Advocacy Alert: July 2

Museums are Essential, Show Your Legislators During "Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum" Week, August 9-16

The Alliance is excited to announce the third annual, field-wide, “Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum Week,” August 9-16, 2014.
 
“Legislators really don’t know all of the powerful ways museums are serving their communities unless we invite them in to see our programs at work,” said Alliance President Ford W. Bell.
 
“Whether it’s opening their doors to veterans and active military, or serving the needs of children in unique ways, museums are educational resources and community anchors,” Bell continued. “Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum Week is a perfect opportunity for legislators to see first-hand how museums bring value to their constituents.”
 
During the August recess, members of Congress will be looking for ways to connect with constituents like you. You can include additional local elected officials, too.

The Alliance provides all the tools you need. Follow these easy steps: 

  1. Find out who represents you in Congress.
  2. Send an invitation letter.
  3. Follow up with the local office until a meeting can be scheduled for the week of August 9, (or offer alternate dates if needed).
  4. Plan the visit! See the Alliance “How To” guide—including what to do before, during and after the visit.   
What will influence legislators as they tackle budget and policy choices this year? “According to recent research, constituent visits have more impact than any other influence group or strategy,” Bell said. “An ‘Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum’ event is a great way to build relationships with your legislators. I urge every museum to participate this year.”
 
Will you and your museum participate?
Please let us know if you will be getting involved and hosting visits by members of Congress, their staff or other elected officials so we can highlight your efforts. Last year, dozens of visits took place at museums around the country. E-mail us if you’ve set up a meeting, have sent invitations or if you have any questions about participating.

Please visit www.aam-us.org/advocacy to learn more about advocacy for museums.