ADVOCACY

CAM's active advocacy program monitors legislation, keeps our members and constituents informed and involved, and fosters strategic initiatives to support funding sources for museums. We invite you to join our grassroots advocacy efforts - together, we can make a difference!

BILL MONITORING AND LEGISLATIVE INVOLVEMENT
Our Government Relations Committee monitors legislation, takes positions on key bills, attends hearings and meets with elected officials to voice our support or concerns. We also periodically issue policy statements to California legislators to inform them of the vital role museums play in California communities. Monthly email updates keep our constituents informed and involved in State affairs. See our legislative highlights, policy statements and sign up for monthly updates here.  

ADVOCACY, TRAINING, AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
For over twelve years, we have organized a variety of advocacy events or programs, depending on the needs and circumstances of the year. We have gathered at the State Capitol for Museums’ Advocacy Day, and we have celebrated California Museums Month in May – all to communicate why museums matter to legislators, policy makers and the public. We also provide tools and resources  so that museum professionals can effectively build relationships with their legislators and other elected officials.

STATE AND NATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS
We partner with state agencies and national associations to achieve shared goals. For example, CAM is a member of an American Alliance of Museums'  government relations workgroup, a partner in Museums Advocacy Day in Washington DC and has been a member of the American Association for State and Local History Federal-State Partnerships for Museums Coalition since 2006.