Museums Advocacy Day 2017
On February 26-28, 2017, NEMA's Dan Yaeger and Meg Winikates, as well as board member Dawn Salerno and former board member Susan Funk, attended the ninth Museums Advocacy Day in Washington DC. They were joined by advocates from all 6 New England states. This year was the first year that all 50 states sent museum advocates, and there were 50% more advocates than last year, which held the previous record for participation. Over 375 advocates held over 420 meetings with their elected representatives and staff members on Capitol Hill, asking for reauthorization of IMLS, robust funding for the Office of Museum Services, protection of the charitable giving tax incentives, and many other related issues on education and STEM topics.

Advocacy at Home: State House Days
This March, NEMA was pleased to collaborate with Maine Archives and Museums, the CT Places Coalition, and MassCreative in the planning of three State House advocacy days. As an event partner, NEMA lead advocacy training sessions for Maine Museums Day in Augusta and CTPlaces in Hartford.

National Advocacy Alert
As you have heard, President Trump recently released his budget request for the upcoming fiscal year. In that budget request, many of the programs, projects, and agencies which support our field received drastic cuts. The budget process is a long one, and the president's request is just the beginning; however, the legislators actually in charge of creating the budget bills in the House and Senate are influenced by what they hear from their constituents. Please consider contacting your legislators to express your support for IMLS, NEA, NEH, and any of the other agencies from which you have received funding in the past. You can refer to the AAM advocacy resources page here for sample language and useful facts and figures: http://aam-us.org/advocacy

Letter in support of the Office of Museum Services: http://www.congressweb.com/aam/56

NEA/NEH support letter: http://www.congressweb.com/AAM/48

National Salary Survey
The National Salary Survey officially closed in early February. Thank you to everybody that completed the survey. We received responses from 1,060 institutions, 915 museums provided full salary information across all categories and 145 provided partial data. In 2014, we had 962 museums respond with 736 providing full salary information. 175 New England museums responded to the survey up from 128 in 2014. The publication date will be late May or early June. Museums that participated will receive a free copy of the Survey. Contact Heather A. Riggs at heather.riggs@nemanet.org if you have any questions about the report.

History Relevance Value Statement
On March 15, NEMA joined more than 100 historical organizations around the country to endorse the History Relevance Value Statement and declare the importance of teaching and learning history. Click here for details.

Plan the Work, Work the Plan: Strategic Success for Museum Leaders
This spring, NEMA Executive Director Dan Yaeger, will be facilitating a new professional development opportunity designed for museum CEOs, senior staff, and board members, with the purpose of assessing best practices in museum strategic planning and creating a culture of strategic teamwork between the CEO and board. Click here for complete details.

Call for Articles
Have a great idea for an article for New England Museums NowMuseums Now is the professional journal for the voices of museum professionals across the geography, genres, and job descriptions present in our field, and we want your voice to be represented! Submissions for articles are accepted on a rolling basis. Though Museums Now issues each focus on a particular theme relevant to our field, we welcome articles on all museum topics. Your submission is not required to fit a theme for an upcoming issue. For complete details about submitting an article, click here.

Sponsorship outreach for workshops/networking events
Now is your chance to show your support for the New England museum community and build valuable good will for your organization. Become a sponsor of NEMA's 2017 Spring/Summer professional development programming! Sponsorship opportunities include the PAG workshops and networking events. Click here for details.

Museumhive
The next Museumhive meetup on April 13 will feature Kim Drew, social media manager at The Met in NY. Kim is a leading thinker in the museum world focusing on black culture and art, with a wide range of media articles written about her work, including "Best Instagram Accounts to Follow" on FastCompany Design, and "4 Black Women Making the Art World More Inclusive" in New York Magazine. Click here to RSVP.

NEMA Stats: A Monthly Museum Attendance Report
In February, NEMA released the NEMA Stats: A Monthly Museum Attendance Report Annual Report to participants of the program. In 2016, overall attendance increased by 6.1% compared to last year. In 2015, severe winter weather across the region had a large impact on overall attendance totals. December was the only month in 2016 to see a decrease in attendance compared to 2015. Out of the 119 sites participating in 2016, 86 (72%) saw an increase in attendance from 2015. Of the 116 sites with comparable data from 2016 to 2014, 72% saw an increase in attendance in 2016 compared to 2015. 43% saw an increase in attendance in 2015 compared to 2014.

2017 Conference Planning Meeting
In January, the NEMA staff along with museum professionals from the Cape met at the Falmouth Museums on the Green to begin planning for the conference. At the meeting the group discussed preliminary plans for conference sessions and events, plus brainstormed ideas for keynoters and special features. Based on the energy in the room, you're in for an amazing conference again this year! Remember to mark your calendar for October 25-27, 2017.

Many thanks to all who attended and shared their ideas and to the Falmouth Museums on the Green for hosting us.

Lunch with NEMA
Now in its fifth year, Lunch with NEMA continues to offer free and informal online professional development the last Wednesday of the month. The April Lunch with NEMA will feature Betsy Loring, Director of Exhibits and Alice Promisel, Exhibit Content Developer from the EcoTarium. They will be sharing what they learned creating the new City Science exhibit. Click here to sign-up. Prior presentations are recorded and archived on the NEMA website. If there are any topics you would like to see discussed please contact BJ Larson at bj.larson@nemanet.org.

NEMA/QM2 Executive Roundtables
Last fall NEMA teamed up with Mary Case of QM2 to begin an executive roundtable inviting leaders of museums with annual budgets between $800,000 and $1.4 million. The roundtable is a confidential peer-learning group that improves the institution's long-term sustainability and the director's life. If you'd like to explore participation, please contact Mary Case, marycase@qm2.org

2017 NEMA Workshop Series
Our spring/summer workshop season has officially started. NEMA has a special volume discount for members only. Sign up for at least three full day workshops and you'll receive a 20% discount off the member rate. And NEMA institutional members who send at least five employees or trustees to full day workshops also receive a 20% discount.

Stay tuned to the NEMA website for upcoming workshops. Thank you to our PAG chairs for all of their work they do in creating the workshop series.

April 12, 2017
Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke, MA
Presented by the Historic Sites PAG
 
April 24, 2017
Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, MA
Presented by the Conservators PAG
 
May 15, 2017
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
Presented by the Library and Archives PAG
 
May 16, 2017
Davis Art Museum, Wellesley, MA
Presented by the Exhibits PAG.

May 19, 2017
Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA
Co-presented by the Fitchburg Art Museum, and the Fitchburg State University Visual Stylometry Research Group

June 6, 2017
Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA
Presented by the College and University Museums PAG
 
June 7, 2017
Cambridge Historical Society, Cambridge, MA
Presented by the Independent Museum Professionals PAG
 
June 14, 2017
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Presented by the Registrars PAG

June 26, 2017
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford CT
Presented by the Education PAG