Save the date and plan to join us for our Annual Virginia Museum Advocacy Day on January 12, 2017.
Start the day at our annual legislative breakfast, experience the grandeur of recognition of the museum community in the Senate and House Chambers, enjoy lunch on your own at the State Capitol, and then chose between attending advocacy training or making easy visits to legislator offices.
Will you do your part to help make the case for museums?
Advocacy means actively supporting your museum, gallery, historic site, children’s museum, garden, nature or science center. Advocacy brings museum professionals to the table when decisions are being made about funding, regulations, taxes and other public policy issues–all of which affect our institutions every day. Local government, the General Assembly and Congress make decisions that affect our organizations. Let's make sure we're at the table with them!
Still unsure? Here are five reasons why advocating for museums in 2017 is more important than ever:
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is up for reauthorization.
There is a new administration coming to Washington, so now is an excellent time to introduce yourself and your museum to incoming legislators and their staff members. Remember, decisions made in Washington and in Richmond potentially affect the workings of your museum for years to come.
You could win a prize! That’s right. If you attend Virginia Museum Advocacy Day on January 12, 2017 or (and!) AAM’s Museums Advocacy Day on February 27–28, 2017, you will be entered into a raffle to win a 2017 AAM Annual Conference Registration!
It’s fun. Yes, that’s right. Gathering with your colleagues in the field and working toward a common goal is a great way to network and make new friends while making the case for your museum! Don’t go it alone–join our lively VAM contingent and get support and training while you advocate.
If you are a student in the Virginia Certificate in Museum Management program, you can receive one (1) External Relations credit toward your certificate for attending either Virginia Museum Advocacy Day in Richmond, or AAM’s Museums Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.
Join us to advocate in 2017! Remember, you have a right to advocate on behalf of the work you do and the causes you believe in. It’s how our democracy works, and our legislators and elected officials need this information to help them make difficult funding and policy decisions. Help make sure every Virginia congressional and legislative district is represented this year.
Get ready by exploring our advocacy resources online. For more information and directions to the Virginia State Capitol.