SUPPORTING AND PROMOTING
MAINE'S COLLECTING INSTITUTIONS

Advocacy

What is Advocacy?


Advocacy is Important
Advocacy is active support for a cause –  your museum, archive, library, historical society, or historic property. Without advocacy, collecting institutions are not at the table when decisions are made about funding, about regulations, about public policy, about taxes. Cultural organizations are affected in many ways by local government, state government and Congress. 

Advocacy is Information
You have the right, and the duty, to talk to your elected officials about issues affecting your museum. They need to know the good work you do, and what you need to continue your good work. It is as straightforward as a conversation.

Advocacy is Not Lobbying
Educating legislators and regulators about issues affecting your museum is not prohibited by law and will not endanger your nonprofit status. You have a right to advocate on behalf of a cause you believe in. It’s the American way, and our legislators and elected officials need the information we provide to help them make difficult decisions. Find out more about advocacy vs. lobbying and learn about some of the rules for public charities

(adapted from the Virginia Association of Museums)

Upcoming advocacy events

    • 05 Feb 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Maine State Archives and Maine State House, Augusta, ME
    Register


    Contemplate – Educate – Understand -- Renew

    Learn about advocacy, meet your legislators, and help us celebrate and advocate for collecting institutions throughout Maine!  

    The event will begin with a training on best practices in advocating for your institution.  Attendees will have time to meet with their legislators before reconvening for a reception in the Hall of Flags.

    11AM-12PM Maine State Archives  Advocacy Training - discuss current issues and practice your advocacy story with representatives from the New England Museum Association.  Register here (no cost, space limited) if you'd like to attend.

    12PM-2PM Maine State House  Meet Your LegislatorsMake appointments to meet with your legislators to discuss the issues relevant to your organization.

    2PM-4PM Hall of Flags, Maine State House  ReceptionExhibit your organization (register here at no cost to members of MAM and NEMA to reserve table space) and/or meet with folks from other collecting institutions while enjoying refreshments and inspiring speakers.


    This event is free, including the 11AM training (space limited) and first-come-first-serve exhibitor table space.  You must be a MAM member or NEMA member to exhibit.  NEMA members, please email info@mainemuseums.org or call Dugan at 207-400-6965 to register for exhibitor table space.

    We encourage collecting institutions, their volunteers and staff, students, and supporters across the state to attend. 


    Register for the Advocacy Training, Reserve Exhibitor Space, or Sponsor

    Register on this page for the 

    • 11AM advocacy training (free to anyone, though space is limited)
    • Limited exhibitor table space  (MAM members must sign in first and NEMA members can contact Dugan at info@mainemuseums.org or 207-400-6965) 
    • Sponsorship opportunities


    Spread the Word

    Please use these materials to communicate about Maine Museums Day and about the impact of collecting institutions.


    Maine archives, historical societies, and museums are valuable economic engines in their communities, contributing millions of dollars to Maine’s economy, and enticing visitors to stay longer, spend more, and return in the future.  However, their value is more than dollars and cents, these collecting organizations create the unique feel of our communities, while preserving and sharing our most cherished history, art, and culture.  These Maine institutions, found in communities - large and small, rural and urban - provide opportunities for our citizens to understand where we have been and who we are as a society; they offer places where we can contemplate beauty and meaning in our lives, provide a sanctuary where we can refresh our spirits and reflect on our lives.  Archives, museums and historical societies can educate and inspire all ages, from the senior living in retirement, to the child just beginning school and learning about both our individual and common heritage.  Investment in the arts and humanities is essential to our well-being as Americans, and to the generations who will follow us.

    As valued partners in our communities and the state, our collecting institutions need protection. At risk are vital funds through state and national granting organizations, and support for important projects like the Maine bicentennial in 2020.  Join us as we listen, learn, and celebrate all these attributes at Maine Museums Day at the State House!


    Thank you to our event partner!



    Thank you to our Lead Sponsor!


    Thank you to our Gold Sponsor


    Thank you to our Silver Sponsors

    University of Maine Department of History

    Northeast Document Conservation Center

Past advocacy events

20 Mar 2017 Maine Museums Day

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P.O. Box 784, Portland, Maine 04104   207-400-6965       info@mainemuseums.org 

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