Some 600 museum professionals (including a number of NCMC members), museum supporters, and citizens recently participated in the American Alliance of Museum's virtual 2021 Museums Advocacy Day to urge our country's Senators and Representatives to support museums and museum professionals through specific pieces of legislation -- something that is more important than ever as we all continue to work our way through the still on-going COVID-19 pandemic!
NCMC members met virtually with representatives from the offices of Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis and Representatives Alma Adams (who was actually able to join us herself via phone!), Deborah Ross, David Rouzer, G.K. Butterfield, Kathy Manning, Ted Budd, and Dan Bishop.
We're already looking forward to advocating for museums, both here in NC and across the country, again next year at AAM's MAD 2022!
From the North Carolina General Assembly website...
"All residents of North Carolina are currently represented in the United States Senate by both Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis. Representation in the NC House, the NC Senate, and the US House is determined by district. Each resident of the state has one representative in each of those legislative bodies, determined by the district in which their residence falls."
You can use the the FIND YOUR LEGISLATORS page on the NC General Assembly website to find your NC House, NC Senate, and US House representatives.
Go to the following NC General Assembly website link to FIND YOUR LEGISLATORS.
Let them know what is important to you!
This year Arts Day was virtual, visits with officials took place via Zoom. Past President, Peter Koch, and Art Section Chair, Alex Olivares, met with Representative Larry Strickland's staff KJ Stancil and Jack Denton from Johnston County. Melody Worthington from the Tobacco Farm Life Museum joined in the conversation. We also met with Representative Jeffrey McNeely from Iredell County along with Emily Baker from the Iredell Museum. Peter also met with Senator Natasha Marcus, and Alex met with Representative Terry Brown from Mecklenburg County. During each meeting we shared the mission of the North Carolina Museum's Council as well as our personal passions for the arts. We thanked officials for their leadership and asked them to continue their support through the Restart the Arts Grants program; $8 Million: $4M a year for 2 years non-recurring to jump start the creative economy, and highlighted the Grassroots Grants from NCAC that assist many museums.