The Alliance has put together these publicity tools to help make the most of your advocacy efforts. These tools can be used by those coming to Washington, D.C. for Museums Advocacy Day, as well as those advocating from home during Museums Advocacy Day.
Each of the items below can be customized to showcase your museum and the impact of museums in your community. If you use the publicity tools, please let us know and we can help coordinate with others in your region doing the same.
Also don't forget to highlight Museums Advocacy Day on your website, social media and in your museum's newsletter, blog or other communications.
2016 Publicity Tools Coming Soon!
If you have 5 minutes, try this:
Social media is an accessible and valuable way to participate in the nationwide effort to speak up for museums. Work with your organization’s social media manager to like and follow legislators who represent the museum and funders (local, federal and state agencies) that support museums. You can learn a lot about a person or organization’s priorities and interests by connecting with their social media.
Follow AAM’s Facebook and Twitter, and use #museumsadvocacy or #museumsadvocacy2016 in your posts.
- Share positive messages about your interactions with legislators and public figures, and tag them accurately in your posts.
- Share items on your own feeds, too. You may be surprised by the responses you get!
How have museums engaged in Museums Advocacy Day in the past?
Check out Storify from 2015, 2014 or 2013.
If you have 30 minutes, try this:
Designed to let your local media know you are coming to Washington, D.C. as a citizen-lobbyist to make the case for museums. You can e-mail this to your local media with a brief, personal introduction from you, conveying your availability for interviews or commentary before, during or after Museums Advocacy Day. You should send to the media at least two weeks beforehand and, as with all these items, follow-up via phone and/or email.
If you have an hour, try one of these:
This provides the media with some ideas how they might cover your advocacy efforts. This can be used alongside or as a follow up to the main press release (above). The media will often take your suggested story ideas and adapt them to better suit the editorial approach of the media outlet.
Read by influentials, op-eds give you the opportunity to be both persuasive and authoritative. These draft op-eds include placeholders for you to insert information and statistics relevant to your own museum, community or region. Ideally, it should be submitted to the editorial page/op-ed page editor at least two weeks before Museums Advocacy Day.
- General Op-Ed
- Education Op-Ed
- Economic Impact Op-Ed
Public Service Announcement (PSA)
You can pitch radio the option of recording a public service announcement with you, for them to air at their discretion before, during and after Museums Advocacy Day. Be prepared for editing on the part of the station; it is often necessary in order to fit the station’s format. PSAs often need to be reviewed by the station weeks in advance.
If you have two hours, try this:
Local radio (particularly your local public radio station, if you have one in your community) is a prime target for coverage of your advocacy efforts. Execution of some of the ideas contained in this pitch message will require time-sensitive commitments from you, as well as asking you to play reporter. You should get this to the news editor of your local station (if not public broadcasting, all-news stations are a possible target) at least two weeks in advance. If the station is interested, be prepared for some back-and-forth to work out the logistics.