Museum Advocates

Museum Staff Provides Advocacy, Leadership

Richard Ellwanger, Executive Director of the Seminole Nation Museum, recently returned from the nation's capital where he took part in a national advocacy day for museums.

Sponsored by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), Advocacy Day brings together over 300 museum professionals, administrators, board members, and volunteers to unite their voices in support of issues important to museums.

Ellwanger was part of a delegation sponsored by the Oklahoma Museums Association (OMA), which also consisted of OMA Executive Director Brenda Granger and past-president Bill Bryans. The group spent five days in Washington educating themselves on advocacy issues, networking with museum leaders from across the US, and meeting with all seven of Oklahoma's congressional offices.

Ellwanger, who has been a member of OMA's board of directors since 2012, was recently elected vice-president of the organization. OMA is a state-wide nonprofit that assists Oklahoma museums in their efforts to educate, inform, and entertain the public.

For more information about the American Alliance of Museums or Advocacy Day, please visit: www.aam-us.org.

For more information about the Oklahoma Museums Association, please visit: www.okmuseums.org.