CALIFORNIA MUSEUMS MONTH
In a brief ceremony at the Capitol Museum on June 5, 2013, Assemblymember Toni Atkins and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson were presented with CAM’s 2013 President’s Awards. Recipients of the President’s Awards are elected officials in California state government who have shown support of California museums. The ceremony was held in honor of California Museums Month and the awards were presented by Ed Prohaska, President of the CAM Board of Directors.
Assemblymember Toni Atkins, currently serving as the Assembly Majority Leader, represents the 78th Assembly District which includes coastal San Diego communities, including most of central San Diego. In addition to supporting museums in her district, she is the author of Assembly Bill 482 which will help launch the Snoopy special interest license plate and create a museum grant program.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson was elected to a four-year term as the State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2010. Superintendent Torlakson supported a new partnership between CAM and the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2011 to recognize the vital role museums play in California’s education system. After two years, the Superintendent’s Awards for Excellence in Museum Education Competition has recognized the outstanding achievements of 12 California museums that serve K-12 students and/or educators.
MEET WITH ONE STATE LEGISLATOR THIS MAY FOR MUSEUMS MONTH!
We invite you to join CAM in recognizing the positive impact museums make on communities by participating in California Museums Month. We have many resources and tools to make your participation in California Museums Month easy and effective.
For over ten years, CAM has celebrated May as California Museums Month. This is a perfect opportunity to invite your Assembly member or Senator to your museum to observe a school group, tour an exhibition, participate in a public program, or get a behind-the-scenes tour of the collections.
The need is tremendous: a large percentage of State legislators are newly elected, the Legislature is considering statewide reforms to balance the budget, and many in state office may be future Members of Congress. CAM has communicated with all legislators and meets with Capitol leadership to convey how museums benefit California’s citizens and contribute to a healthy, thriving state. But only museums can reinforce these messages with real experiences and demonstrate first-hand the impact on a legislator’s district.
To schedule your meeting, please send a letter or email to your chosen legislator ASAP. (And, remember, Fridays are usually best for in-district meetings.) A checklist, template, and talking points are available online. Pass out the California museums fact sheet. Be sure to take photographs and submit one, along with a brief description of the visit, to CAM’s Executive Director, Celeste DeWald at email@example.com. We will be posting all photographs and stories on CAM’s Facebook page, Twitter account, and CA Museum Community Online.
2012 MUSEUMS MONTH RECAP
CAM's Government Relations Committee challenged CAM institutional members to meet with State legislators to demonstrate that museums matter. CLICK HERE to see the photos and stories submitted
2011 MUSEUMS MONTH RECAP
In 2011, we asked every CAM institutional member to invite one assemblymember or senator to a museum to demonstrate that museums matter. As encouragement, and to tap into competitive natures, CAM entered every institutional member who participated in a $500 cash giveaway. CLICK HERE to see the photos and stories submitted
2010 MUSEUMS ADVOCACY DAY RECAP
California Museums Advocacy Day took place in early May in Sacramento with museum representatives from across the state. Our advocates sent the message that museums are unique and valuable to the state’s citizens and communities. The California Museums Advocacy Day Toolkit (pdf, 8 MB) is available online, which includes briefs on: two bills that would increase funding for the California Arts Council, a bill that would help protect archaeological and historic sites, and CAM's positions on museums and their role in economic stimulus, bonds, and green policies. At a reception on the West Steps Lawn of State Capitol, with many of our state agency partners in attendance, CAM presented Assemblymember Anthony Portantino (D-La Canada Flintridge) with the 2010 President's Award. The Assemblymember, who Chairs the Committee on Revenue and Taxation, was recognized for his support of arts and culture across the state, as well as museums in his district. See photographs from Advocacy Day 2010.
2009 MUSEUMS ADVOCACY DAY RECAP
California museums had a presence in the offices of our elected officials on May 5, 2009 as museum advocates and professionals from museums across the state met to discuss legislative issues and demonstrate how museums are centers for learning that create stronger communities. Collectively, our participants visited 40% of the offices at the State Legislature! The day also featured a fun Museum Activities Fair with engaging educational activities from art, history, and science museums. The Museum Activities Fair also got coverage on a local television station. Senator Leland Yee, Assistant President pro Tem of the California State Senate, sponsored a 2009 resolution naming May California Museums Month. See photographs from Advocacy Day 2009.
2008 MUSEUMS ADVOCACY DAY RECAP
In 2008, a resolution was authored by Republican Leader Assemblymember Mike Villines, which attracted 69 co-authors (88% of the California State Assembly). Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has issued proclamations to show his support for the states museums. See photographs from Advocacy Day 2008.