Advocacy


Hooray for June and National Pride Month!
We’ve rounded up some articles, lists and ideas about museums and the LGBTQIA+ community. Since this is not a comprehensive listing we invite you to send us your additions.
 
Museums and Archives
Pride: “10 Incredible Museums and Archives that are Preserving LGBT History” by Cassie Sheets
 
Online Museum Exhibitions
GLBT Historical Society Archives and...
Ember Farber is Director of Advocacy at the American Alliance of Museums, where she has been on staff since late 2003. Here Ember answers some of the questions about advocacy and Museums Advocacy Day she gets asked most often throughout the year.
Why is an advocacy day so important?
An advocacy day for any cause serves several important purposes.  First and foremost, on Capitol Hill, it puts your...

As you may know, President Trump's latest budget proposal calls for the elimination of multiple agencies that fuel arts and humanities programs including the Institute for Museum and Library Services. AAM's president Laura Lott has been clear that these cuts cannot be allowed to move forward and are not supported by the data. In fact, the 2017 report Museums as Economic Engines shows that...

By Hillary Rya, Western Museum Association
 
On Tuesday, January 16, museum director Tracy Calogheros was listening to the radio as she drove home from work, when suddenly she had to pull over because of what she was hearing from her car radio. The McDonald’s radio advertisement, which had been running since at least Monday, promoted the burger chain’s $5 menu as a better value than a visit to a...
By Lauren Valone
Museums are just beginning to put their programming, marketing, and outreach into place for the coming year. Strategic plans have been formed and are now into the implementation phase. Museums reach out to local constituents, schools, associations, other non-profits, and many other groups in order to create mutually beneficial plans. However, local, state, and federal governments...
What does politics have to do with museums? One way to frame this question is to ask how are local, state, and federal politics affecting your institution’s community? As a Western Museums Association (WMA) 2014 Annual Meeting session’s title suggests, All Politics Are Local. Spending cuts continuously loom over government budgets, many of which are targeted at museums. Museum professionals must...
The Western Museums Association (WMA) was a proud Leader Sponsor of the Sixth Annual Museums Advocacy Day – a two-day event February 24-25, 2014, in Washington, DC. While many working in the museum field know that museums play a key role in education, job creation, tourism, economic development and more, many elected officials are not fully aware. In February, WMA Executive Director Jason B....
By Lauren Valone
I first met Jayceen Craven Walker, President of the Utah Museums Association and a Government Relations and Advocacy Associate at Pathway Associates, at the Western Museums Association (WMA) 2013 Annual Meeting. We were both stuffing registration packets, and she really struck me with her vibrant personality and willingness to help out with all tasks. I am a novice to most things...
Every year state and federal budgets are threatened with spending cuts. We as museum professionals understand the significant support our institutions bring to surrounding communities, including key roles in education, job creation, tourism, economic development and much more. However, many elected officials are not fully aware of these benefits and it is time to let all constituents know.
The...

 
From: Jason B. Jones, Executive Director, Western Museums Association
WMA was a proud supporting Partner of the Fifth Annual Museums Advocacy Day – a two-day event February 25-26, 2013, in Washington, DC. While many working in the museum field know that museums play a key role in education, job creation, tourism, economic development and more, many elected officials are not fully aware. In...

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