Maine Museums Day
Maine archives, historical societies, and museums are valuable economic engines in their communities, contributing millions of dollars to Maine’s economy, and enticing visitors to stay longer, spend more, and return in the future. However, their value is more than dollars and cents, these collecting organizations create the unique feel of our communities, while preserving and sharing our most cherished history, art, and culture. These Maine institutions, found in communities - large and small, rural and urban - provide opportunities for our citizens to understand where we have been and who we are as a society; they offer places where we can contemplate beauty and meaning in our lives, provide a sanctuary where we can refresh our spirits and reflect on our lives. Archives, museums and historical societies can educate and inspire all ages, from the senior living in retirement, to the child just beginning school and learning about both our individual and common heritage. Investment in the arts and humanities is essential to our well-being as Americans, and to the generations who will follow us.
As valued partners in our communities and the state, our collecting institutions need protection. At risk are vital funds through state and national granting organizations. Join us as we listen, learn, and celebrate all these attributes at Maine Museums Day!
Monday, March 14, 2022, 9:30AM-10:30AM
What does 2022 hold for the potential governmental impacts on museums in Maine? Get your tips and updates to launch your day of socially-distanced advocacy. Join the discussion from a group of Maine-based speakers, facilitated by MAM's executive director, Dugan Murphy and NEMA's executive director, Dan Yaeger, and director of engagement, Meg Winikates.
A recording of this session will be made available to everyone who is registered.
Regional and National Advocacy Events Feb-Mar
February 16, 17, and 25, our friends at the New England Museum Association (NEMA) are hosting a series of online events called Advocacy Camp that are available to MAM members for free. These events lead up to the American Alliance of Museum's Museums Advocacy Day on February 28 and March 1. NEMA is extending their registration discount for this national event to MAM members, which can be accessed here. Maine Museums Day is held this year in conjunction with NEMA's New England Museum Week, which offers a host of state-specific events March 14-18.
Attending Maine Museums Day online
To participate in this online event you will need access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection. We will be using Zoom to host the presentation as an online videoconference. Once you register, you will immediately be sent instructions for logging in via automatically sent email.
If you do not have access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection, you will still be able to call in on a telephone, but you will unfortunately not be able to see any of the participants or visuals.
Online registration is free and available here. We encourage collecting institutions, their volunteers and staff, students, and supporters across the state to attend.
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