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Museums Advocacy Day

Museums Advocacy Day

Illustration of the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building and a megaphone, graphic reads Museums Advocacy Day 2023: February 27-28, 2023.

Museums Advocacy Day 2023 will be in-person in Washington, D.C., February 27–28, 2023!

Museums Advocacy Day is a unique opportunity to join with fellow museum professionals and supporters to speak up for museums.

Together as a field, we’ve defeated several threats to eliminate federal agencies supporting museums and helped secure billions of dollars in financial relief that enabled many museums to survive and saved thousands of museum jobs. As museums across the country work to recover and help their communities rebuild, we must keep making our case to Congress. Legislators do not know how their decisions affect museums if they don’t hear directly from you—the museums and people they represent. The skills, resources, information, and insights you’ll gain as a participant will help sustain your museum’s future and the future of the field, while building life-long skills you can use throughout your career.

Learn more below about Museums Advocacy Day 2023: 

Save the date for Museums Advocacy Day 2023, with more details soon to come! Sign up for updates, and stay tuned for more on this page.

About Museums Advocacy Day: For more than ten years, Museums Advocacy Day has been providing the essential training and support advocates need to meet effectively with members of Congress and their staff. Museums Advocacy Day is a unique opportunity to unite with museum colleagues and supporters from across the country as one voice to reaffirm our essential value, collective contributions, and aspirations while making the critical case for museums directly to Congress.


If you were registered for Museums Advocacy Day 2022, you can still access the Museums Advocacy Day Event Center, with the information previously emailed to you for that virtual event, through December 31, 2022.


What to expect at Museums Advocacy Day 2023:

Museums Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. includes multiple programming, networking, advocacy, and public policy elements across Sunday-Tuesday.

  • Sunday, February 26: Check-in, an optional What to Expect session, and the Advocate Welcome & Networking Reception will take place at the Washington Plaza Hotel.
  • Monday, February 27: All Museums Advocacy Day registrants participating in Tuesday Congressional meetings are expected to participate in Monday programming in order to be fully prepared for Tuesday Congressional Meetings. Programming—including Federal Agency overviews, timely Advocacy and Public Policy sessions, and time for state delegation coordination—will take place at the Washington Plaza Hotel. With feedback from attendees in recent years, Monday programming will be more abbreviated and attendees will continue to have access to pre-event information and webinars in the weeks and months leading up to Museums Advocacy Day. We heard from several of you that this innovation worked during last year’s virtual Museums Advocacy Day, and we’re excited to carry through this consideration when we return in-person.
  • Tuesday, February 28: Congressional meetings, scheduled by the Alliance, will be held in-person on Capitol Hill. Participating advocates will be grouped by state and Congressional district for Congressional meetings. Following Congressional meetings, gather with fellow advocates during the Tuesday Congressional Reception. Learn more in our FAQ below.

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Schedule at a Glance:

The Museums Advocacy Day 2023 schedule at a glance is subject to change. Sign up for updates to be alerted when the schedule is available.

Sunday, February 26 (Washington Plaza Hotel)

2-5 p.m. – Registration and Materials Pick Up

3-4 p.m. – What to Expect at Museums Advocacy Day (optional program)

5-6:30 p.m. – Advocate Welcome & Networking Reception

Monday, February 27 (Washington Plaza Hotel)

7:30–8:30 a.m. – Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:30–8:50 a.m. – Welcome and “Why We’re Here and What’s at Stake in 2023”

8:50–10:05 a.m. – Federal Agency Overviews

10:05–10:25 a.m. – Networking Break

10:25–11:25 a.m. – Advocacy Sessions

11:25–11:40 a.m. – Networking Break

11:40 a.m.–12 p.m. – Advocacy Session

12–1 p.m. – Networking Lunch

1–1:45 p.m. – Advocacy Session

1:45–2 p.m. – Networking Break

2–2:30 p.m. – Public Policy Briefings

2:30–2:45 p.m. – Networking Break

2:45–4 p.m. – Prepare and Practice Your Capitol Hill Visits

Tuesday, February 28 (Capitol Hill)

Tuesday AM – Breakfast on your own

8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. – Meetings on Capitol Hill. AAM will schedule Congressional meetings and participants will receive a personalized schedule prior to the event.

5–7 p.m. – Congressional Reception

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The FAQs will be updated as more information becomes available.

General:

Who should participate in Museums Advocacy Day?

All those working in and with the broad museum field are encouraged and welcomed to participate – including museum professionals, independent professionals, museum field vendors and partners, trustees, retirees, students, and individuals seeking employment in a museum, at all stages of their career. Whatever your current role, Museums Advocacy Day is a unique and powerful professional development opportunity.

For Attendees:

What can I expect leading up to Museums Advocacy Day 2022, and how can I prepare?

For all who registered: At any time, you can access our breadth of Advocacy and Advocate from Anywhere resources to learn about your legislators, deepen your own advocacy skills, and engage in year-round advocacy for museums.

In the weeks leading up to Museums Advocacy Day 2023, we will share additional information via email with registered attendees to prepare for Museums Advocacy Day 2023 by helping you learn about your legislators, the legislative process, issues affecting museums, and advocacy tips and best practices. Stay tuned for details. Important note: In order to receive our updates, please ensure you are subscribed to AAM emails by filling out this form (it will notify you if you are already subscribed), and, if you haven’t already done so, add communications [at] aam-us [dot] org to your Safe Senders list and contacts.

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Why participate in Museums Advocacy Day:

We must make the case for museums.

  • Lawmakers need to hear from you loud and clear the urgent and continued need for economic assistance for museums, and how you and your museum have been impacted by the pandemic and serving your community in unique and critical ways. Museums Advocacy Day harnesses our collective energy when we join together to make the case to legislators that museums are essential.

Constituents are the best advocates.

  • As a constituent, you are in the best position to create lasting change. Constituent visits and interactions have a greater influence on legislators than any other group or strategy. It’s up to each of us to make the case for museums to Congress and tell the story of why museums are essential in our communities. Your constituency is your advocacy super-power.

Museums Advocacy Day is inspiring, energizing and impactful.

  • Unite with museum colleagues and supporters from across the country as one voice by connecting with lawmakers to reaffirm our value, collective contributions, and aspirations. Get the information and insights you need to effectively speak up for museums. Join us for Museums Advocacy Day and be a part of our collective movement.

Museums Advocacy Day is a unique opportunity.

  • Network with peers from your region, hear from federal agency and nonprofit leaders and build your own professional and leadership skills. Learn advocacy strategies and techniques you can use on Capitol Hill, during virtual visits, with your city council and state legislators, with local and regional funders, and to advocate for yourself throughout your career.

Each year the robust Program is updated to educate and inspire both new and returning advocates.

  • Get timely, insider information from policy leaders and the tools and information you need to be a successful advocate for museums on Capitol Hill. Whether you are a new or seasoned advocate, you will get all the preparation you need to effectively make the case for museums – virtually, on Capitol Hill, and with your state and local elected officials.

Become an Organizational Supporter

Museums Advocacy Day would not be possible without broad, field-wide support. See the 2023 Supporters.

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You can make an individual donation to the cause today.

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There are many additional ways you can advocate for museums during Museums Advocacy Day and throughout the year:

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