Elected legislators rely on their constituents to tell them what issues matter to them and how federally funded programs impact the communities they represent.
ACM monitors issues important to children's museums and updates members about how their organizations may be affected. Often, advocacy alerts include steps individuals may take to share their opinions with legislators.
Museums Advocacy Day, Feb. 27-28, 2017 in Washington, D.C.
Museums Advocacy Day is a critical and unique opportunity to make a unified case to Congress about the value of museums. ACM is a proud sponsor of Museums Advocacy Day, and we encourage all children's museums to participate. ACM members register free of charge using the code MAD2017_ACM.
The American Alliance of Museums provides policy briefings and schedules your meetings on Capitol Hill. In 2016, Museums Advocacy Day brought together more than 250 advocates in Washington, D.C. who visited 350 Congressional offices.
Learn more about why you should participate and read unexpected success stories.
Book your room in the Museums Advocacy Day block by January 31 to take advantage of the special discounted rate.
Year-Round Advocacy Actions
To be an effective advocate for your museum and for the children's museum field, you must develop relationships with your local, state, and federal legislators. Invest your organization's time and effort into these relationships year-round.
- Put your legislators on your organization’s mailing list.
- When your organization receives a grant, write a thank you note. For a federal grant, thank your state's members of Congress and the director of the agency that awarded the grant. For a state grant, thank your state legislators and governor. For a local grant, thank your mayor and local council members.
- If your museum is turned down for a grant due to lack of funds, write to the appropriate decision makers (federal or state legislators, the governor) to ask for increased support for that agency or program.
- Invite your legislators for a tour of your facility and educate them about what you do and how your community benefits.
- Invite your legislators to openings and community celebrations and ask them to make a short speech about the importance of the children's museum to your community. Take pictures of legislators at these events and share them on the museum's social media channels and with the local newspaper.
- Invite your legislators to speak with your board of directors about early childhood education.