It’s easy to have an election hangover and never want to look at anything remotely political for the foreseeable future – but museums came together this week to fight for the issues affecting them.
The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) recently hosted Museums Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. where museum advocates from all over the country visited their Congressional Representatives to speak up for museums.
Museum Advocates at home could follow the action on the Hill with AAMs’ hashtag, #museumsadvocacy2017.
We sent Dustin and Julia to report back with a very important message – tell your representatives that museums are f***ing awesome.
The first day, advocates heard speakers from the field, learned some best practices to talk with staffers and representatives, and shared info to the museum community following the hashtag at home.
Government officials make decisions based on health, head, & heart. Storytelling has the potential to turn no to a yes.#museumsadvocacy2017
— Brittany Wickham (@bee_wick) February 27, 2017
Build a relationship with STAFF and Legislative Assistants, they are the ones you need to know #museumsadvocacy2017
— Julia Kennedy (@msjskennedy) February 27, 2017
Using social media actually does get lawmakers’ attention – 80% will take note of posts with 30 comments or fewer #museumsadvocacy2017
— Olivia Brown (@_ombrown) February 27, 2017
“Non-profits MUST be loud and active advocates for their mission. If you’re not at the table you’re on the menu.” #museumsadvocacy2017
— Museum Hack (@MuseumHack) February 27, 2017
Basically in summary of the first day:
— Katie March (@katiemarch255) February 27, 2017
The second day, the nation-wide advocate team visited over 400 Congressional and Senate offices. Most met with staffers and legislative assistants, but a lucky few got to meet with their actual representative.
— Amanda Sterling (@amsterli) February 28, 2017
Kudos to Corning Museum of Glass bringing their own CMoji to take selfies with.
— Kristin Priscella (@PriscellaK) March 1, 2017
— Rahr-West Art Museum (@RahrWestArt) March 1, 2017
— Lisa Yun Lee (@Doclisayunlee) March 1, 2017
— d’Andre Willis (@d1willis) February 28, 2017
Even Julia and Dustin were excited to visit their representatives.
Overall, AAM helped to connect over 375 museum advocates with 420 Congressional and Senate offices to have meetings about issues facing the museum community. You can read more about how to contact your representatives, and download AAM’s advocacy tools on their website.
If you’re not sure what to say to your representative, check out our suggestion: