Sunday, January 23, 2011

After Virginia Museum Advocacy Day - What You Can Do

If you were able to join us for Virginia Museum Advocacy Day, don’t forget to send a brief, handwritten note (on your museum’s letterhead or notecard) to the legislators you met thanking them for their time and support. If you are having trouble remembering those you spoke to (there was quite a crush at our legislative breakfast!) let me know and I can help you recall. Addresses are available for the House of Delegates online as well as for the Senate.

If you were not able to join us, but want to help our legislators realize how important museums are to the Commonwealth, send your House of Delegates and State Senate representatives a letter or email – or call them! To help you, we have a full array of informational handouts and talking points on our website you can use or even send to your legislators. Don’t know who your legislators are? Go to the General Assembly website and use Who’s My Legislator? to enter your address and find out.

Here's the scoop on our results of advocacy day:
  • 21 legislators, including Speaker of the House William Howell attended, as well as staff members representing a score of others.
  • Museum reps paid visits on members of the House Education and Appropriations committees, as well as members of the joint Tourism Caucus and the Senate Finance and Education committees.
  • The VAM contingent was introduced in the House chambers by Del. David Nutter (R) 7th District and in the Senate by Sen. Richard Saslaw (D) 35th District.

Virginia Museum Advocacy Day 2011

We hope you'll correspond with your Legislators during this General Assembly session, and we hope that you'll join us for future advocacy events!


Margo Carlock

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