Invite Your Elected Officials

The Alberta Museums Association (AMA) is encouraging Institutional Members to invite their elected officials to visit their museums, whether in person or virtually, in order to showcase how museums are leading contributors to the social, cultural, and educational fabric of Alberta.

A key goal of the #MeetYourMuseum campaign is to increase the awareness with all government representatives of the importance and value of museums to their communities. Whether the invitation is for an in-person experience or a virtual one, directly engaging your elected officials is an excellent way to communicate our sector's value, especially as museums adapt in these difficult times.

Unsure of what to highlight in your invitation? Consider:

  • Offering a special "behind the scenes" tour of an exhibit or collections area
  • Providing them with a customized invitation to an existing onsite or online event
  • Inviting them to take part in one of your educational programs or digital initiatives

 

The AMA has created template letters that your museum can use. Please feel free to add to or edit them to customize your museum's specific invitation.

 

We encourage you to reach out to your elected officials at their constituency office early, as summer can be a busy time and itineraries can fill up quickly. Invite your MLAs, MPs, and municipal officials to visit; the museum sector benefits with broad public engagement!

If you would like more information about the #MeetYourMuseum campaign, or additional ideas about how to encourage elected officials to visit your museum and engage with you online, please contact the Advancement Lead at advancement@museums.ab.ca or 780.424.2626.

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