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. Join us as we listen, learn, and celebrate all these attributes at Maine Museums Day! If you're outside Maine, consider joining another New England Museums Week event.
Up Your Impact: Advocacy Tools for the Social Distance Era
Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 4:00-5:00PM
While the coronavirus has altered the methods of communication, expectations of availability, and even dress codes, the basics of advocacy remain the same. Relationship building, data collection and analysis, and effective storytelling are still key. Join NEMA's executive director, Dan Yaeger, and director of engagement, Meg Winikates, for a training session aimed at bringing your advocacy game to the next level, get familiar with new tools, and learn how to keep your stakeholders and your public officials engaged in your mission and issues in the era of social distancing.
We will also hear from guest speaker, McBrien, Maine's new state archivist!
To participate in this online event you will need access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection. We will be using Zoom to host the presentation as an online videoconference. Once you register, you will immediately be sent instructions for logging in via automatically sent email.
If you do not have access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection, you will still be able to call in on a telephone, but you will unfortunately not be able to see any of the participants or visuals.
Online registration is free and will be open through March 9. We encourage collecting institutions, their volunteers and staff, students, and supporters across the state to attend.
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