BCMA’s advocacy, research and communications build awareness about the value and impacts of our members and the BC cultural sector among policymakers and the general public.
Advocacy Committee (2018)
Terms of Reference
1.1 – Purpose
The purpose of the Advocacy Committee is to increase awareness and understanding of British Columbia’s cultural sector, and advocate for stable funding.
1.2 – Role
The Committee’s role is to initiate and implement an annual advocacy action plan, advise BCMA, and develop position papers as required.
1.3 – Membership/Composition
The Committee should be composed of one third council members and two thirds BCMA members with strong representation from across the BCMA membership. Membership is two years.
1.4 – Duties and Responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities of the Advocacy Committee is to advise BCMA administration and membership on advocacy issues and progress. The Committee will create and implement an annual action plan that will have a minimum of two new initiatives. The Committee will develop position papers as required and be mindful of using RoundUp magazine as an advocacy/communications tool.
1.5 – Reporting
The committee reports to BCMA Council.
1.6 – Meeting Frequency
Monthly, or as agreed by membership.
We regularly publish advocacy news and updates to help our members and stakeholders stay informed about new policies, statistics and opportunities to advocate for museums and culture.
The Province of British Columbia has proclaimed the third week in May “BC Museums Week,” recognizing, among other things, “the importance of museums, art galleries, historic sites, cultural centres and other memory institutions as keepers of legacy, places of learning, and drivers for the economic and social well-being of our communities.”
Last year, the BC Museums Association was joined by 55 museums and related organizations from around BC as we celebrated and highlighted the work of our members, discussed important themes for the sector, and advocated for reconciliation and innovation within the sector.
BC Museums Week was perfectly situated in the international museum calendar as it included International Museum Day (IMD), an ICOM-sanctioned celebration that takes place annually on May 18.
To learn more about BC Museums Week and IMD, click here.
In 2017 the Canadian Museums Association and the BC Museums Association partnered on an initiative to encourage museums to invite their MPs to visit their museum.
In a letter to BCMA members, the CMA and BCMA provided resources, tips, and talking points for inviting MPs to visit. To read the full letter, click here.
The Spring 2017 special issue of Roundup was devoted to advocacy, including articles on the upcoming BC election and a call to action for BC museums.