Advocacy Alert: May 9

Speak Up for Museums During #AAM2016

Don’t miss these advocacy opportunities during the #AAM2016 Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo in Washington, DC, May 26-29! (It’s not too late to register.)
  • In Conversation with Federal Cultural Agency Leaders (Friday, May 27, 2-3:15 p.m., Room 201)—Join AAM President and CEO Laura L. Lott in conversation with NEA Chairman Jane Chu, NEH Chairman William Adams and IMLS Director Kathryn Matthew. Learn their unique perspective on the national forces and trends impacting cultural institutions. What would you ask them?
     
  • Using Your Power: Social Media for Advocacy (Thursday, May 26, 2:45-3:15 p.m., Room 203)—Social media platforms are a powerful way to engage local leaders and your local community. Learn how AAM uses its platforms for advocacy, and take home new strategies to engage both public officials and new audiences.
     
  • Morning Coffee with Your U.S. Senator (various)—Did you know that many U.S. Senate offices welcome constituents to join them for coffee when they’re visiting Washington, DC? Here are a few of the ones we know about—and encourage you to attend—if you are from California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska/Nebraska (two options), New Hampshire/New Hampshire (two options), Nevada, Oregon, Ohio, Tennessee or Wisconsin. Or call your U.S. Senators’ offices to find out if they have similar opportunities to connect.
     
  • CEF Presidential Forum (Thursday, May 26, 10:15 a.m.-12 p.m., livestreamed in the MuseumExpo/AAM Resource Center)—AAM is a proud sponsor of the Committee for Education Funding (CEF) Presidential Forum, moderated by Candy Crowley, featuring representatives from the presidential candidates’ campaigns discussing their education priorities. Even if you can’t make it to Washington, DC, you can watch the livestream from home.
     
  • Visit the Federal Agency Pavilion (Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the MuseumExpo)—Meet program officers and grant specialists from more than a dozen governmental agencies.
     
  • Meet Your AAM Lobbyists (Saturday May 28, 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m., MuseumExpo/AAM Resource Center)—Want to know what’s going on in Congress affecting museums and how you can get involved? Stop by to Meet Your AAM Lobbyists and share what issues your organization is dealing with.
Not coming to Washington, DC? You can still learn the issues, find resources to bolster your advocacy skills or download the infographic (PDF).