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!
Here are some images and Info from ARTS DAY 2019.
ARTS Day 2019 Delegation (pictured above)
From left: Edith Brady, NCMC Board Treasurer; Ali Pizza; Alexander Brooks, NCMC History Section;, Dianna Cameron, NCMC Arts Section Chair;, Lindsey Lambert, NCMC Tech Meister; Peter Koch, NCMC Immediate Past President.
A delegation from the North Carolina Museums Council visited the Legislature on Thursday, March 27, 2019.
The delegation went to see Senator Deanna Ballard of Watauga County, Senator Kathy Harrington of Gaston County, Representative Joe Sam Queen of Haywood County, Representative Michael Wray of Halifax and Northampton counties, Senator Jerry Tillman of Randolph and Moore counties, Representative John Ager of Buncombe County, Representative John Faircloth of Guilford County, Representative Allen McNeill of Moore and Randolph counties, and Representative Chuck McGrady of Henderson County.
We spoke with each about the importance of museums to the economy of North Carolina. We presented them with a document from AAM (see link below) that states that in 2017, 2 billion dollars worth of economic activity were generated by museums. We shared ArtsNC’s goal of $1 appropriated per person in the state of North Carolina and we also shared with them that increased funding for the NC Arts Council benefits all museums in the state, particularly those involved with the arts and those that receive Grassroots grants.