Year 'round advocacy is the sum total of multiple activities by many individuals.
The museum board, volunteers, staff, and members advocate for their museum when they share the story of their museum within their community and encourage understanding and support of the museum's mission, or when the museum's newsletter and activities are shared with state or national legislators.
Advocacy occurs when museum supporters "Talk Tourism" as encouraged by the Travel Federation of Iowa (www.travelfederationofIowa.org) by compiling and sharing visitation statistics showing the importance of historical sites in attracting tourism revenues to the community.
The American Association of Museums annually sponsors Museum Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. Museum supporters may participate by traveling to the event or by contacting legislators via phone or e-mail.
Make it a point to advocate for your museum each month. 2012 Iowa Museum Week Flier