Many museums think that advocacy isn’t crucial. However, if you receive any funding from any level of government – or would like to receive funding from them – you need to let them know you are important. Over a quarter of many small museums’ funding comes from the government – especially from the local level (See Museum Financial Information 2009, Elizabeth E. Merritt and Philip M. Katz, Eds., The AAM Press, 2009). While it’s true that you may not receive funding, you will never receive funding if you don’t let your legislators know who you are and what you do. Do your elected officials:Museums have great show and tell. So – get out there, museums, and strut your stuff!
The Rules: What You Can’t Do
No electioneering! Do not single out candidates or officials.
Remain non-partisan at all times.
Simple (and often free) Ideas for Local Advocacy