Ohio's State Legislators on Social Media - Coming Soon! This page will have the twitter handle and facebook page of each of Ohio's 99 House District representatives, as well as the twitter and facebook information for the 33 members of Ohio's Senate.
American Alliance of Museums - Click on the link to send an email to AAM and be added to their Advocacy Alerts. AAM will let you know about breaking news and key moments in the policy process so you can weigh-in with elected officials and federal agencies about legislation and regulation that directly impacts museums.
Americans for the Arts - This link takes you to the Arts Action Fund membership page. Membership is FREE and includes breaking news and legislative alerts, quarterly updates through Arts Action eNews and more.
National Humanities Alliance - This link takes you to the NHA Advocacy page which includes current and past action alerts, as well as other advocacy resources.
Ohio Citizens for the Arts - This link takes you to the Ohio Citizens for the Arts action center. This service is free.
How to Contact Your Elected Officials
Ohio Legislative Directory - This directory provided by the Ohio Citizens for the Arts lists the district, name, office location, and phone number for each member of the Ohio Senate. The site also offers a photo directory for both the Ohio House and Senate, and a complete list of the Ohio House of Representatives, including email, office location, and phone number upon request.
AAM's Advocacy Letter Central - This links to form letters on 11 topics to be sent to your national legislators. Just input your name, address, and personalized message, and the rest is done for you.
Find your Legislators
National Legislator Search
Ohio State Legislator Search
General Advocacy Resources
Funding Snapshot: NEA, NEH and IMLS in Ohio - How much funding do Ohio Museums get from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts? This great resource from AAM shows a snapshot of funding from these federal agencies from 2014-2016.
OMA's Advocacy Made Easy Presentation - Tips and resources from OMA's 2013 advocacy workshop "Advocacy Made Easy"
American Alliance of Museums - An amazing location for advocacy resources, the AAM advocacy page includes:
Advocacy for Museums Matters
Why Should I Advocate for My Museum?
75 Advocacy Ideas in 75 Minutes
Advocate from Anywhere
Communicating with Legislators
Getting to Know your Legislators
Ideas for E-Advocacy for museums
Advocacy Tips and Tricks
Museums Advocacy Day - An initiative from AAM, this page is the definitive resource for Advocacy Day materials and information.
Association of Midwest Museums - This page is the advocacy resource for AMM including links and local advocacy ideas.
Ohio Travel Association - Great resources from OTA including current tourism-related legislative issues and other resources.
Ohio Connecting to Collections: A Statewide Preservation Initiative - OMA has partnered with the State Library of Ohio, the Ohio Historical Society, LYRASIS, the Intermuseum Conservation Association and the Ohio Local History Alliance to create the advocacy resource: The Ohio Connecting to Collections Brochure. This beautiful, full-color brochure is an Ohio-specific look at the state of our collections as a whole, in the vane of the Heritage Health Index.The publication was funded through an IMLS Connecting to Collections Planning Grant.
Nonprofit Vote - This page has several resources to help engage nonprofits in elections and voting during an election year.
I'm Not a CEO, Why Should I Advocate? - Thanks to Kate Schureman at the Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences and Brenda Raney at the Science Museum of Minnesota for developing and sharing this piece about why advocacy is relevant to you, no matter what your role is at your museum.
Ohio Citizens for the Arts - Listed on this page under "Resources," the Advocacy tab from the Ohio Citizens for the Arts lists FAQs, Talking Points, a Columbus City School student advocacy program, and an Arts Day Advocacy Guide.
Americans for the Arts - The Arts Action Center for the Americans for the Arts has several resources, including legislation trackers, voting records, Capital Hill basics, a Congressional Arts Handbook, an election guide, and more.
Meeting With Elected Officials
Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum - State and district work periods are a critical and ideal time to connect with your legislators at your museum. The AAM makes it easy with this step-by-step "How To" guide.
Meeting with Elected Officials - Meeting with elected officials doesn't have to be intimidating! Get AAMs best tips for making sure your meetings go as smoothly as possible.
Ten Rules for Engagement - Getting involved in advocacy can be fun and easy. AAM has a list of top ten tips for engaging in effective advocacy.
How to Advocate Year-Round - Engage legislators and other stakeholders in the work of your museum, every day of the year, wherever you are located.
Museum Advocacy in an Election Year - Museums and nonprofits can participate in advocacy, and advocate on behalf of their mission. Learn what is and is not allowed in our election year advocacy guide.