Oklahoma Museums Week March 25-31, 2018 and OMA Advocacy Plan

Posted by OMA on 02/01/2018

Oklahoma Museums Week March 25-31, 2018
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The Oklahoma Museums Association is happy to announce Governor Mary Fallin has issued an Executive Proclamation declaring the week of March 25, 2018 as Museums Week!  The proclamation can be viewed here.

Oklahoma is home to 531+ museums!  Museums are powerful econmic engines and play an essential role in the state's educational infrastructure. Museums are also at the fabric of our communities, addressing challenges in such fields as healthcare, energy, poverty and more as well as working with the military and military families.

During Oklahoma Museums Week, OMA will be sending all Oklahoma legislators a list of museums in their district as well as the infographic below. We will be emailing legislative contact information the week before asking museums to contact their elected officials during Oklahoma Museums Week and invite them on a personal tour, convey how your museum serves and is vital to the community in areas of the economy, education, overall quality of life and so much more. We also encourage you to let the elected officials know how grateful you are for their public support of the Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma Historical Society and Oklahoma Department of Libraries as these agencies, along with others, are such good partners with Oklahoma museums in service to the citizens of Oklahoma.



2018 Advocacy Plan

February 5 – Oklahoma’s 56th Legislature, 2nd Regular Session Convenes

February 7 - Oklahoma Travel Industry Association (OTIA) Tasteful Affair Legislative Reception to Kickoff the Legislative Session.  OMA is an annual partner with OTIA.

February 26 - Museum Advocacy Day (MAD) in Washington DC – The OMA leadership will be in attendance meeting with our Oklahoma Congressional delegation. OMA is a partner, and therefore OMA members can attend for FREE.

March 7 - Webinar with Oklahomans for the Arts on what non-profits can/cannot do regarding advocacy, lobbying, candidates, etc.

March 25-31 - Oklahoma Museums Week with a focus on Oklahoma state legislators knowing which museums are in their districts and for museum to know their legislators. Governor Fallin has issued a proclamation.

April 11-  Arts Day at the (Oklahoma) Capitol – OMA is a partner and will encourage and coordinate museums in attendance.  A special thanks to Oklahomans for the Arts for planning this event.

April 23-29-  #MuseumWeek2018 with a focus on audience engagement with Oklahoma museums, via social media. #MuseumWeek is an international online event celebrating and showcasing all things from cultural institutions over 7 days, 7 themes, 7 hashtags! It provides an opportunity for museums to share and discuss their special passions with the public on social networks, using hashtags dedicated to the event.

May 25 - Sine Die Adjournment of Oklahoma’s 56th Legislature, 2nd Regular Session

Call to Action Communications will be distributed to the OMA membership as needed throughout the legislative session.

American Alliance of Museums Advocacy Resources - Guide to Election Year Activity