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 again served as a co-convener for the 2019 event on February 25-26. 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 2019, federal funding for museums will continue to be a major issue and museums are also being significantly impacted by tax reform, education policy, infrastructure legislation, and more. The stakes have never been higher.

Former ASMD President Todd Boyette spoke at 2017 Museums Advocacy Day in Washington D.C. … More Advocacy for Museums

2019 Directors Forum in New York

Hillary Olson, Kate Bennett, and Dean Briere  hosted the 2019 ASMD Directors Forum in Rochester and Ithaca, New York on February 4-6.  The Rochester Museum & Science Center served as the base of operations, and we had a room block with the nearby Strathallan Hotel in Rochester. The meeting featured a day trip to Ithaca to explore Sciencenter, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and the Museum of the Earth with their leadership staff and outstanding science communicators.

The program committee, ASMD Vice President Julie Stein, ASMD President Sarah George, Kate Bennett, Dean Briere, and Bonnie Styles, developed an invigorating program that featured the Directors’ Round Table, a panel discussion about addressing polarizing issues, frank dialog on hot topics, presentations by thought leaders, insights from our host museums and their Directors,  behind-the-scenes exploration of other local museums including the George Eastman Museum and the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester with members of their leadership teams, and ample time to brainstorm about shared issues and concerns with your colleagues. The final program and schedule for the 2019 ASMD Directors Forum is  posted here and under Updates for Members.

Images from our 2019 Directors in Rochester and Ithaca are are provided below.  We hope that they provide you with a sense of the energy at our meetings and that you will attend our 2020 Directors Forum in  hosted by the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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Science Museums March for Science!

Science museums and scientific associations across the country participated in the April 14, 2018 March for Science in Washington D.C. or in local marches or programs at their facilities. Natural history museums and science centers play important roles in scientific research and science education and strive to inspire stewardship of natural and cultural resources and environments and sustainable practices. … More Science Museums March for Science!