Advocacy

By Lauren Valone
Museums are just beginning to put their programming, marketing, and outreach into place for the coming year. Strategic plans have been formed and are now into the implementation phase. Museums reach out to local constituents, schools, associations, other non-profits, and many other groups in order to create mutually beneficial plans. However, local, state, and federal governments...
What does politics have to do with museums? One way to frame this question is to ask how are local, state, and federal politics affecting your institution’s community? As a Western Museums Association (WMA) 2014 Annual Meeting session’s title suggests, All Politics Are Local. Spending cuts continuously loom over government budgets, many of which are targeted at museums. Museum professionals must...
The Western Museums Association (WMA) was a proud Leader Sponsor of the Sixth Annual Museums Advocacy Day – a two-day event February 24-25, 2014, in Washington, DC. While many working in the museum field know that museums play a key role in education, job creation, tourism, economic development and more, many elected officials are not fully aware. In February, WMA Executive Director Jason B....
By Lauren Valone
I first met Jayceen Craven Walker, President of the Utah Museums Association and a Government Relations and Advocacy Associate at Pathway Associates, at the Western Museums Association (WMA) 2013 Annual Meeting. We were both stuffing registration packets, and she really struck me with her vibrant personality and willingness to help out with all tasks. I am a novice to most things...
Every year state and federal budgets are threatened with spending cuts. We as museum professionals understand the significant support our institutions bring to surrounding communities, including key roles in education, job creation, tourism, economic development and much more. However, many elected officials are not fully aware of these benefits and it is time to let all constituents know.
The...

 
From: Jason B. Jones, Executive Director, Western Museums Association
WMA was a proud supporting Partner of the Fifth Annual Museums Advocacy Day – a two-day event February 25-26, 2013, in Washington, DC. While many working in the museum field know that museums play a key role in education, job creation, tourism, economic development and more, many elected officials are not fully aware. In...
By James G. Leventhal
One of the author's favorite records.


Many years ago Stephanie Weaver of Experienceology encouraged the Western Museums Association to start exploring the use of Ted-like talks to enliven the Annual Meeting and to provide better year-round content on the then recently launched blog site westmuse and other outlets. Well, Stephanie, your wait is over!...soon.
At the fall...
The WMA strives to strengthen museums in the Western region, and beyond, by offering museum professionals unique opportunities to connect and collaborate with each other. In that regard, WMA is a proud supporter of the Fifth Annual Museums Advocacy Day - a two-day event February 25-26, 2013, in Washington, DC. While many working in the museum field know that museums play a key role in education,...

AAM Announces “Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum” Week;
Set for August 11-18, Museums Need to Show Congress How Essential They AreWHAT: Museums invite Members of Congress to visit their museumsWHY: Show Congress what museums are and what they doWHEN: August 11-18, 2012
“In August, Members of Congress will be at home for nearly a month, looking for opportunities to connect with constituents,”...

 
TIME SENSITIVE ISSUE
Once again, in conjunction with Museums Advocacy Day, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is circulating a "Dear Colleague" letter urging the Senate Appropriations Committee to provide $50 million in FY13 for the Office of Museum Services (OMS) at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
The deadline for Senators to sign on to this letter is THURSDAY, MARCH...

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