Twitter campaign Friday aims to foster advocacy for cultural institutions


Conner Prairie, a Smithsonian-affiliated museum, welcomes nearly 400,000 visitors a year. The museum’s mission is to inspire curiosity and foster learning about Indiana by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences.

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Friday, museums, libraries, archives and other cultural institutions will share mission-related facts using the hashtag #DayOfFacts on Twitter. The goal is to spread awareness that these institutions are trusted sources for truth and knowledge.

170216_blog2Earlier this month, Conner Prairie President and CEO Norman Burns (left) reminded everyone about the importance of the arts and humanities in our lives. He wrote about the importance of maintaining funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts, as those endowments face potential elimination.

“We all need to advocate for museums as significant economic engines, stewards and trustees of important collections, community connectors and education providers,” he wrote. “But museums do so much more. Museums serve teachers, homeschoolers and people living with disabilities.

“We help wounded warriors, play a key role in supporting literacy and reach underserved populations in meaningful ways. Museums help create vital communities in which to live and work. They spur travel and tourism that feed the economy. As such, museums are a wise investment in a community’s infrastructure.”

If you’d like to follow along or participate in #DaysOfFacts, follow Conner Prairie on Twitter.