Thank you for making CT Places Coalition’s Annual Advocacy Day at the Capitol on March 29, 2017 a great day for speaking out about our legislative agenda.
Nearly 150 practitioners, volunteers, and supporters of the state’s humanities, history, preservation, and library communities gathered at the State Capitol to learn about advocacy tactics and strategies from the New England Museum Association, receive updates on the state funding landscape, take their message right to their legislators, and enjoy a pop-up exhibition showcasing 43 of the state’s cultural organizations/communities/libraries.
Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, and Lisa Perrone, District Aide for Congressman John Larson addressed the gathering. Many thanks to Katherine Kane, executive director of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and board president of the American Association of State & Local History, and Dan Yaeger, executive director of the New England Museum Association, for bringing their inspiring messages in support of humanities, libraries, museums, history, and preservation organizations.
The CT Places Coalition believes that the erosion of state investment in humanities, libraries, museums, history, and preservation organizations is a direct threat to what makes our state an attractive place to live and work. We believe that continued public investment in these places is fundamental to Connecticut’s quality of life and economic competitiveness. This year’s Advocacy Day will be presented in partnership with the New England Museum Association.
But we’re not done yet! Please continue to advocate through the spring. Repeated, persistent, positive messages to our legislators is needed right up until the budget adoption in June!
Here was the day’s schedule:
- 10:30 am: Advocacy Workshop, led by the New England Museum Association – Hearing Room 1C– Want to learn how to effectively interact with your state representatives? This session will help give you the tools and resources to advocate for your organization and the coalition’s causes.
- 11:45 am: Lunch Break
- 1:00 pm: Legislative Briefing – Hearing Room 1C – Join us for the latest updates about the state’s budget and legislative process. Hear from lobbyists and members of the CTPlaces Coalition regarding state funding, the legislative landscape ahead, and what YOU can do to help.
- 2:00 pm: Visit with Lawmakers – Show off your new skills and meet with your elected officials! We’ve set aside time in the day for you to pre-schedule meetings with your state representatives. No time to pre-schedule meetings? No problem. Stationery will be provided on the day of the event – write a note to your legislator and drop it in his or her office. Let them know you care enough about your local cultural institutions to spend the day in civic activities.
- 3:00 pm: Exhibits Open – North and Hale Lobbies – Pop up exhibit! Dozens of humanities, libraries, museums, history, and preservation organizations from around the state will highlight the best of what their organization collects and does. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see items from around the state, all in one place. Each year offers a unique, one-of-a-kind opportunity to get a taste of the wide range of cultural offerings that make Connecticut so special.
- 3:20 pm: Remarks – Hale Lobby
- 4:30 pm: Exhibits Conclude
Thank you for your support, and we look forward to your continue advocacy throughout the spring!