Advocacy for Museums

The Association of Science Museum Directors is a proud supporter of national Museums Advocacy Day, spearheaded by the American Alliance of Museums, in Washington D.C.  ASMD served as a co-convener for the 2020 event on February 24-25 and is a co-convener for the 2021 virtual event on February 22-23. In 2020, ASMD Executive Director Bonnie Styles joined other association leaders to speak about effective advocacy for museums at the Congressional Breakfast. She visited the offices of senators and representatives who serve on appropriations committees that fund agencies, including IMLS, NEH, NSF, NASA, and NOAA, that provide crucial support for museums and museum programs. She advocated for support for all museums (including science museums), and relayed the importance of science education, scientific collections, and research to society and the planet.  In 2020, federal funding for museums continued to be a major issue and museums were also significantly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, tax reform, education policy, infrastructure legislation, and more. In 2021, museums continue to face the impacts of the pandemic and all the issues confronted in 2020. The stakes have never been higher. Please join us to advocate for museums.

ASMD Executive Director Bonnie Styles spoke to advocated in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center at the 2020 Museums Advocacy Day in Washington D.C. She is shown below with ASMD Member Doug Jones, Director of the Florida Museum of Natural History. … More Advocacy for Museums

2021 Virtual Directors Forum

Given the difficulty of travel during the Covid-19 pandemic, the ASMD Board made the decision to convert the 2021 Directors Forum to a virtual format. We have postponed the meeting in Seattle to 2022 when we should be able to return to our in-person format.

The 2021 ASMD program committee (Vice Presidents Meg Beckel of the Canadian Museum of Nature and William Harris of Space Center Houston) have developed a program tailored to the times for ASMD’s first, and hopefully last, virtual Directors Forum.  ASTC has agreed to host us on their zoom platform and provide technical assistance for this event.  Presentations and discussions will feature impacts of Covid-19, strategies for dealing with the impacts, and planning for alternative revenue streams. Copies of the Final Program and Registration Form are available here.

Images from our 2019 Directors Forum in Rochester and Ithaca, New York and 2020 Directors Forum in Chapel Hill, North Carolina are provided below.  We hope that they provide you with a sense of the energy at our meetings that will be captured in our 2021 virtual event. … More 2021 Virtual Directors Forum

2020 Directors Forum in Chapel Hill

Todd Boyette, Director of the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center hosted the 2020 ASMD Directors Forum in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The meeting ran from February 17 through noon on February 19. We reserved a block of rooms at the Carolina Inn, an iconic destination hotel in Chapel Hill located on the University of North Carolina campus within a short walking distance from the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. The program committee, led by Vice Presidents Julie Stein and Joe Keiper, also included Todd Boyette, Elizabeth Pierce, Denise Young, Terri Trotter, and Bonnie Styles. They developed an invigorating program. A copy of the Final Program for the 2020 ASMD Directors Forum is attached here. Please note that registration for the 2020 Forum was limited to ASMD members and assistant directors invited by an ASMD member. If you are not a member, please consider applying for ASMD membership so you will be able to attend a future Forum. … More 2020 Directors Forum in Chapel Hill