Remember: You are the expert!
When contacting or meeting with policymakers (politicians), you’ll need a tangible answer for the question, “Who cares about this?”
Show your policymaker that people support your issue, and will be constant in that support. Take, for example, the American Association of Museums’ call to action:
As a creator and/or consumer of art, take a few minutes to contact your federal, provincial, municipal, local representatives. You can help jump the “who cares about this?” hurdle. As an artist, highlight your own works and experiences to better inform policy makers. Contact your decision-makers to express gratitude for any funding/support that they made to your art. Highlight the interest it generated. Show, “who cares about it.”
* see also: Making the Case for Museums: 75 Advocacy Ideas in 75 Minutes, Alliance Annual Meeting. Baltimore, May 19, 2013
Choose the appropriate decision-makers for your issue. A local, municipal issue might have different decision-makers than a provincial or national issue.
Four Levels of Government:
When to Advocate:
Advocate when it can make a difference.
For example, advocating for program-funding might make a difference when a budget is being put together -- advocating for program funding after the budget speech will not.
For example, see:
When to Lobby
USE COMMON SENSE
Tips for Effective Advocacy
Demonstrate broad-based support
Be informed about all sides of an issue
Listen carefully, analyze what is important to target group and how both groups’ needs can be met
Separate politics from advocacy efforts
Maintain good working relationship with decision-makers
Always say thank you