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Advocacy Resource Roundup

Thursday, February 19, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kaia Landon
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But first, some things to keep in mind:

  • Museums Advocacy Day is a great day to network with your colleagues. You might or might not see your legislators, but there are other opportunities to get a lot out of the experience. (Also, legislators who hear they've missed you often try to get in contact with you later, or are perhaps better at returning your phone calls.)
  • Advocacy should be a year-round endeavor, with the "Day" being the culmination of your efforts.
  • Don't worry if you haven't been excelling at advocacy up til now. Use this as a fresh start, whether or not you're attending.

 

Past Utah Museums Advocacy Blog posts

 

Advocacy Capacity Tool

This tool allows you to benchmark your advocacy skills, identify specific gaps and opportunities in your advocacy strategies, and efficiently focus resources to get the best results.

 

UK Museums Advocacy Flowchart (pdf)

Things to consider, common pitfalls, and how to focus your advocacy efforts.

 

Center For Nonprofit Excellentce (scroll down to Resources)

 

The American Alliance for Museums has some great resources, many of which are accessible whether or not you're a member.

Speak Up for Museums is a wonderful resource with lots of ideas for advocacy (and you can get a pdf free with your AAM membership).

Advocate From Anywhere includes a host of ideas for how you can, well, advocate from anywhere. Examples include writing Op-eds (with samples), find your legislators, and invite them to meet locally. If you're like me you may have some anxiety about what you would say if you DID meet your legislator. This resource covers some ideas for that too.

Advocate Materials (from this year's national museum advocacy day) includes many useful links, including issue briefs, samples for economic or education impact statements, rules for engagement, and more.

 

 

Have you given some thought to what you will say to your legislators this year?

Some suggestions:
Thank you for your support of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, and Museum Project Grants! With grant money from the Division, at the ______ Museum we  . . . .

This year, we provided tours to ---- school children, providing them an opportunity to. . .

 

What resources have you found helpful?


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