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Utah Museum Advocacy Day

Friday, March 8, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jayceen Craven Walker
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Utah Museum Advocacy Day at the Capitol was held on Thursday, February 28, 2013 in Salt Lake City. Not to be confused with National Museum Advocacy Day in Washington, DC.

Over 30 different museums from around the state attended and were able to meet with their Representatives and Senators.

This year there are 23 new Representatives in the House and four in the Senate. This provides lots of opportunity for museums to interact with and get to know their legislative leaders.

The museums that attended were recognized on the floor of the House and Senate by Representative Joel Briscoe and Senator Jim Dabakis.

Senator Dabakis is new and was not aware of the funding that museums receive through the Office of Museums grants program. I offered to work with him in the interim to see what we can do to increase the funding pool for museums.

It’s important to note that in 2011 nearly 7 million people attended Utah’s museums annually and generated more than $140 million in nonprofit arts, museums and arts related venues.* If you haven’t yet filled out the survey sent by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, please do so.

Many legislators wandered the exhibit tables in the Rotunda after the morning floor time and before the afternoon session.

I will be offering my Advocacy 101 in several areas of the state this spring so check the website for dates and locations.  Next up will be Moab, Logan and Cedar City in late March and April.

Don’t forget that this year’s conference will be in conjunction with the Western Museums Association (WMA) to be held in Salt Lake, October 9-12, 2013.

Next year’s Utah Museum Advocacy Day at the Capitol will be February 25, 2014.

*Data from the Creative Vitality Index commissioned by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums


Jayceen Craven Walker

UMA President

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