Caption: Photo of signing ceremony. Gov. Reynold’s first proclamation since taking office, Iowa Museum Week June 12-18.
Iowa museums celebrate Governor’s Proclamation of Iowa Museum Week!
DES MOINES: In a signing ceremony on June 5, 2017, Governor Kim Reynolds signed her first proclamation since taking office, proclaiming June 12-18, 2017 “Iowa Museum Week.”
In making the proclamation, the Governor said “Iowa's museums play a crucial role in preserving the historical fabric, natural resources, identity and memory of our state through the careful stewardship of art, artifacts, archives, the built environment, flora and fauna, and historic sites. Museums provide educational resources and programs which support educators, expand learning opportunities for all ages, and provide active learning environments. Iowa's museums enrich our communities and contribute to the state economy through job creation, industry attraction, and worker retention; the purchase of goods and services; and as leading visitor destinations attract tourism revenue to their community and the state.” Governor Reynolds ended by noting that Iowa’s museums play an acknowledged role in enhancing quality of life throughout the state and encouraged the citizens of the state of Iowa to celebrate Iowa Museum Week by visiting and supporting the Iowa museum of their choice.
Cynthia Sweet, Executive Director of the Iowa Museum Association, said, “We appreciate the Governor’s proclamation, and recognition of the important role played by the supporters and stewards of history, art, and culture in our state. Iowa Museum Week is an opportunity to highlight the important role museums play in Iowa.”
Sweet went on to say, “Museums are vital to a healthy local and state economy. Not only are they employers and consumers of goods and services, in addition The National Governors Association has reported that businesses that relocate factor in access to cultural resources and museums. Communities wishing to attract new business and industry invest in and support their cultural infrastructure.”
The American Alliance of Museums reports that the nonprofit arts and cultural industry annually generates over $135 billion in economic activity, supporting more than 4.1 million full-time jobs and returning over $22 billion in local, state, and federal tax revenue.
Sweet noted, “Museums are important partners in life-long education.” Iowa’s museums offer over 60,000 public programs every year, many of them free. Museum educators offer K-12 programs that supplement classroom education and inspire student understanding of Iowa history through exploration of authentic artifacts and locally meaningful connections to state and national history; art education; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities; and natural and life sciences. By providing learning in an “active” environment, museums offer all ages a different way to learn, fostering lifelong interests. Active learning environments such as those offered by museums allow for choice and encourage problem solving, critical thinking skills, and creativity on the part of the participant. Meaningful learning takes place when individuals choose their own path in this manner.
Iowa Museum Week is an initiative of the Iowa Museum Association, the only statewide organization providing professional development for museum staff and volunteers, advocacy on behalf of all museums, and providing a statewide communication network in order to build a strong community of museums in Iowa.
Iowa’s approximately 400 museums include arboretums, archives, art centers, art museums, aquariums, botanical gardens, children’s museums, cultural centers, ethnic museums, historic cemeteries, history museums, historic sites, historical societies, historic theaters, living history sites, military museums, nature centers, natural history museums, planetariums, presidential libraries, science centers, sports museums, university museums and zoos. While these organizations are different in many ways, they are all educational collecting organizations, providing careful stewardship of those collections for future generations, and offering educational opportunities for all ages.
To find a museum near you, visit www.iowamuseums.org
and use the “Locate a Museum” feature. For more information on Iowa museums or the Iowa Museum Association, please visit www.iowamuseums.org or contact Cynthia Sweet at firstname.lastname@example.org.