Advocacy Day, Letters to Law Makers (10 points possible)
The American Association of Museums (AAM) sponsors a National Museums Advocacy day each year. In 2012, the AAM including museum supporters, staff, and volunteers will head to Washington D.C. to advocate for museums. The Utah Museums Association is holding a local event: Utah Museum Day at the Legislature on February 28, to coincide with the national event.
From the AAM:
What is Museums Advocacy Day?
- Museums Advocacy Day is your chance to stand side by side with fellow advocates from your state and congressional district.
- Museums Advocacy Day is your chance to get valuable information about how to effectively engage with your representatives and make the case for museums.
- Museums Advocacy Day is your chance to share a powerful message with your Members of Congress and their staff members on Capitol Hill about policy issues affecting the museum field, and the ways your museum impacts your community.
Read about some current hot topics in museum advocacy:
For this assignment you will write a letter to two legislators advocating for museums either in general, or in regards to a specific topic. Sample letters are given at the website address above, but I would like you to also personalize your letter in some way. You will not receive full credit for this assignment if you only use the letter template and do not add in sentences of personalization. In the spirit of free speech, if you do not believe that museums should be supported, your letters should state clearly why you do not believe museums should be supported. Please write to two Utah legislators who represent the city/area that you consider to be your permanent address. If you are from outside of Utah, you may still write to legislators who represent your permanent out of state address, or you may also write to those who represent your temporary address here in Logan.
To find out which elected officials represent you, go to this page:
Once you have found the names of two legislators you would like to contact, you will need to find their email address. You can usually find this info on their personal websites. Send the letters to the two legislators of your choice.
On Canvas, you must turn in copies of your two letters by 11:59pm on Monday, March 5th.
If you hear any response back from your letters via email, please forward this to my email: firstname.lastname@example.org You should usually get some type of response right away letting you know your email has been submitted. If I don’t receive this confirmation, you may not receive full credit for this assignment.
5 points per letter, including confirmation emails= 10 points.