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Advocacy Toolkit: Making the case for your museum

There are hundreds of museums across the province and the vast majority of them receive some form of investment from local governments. Building strong relationships and lasting partnerships with local government officials is the first step on this path for support. It can be hard work – but it is also very worthwhile.

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Explore best practices for building positive and lasting relationships with municipal governments and regional districts

Take Action

Be a voice for positive change! Write a letter, make a phone call and invite decision-makers to visit your museum. Go on! Share the good work that you are doing for your community!

  • Commit to email / call / or engage in social media with one representative every month.
  • Use this sample Template Letter to invite a government official to your museum or event (Word template).
  • Be sure to take a photo and share it through social media #BCMuseums.
  • For more tips see this joint letter, by the Canadian Museums Association and the BC Museums Association that provides tips and talking points for inviting MPs to visit.
  • Don’t know who to invite? See the Who’s Who section below.

Educate yourself about the benefits of museums using the resources above; then share your knowledge with elected officials to increase their awareness about the social, cultural and economic impacts of our sector.

Template: Create an educational and economic impact statement for your museum.

 

Build lasting relationships with politicians in your community.

This is one of the most effective ways to take action, both to benefit your own community and organization, and to contribute to wider efforts provincially and nationally to ensure decision-makers understand the many ways museums contribute to communities.

  1. Request a letter of support from your museum’s community partners and other individuals. Use this template to encourage your supporters to advocate on your museum’s behalf.
  2. Generally, support each other to the benefit of the sector as a whole. Here are 20 simple things you can do (note: although this blog post is geared to non-profits in general there are some great ideas that are applicable to our sector as well).
  3. Write your MLA about the importance of arts funding now! Use this template letter to advocate for increased BC Arts Council funding in the provincial budget.
  4. Be polite! If a cheque arrives in the mail, be sure to send a thank-you note.

 

Who’s Who

Wondering who to invite to your next exhibition opening? Who to brief on a new project you’re seeking support for? Who to write or call to advocate for increased investment and support for museums, culture and heritage? Here are links to directories of elected officials and staff and key decision-makers.

Municipal government

  • Visit CivicInfoBC for contacts and information on B.C. municipalities and regional districts.

Provincial government

Federal government

 

Templates and Resources:

Template Invite Letter to Government Official

Use this sample Template Letter  to invite a government official to your museum or event (Word template)

Invite an MP

A joint letter by the Canadian Museums Association and the BC Museums Association provides tips and talking points for inviting MPs to visit.

Economic and Educational Impact Template

Now more than ever, elected officials, policymakers and funders need to know how your museum impacts your community

Advocacy Support Letter Template

Use this template to encourage your supporters to advocate on your museum’s behalf

Summary of funding needs and recommendations for BC museums

BCMA was pleased to provide a summary of funding needs and recommendations for BC museums as the Province developed its 2018 budget. Feel free to adapt this letter and continue to help us advocate for these important issues.