February 12, 2018

American Alliance of Museums Statement on the President’s Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2019

ARLINGTON, VA Laura Lott, President and CEO of the American Alliance of Museums, issued the following statement today in response to the Fiscal Year 2019 budget proposal announced by President Trump, which calls for the elimination of multiple agencies that support the arts and humanities.

“Today, the White House doubled down on its appalling request to eliminate key agencies that help museums nationwide serve their communities. These continued threats only reaffirm how critical our ongoing advocacy efforts will be in 2018. President Trump’s last round of misguided cuts has already been rejected by committees on both sides of Capitol Hill. The museum field must now work with its bipartisan allies in Congress to ensure this reckless proposal meets the same fate.

The Alliance remains committed to helping ensure that all legislators understand the profound economic, educational, and community benefits that museums bring their constituents with the help of these vital federal investments. We look forward to welcoming hundreds of museum advocates to Washington, DC in just two weeks for Museums Advocacy Day, and we will continue to provide the field with important advocacy updates and tools in the weeks and months ahead."

About the American Alliance of Museums

The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. Representing more than 35,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, institutions, and corporate partners serving the museum field, the Alliance stands for the broad scope of the museum community. For more information, visit


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