Nelson-Mayson participates in National Museum Advocacy Day

Lin Nelson-Mayson (Goldstein Museum of Design) participated in the American Association of Museums (AAM) second National Museum Advocacy Day, March 22-23, 2010, in Washington, DC. AAM's Museum Advocacy Day combines a day of training in legislative advocacy with a day of meetings on Capitol Hill with members of Congress from the participant's home district. Nelson-Mayson, along with Brenda Raney of the Science Museum of Minnesota, represented GMD and all Minnesota museums in meetings with Senators Klobuchar and Franken and with Representatives Ellison, Walz, McCollum, Kline, and Paulson. One of the major issues discussed was the reauthorization of the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the federal agency that awarded the Goldstein $150,000 for the collections digitization project.

In addition to these visits, AAM held a reception for the "citizen advocates" to honor legislators who supported efforts on behalf of museums. Nelson-Mayson introduced Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum who received an award for her support of Minnesota museums.