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Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum Week August 12-16, 2019

From the American Alliance of Museums (AAM)

Did you know that a visit to the museum can change how elected officials think about museums? The August congressional recess is a great time to invite your elected officials to visit your museum. A visit with local, state or federal elected officials and (or) their staff members is a powerful opportunity to show off the many and unexpected ways your museum serves the community and make the case on issues critical to museums

The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) has created "Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum Week" from August 12-16, 2019. Reaching out to legislators may seem like a daunting task, but the AAM "how to" guide provides step-by-step instructions, links and templates.

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A banner legislative session for arts & culture!

From the Cultural Advocacy Coalition
"Dear Advocates and Policymakers,

It is with deep gratitude that we celebrate the end of the legislative session as of yesterday. Thank you to the Cultural Advocacy Coalition's dedicated advocates, supporters and friends, who spoke out and encouraged investment in creative expression for all Oregonians. 

THANK YOU to Oregon’s policymakers, who took important steps to invest in our cultural sector. We look forward to the Governor signing all of the following bills passed by the Senate and House this week:
  • Extend the Cultural Trust Tax Credit for 6 more years (HB 2164)
  • Extend special tax assessments for historic preservation properties for 2 more years (HB 2164)
  • Fund Capital Investment Projects (HB 5030 & HB 5050)- Total of $5,125,000:
    • Lincoln City Cultural Center - $1.5M for an exterior plaza
    • Beaverton Arts Foundation - $1.5M for the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts
    • Liberty Theatre - $1M for stage house and facilities improvements
    • Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center - $500,000 for preservation and renovations
    • Cottage Theatre - $375,000 for theatre expansion
    • High Desert Museum - $250,000 for exhibit and gallery
  • 2019-2021 Budgets for the Cultural Trust and the Oregon Arts Commission have been funded at the Governor’s recommended levels (SB 5524)
  • Renew the provision to spend cultural trust license plate monies on the marketing and promotion of the Trust (HB 2377)
Also in support of the cultural sector, the legislature provided funding for Oregon Public Broadcasting, and the Oregon Historical Society, long-standing members of the Cultural Advocacy Coalition.

Nearly all of our legislative priorities were adopted. We will be back in the 2020 session with a request to increase the amount of the Cultural Trust license plate by at least $5 a plate. We will continue to work with the Governor and the boards of the Oregon Cultural Trust and the Oregon Arts Commission on two concerning issues: 1) Increasing administrative costs, and, 2) Decreasing contributions to the Trust. 

With many thanks and forward momentum!"

Thank you, 

Dr. Nancy Golden 
Board of Directors President 
Cultural Advocacy Coalition 

Helpful materials from Arts & Culture Advocacy Day

Arts & Culture Advocacy Day in Salem occurred on April 23, 2019, hosted by the Cultural Advocacy Coalition. They provided the following PDF, which lists:

  • Tips for advocacy and communicating with legislators 
  • Legislative priorities for 2019
  • 2019 session bill summary report

View the document here.

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8604, Portland, OR 97207
Contact: connect@oregonmuseums.org 
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