Advocacy Alert: July 1

Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum Week is
August 10-17

Demonstrate Why Your Museum is Essential During
"Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum" Week, August 10-17

WHAT: Invite Your Legislators to Visit Your Museum
WHY:
Help legislators better understand what museums do
WHEN:
August 10-17, 2013       

“During the August recess, members of Congress will be looking for ways to connect with constituents,” said Alliance President Ford W. Bell. “This is a perfect opportunity to invite them to visit the museums in their communities and give them a chance to see first-hand how museums are serving as educational resources and community anchors. Museums must demonstrate that they are worthy of a federal investment, especially as scrutiny of all federal funding continues.” 

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 10, (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 Congress most as they make tough 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 Congress. I urge every museum to participate this year.”

Will you participate? Please let us know if you will be getting involved and hosting visits by members of Congress or their staff so we can highlight your efforts. Last year, 30 events were held in August alone. Email us if you’ve set up a meeting, have sent invitations, or if you have any questions about this effort.

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