CALIFORNIA MUSEUMS ADVOCACY DAY
MEET WITH ONE STATE LEGISLATOR THIS MAY FOR CALIFORNIA MUSEUMS’ ADVOCACY DAY!
For over twelve years, CAM has organized and sponsored advocacy events at the State Capitol to demonstrate the essential role museums play in the lives of Californians of all ages.
CAM Board members and staff hit the pavement at the State Capitol on May 11th while they were in Sacramento for the CAM board meeting. At the end of the day, Board members and CAM staff were able to meet personally with legislators or legislative staff members from 29 offices to discuss the vital role museums play in California communities. In addition, many Board and staff members were able to attend a legislative hearing of the Joint Committee on the Arts, which explored the role of creativity and innovation in California’s economy. The latest statewide data in the 2015 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of California was presented and insightful hearing testimonies were given (see video playlist).
CAM also awarded Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) its President’s Award during Museums’ Advocacy Day on May 11th. Assemblymember Bloom is an avid supporter of museums and the arts. In his remarks, he stated "I understand and support the vibrant role museums play in contributing to California's communities” and acknowledged the museums in his district, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, La Brea Tar Pits, Museum of Tolerance, Skirball Cultural Center, Getty Museum, and Petersen Automotive Museum. Assemblymember Bloom’s recent accomplishments include, authoring AB 189, the cultural districts bill last year, which CAM supported, championing increased funding for the California Arts Council and authoring a bill banning microbeads, which passed last year and was supported by aquariums and various environmental groups.
CAM Board members were at the State Capitol on May 21st and were able to personally meet with legislators or legislative staff members from 20 separate offices. In addition, CAM staff provided all 120 members of the California State Assembly and Senate with written materials that conveyed the important and vital role museums play in California communities.
During the day, CAM was also honored to award Assemblymember Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) its President’s Award. As the Chair of the Arts, Entertainment and Tourism Committee and a member of the Joint Committee on the Arts, Assemblymember Calderon has been a strong supporter of museums and the arts throughout his time in elected office. In the 2015 legislative session, he authored ACR 40, which officially proclaimed May 2015 as California Museum Month and recognized “the essential role that museums have in the State of California as educational institutions.” This measure passed both the Assembly and Senate with unanimous support. Assemblymember Calderon also authored a Museums' Month Resolution during the 2014 legislative session, and he has authored several bills and measures that would increase funding for the California Arts Council.