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Museum Advocacy Day on the Hill

Tuesday, February 9, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sara Keil Roach
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Museum Advocacy Day on the Hill

 

By: Sara Keil Roach, Historic Preservation Manager, Wheeler Historic Farm & UMA Board Member

 

Museum Advocacy Day is coming February 23, 2016! This is a great time to get out and learn about what goes on in the Legislature and a chance to meet your Senator and Representative. Yes, it might sound elusive to go visit the Capitol, after all, it’s a big stretch for us to go from Wheeler Farm to the Hill. That being said, I’ve actually enjoyed my time at Museum Advocacy Day. I’m cruising in to my third year of attending and it feels more comfortable each time. My first year was probably the most thrilling, as I had no idea what to expect, what to bring, what to wear, where to go or who I would be meeting. That year, I met both our Senator and Representative who were both big fans of Wheeler Farm. I also got to spend time with my museum friends, new and old. I was surprised by how many school tour groups visited the museum exhibits and thought about how I might improve things for our table the next year. It’s a great opportunity to reach a broad audience. Last year, I also helped represent the Murray City Museum, which was quite educational, as their Representative was not familiar with them yet—which shows how important Museum Advocacy Day is for all of us!

 

In preparing for Museum Advocacy Day, here are my tips:

 

Who should attend: Museum staff, volunteers, board members, yes YOU! Need more convincing? AAM has some great arguments for advocacy: http://www.aam-us.org/advocacy/resources/advocacy-why-should-i-care-

 

What to take:

1.       Updated museum flyer that shows, on two pages, your programs, visitation and plans. Brush up on your elevator speech so you can speak easily and concisely about your organization. Here are a lot of Advocacy ideas from AAM: http://www.aam-us.org/docs/advocacy/75-minutes-baltimore.pdf?sfvrsn=2


2.       Gather up items you’d like on your table to help tell the story of your organization. I like to think about what is portable (especially if we get snow again!). This year, I thought for extra fun we’d attempt to bring our Flemish Giant Rabbit.

 

3.       Personal comfort: Water bottle, snacks or lunch, a rolling cart can be handy to bring your display in to the building if it’s going to be awkward.

 

 

 

 

What to wear: Dress for your museum, dress to be comfortable.

 

When: Tuesday, February 23, 7:30 – 2:30pm

 

Where: Utah State Capitol

 

How do I register? You can find an online form to register for Advocacy Day. It is free and only takes a few minutes. Today is the deadline especially if you want to bring animals, firearms, things like that. Go to the UMA’s website to find more details. http://www.utahmuseums.org/?page=EventsAdvocacyDay


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