC

    $5,000 to $9,999 Cheryl Adolph



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