Everything is on Fire: How to Advocate for the Arts with Your Elected Officials

Lightning Talk

Saturday, April 06, 2019: 9:30am - 11:00am - Grand Ballroom: Lightning Talks

Claire Blechman, Peabody Essex Museum, USA

#MuseumsAreNotNeutral and in 2019 we cannot pretend we are “above” what’s happening in Washington, in our statehouses, or on our streets. We have to actively advocate for our values, our budgets, and our people. This includes advocating with elected officials at all levels of government, to make sure they properly fund our arts agencies, and enact laws and policies that keep our nation a place where arts and artists can flourish.

This lightning talk will cover best practices from AAM’s Museum Advocacy Days on Capitol Hill, including: how to get your representative’s attention with a constituent meeting, how to formulate your “asks,” and how to maintain a good relationship with your elected official’s office after the meeting. With a few good tools, everyone can be an effective advocate!