Learn more about this year's "Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum" event.
Inviting local, state, and federal elected officials and their staff members into your museum is a powerful way to show them the unique work museums do – from world-class exhibitions to working with local students and community members on critical life skills. As the world adjusts to new realities and ways of doing business caused by COVID-19, federal, state, and local legislators are eager to connect with the constituents and communities they represent across all available platforms.
Since 2012, #InviteCongress has been a national fieldwide effort to encourage and empower museums of all types and sizes to invite their federal, state and local legislators and stakeholders in to the museum to see what museums are and do first-hand while legislators are typically home during the month of August. While many museums remain closed and others enter varying stages of re-opening – and it remains to be seen when elected officials will be able to resume in-person events with constituents – AAM encourages museums to take advantage of virtual and telephone opportunities to connect with legislators. In the coming weeks Congress will continue to consider economic relief and recovery legislation, and resume the FY 2021 appropriations process as well. It will be critical that museum advocates continue to make the case for federal, state and local support for museums over the course of this summer.
There’s never been a more important time to engage with the elected officials and stakeholders that represent your museum. Our updated materials below – now including information on participating in and hosting virtual events and telephone meetings – make it easy for museums of all types and sizes to participate and connect with your elected officials this summer and throughout the year. Use the Alliance’s step-by-step “How To” Guide below to get started today, and don’t forget to use #InviteCongress on social media!
What's in the "How To" Guide?
All the steps and links you need to get your invitations out and prepare for your visits!
The Alliance "How To" Guide includes:
And check out #InviteCongress to see what advocacy in action looks like!