The American Alliance of Museums works to unite the country’s museums from art museums to zoos. The Alliance helps museums tell our story and promotes a deeper understanding of museums with policymakers, the press and the public.
Show Off Your Museum During ‘Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum’ Week
The Alliance is excited to announce the fourth annual, field-wide, “Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum Week
,” August 8-15, 2015.
“The most powerful way to demonstrate the vital role that museums play is to invite public officials to see your museum in action,” said Alliance President and CEO Laura L. Lott.
The Alliance provides all the tools you need to find out who represents you
in Congress, send an invitation letter
and prepare for your visits in our complete “How To
Update on IMLS Funding
Since our recent advocacy alert
, the U.S. Senate subcommittee with jurisdiction over labor, health and education spending has advanced its annual funding bill
. Despite cutting $3.6 billion from a number of federal agencies and eliminating many programs, the legislation proposes a slight increase of $141,000 for the Office of Museum Services at the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
In another encouraging development, newly released details
of the House spending plan now show an increase of $831,000 in funding for the Office of Museum Services. Both proposals still face an uncertain future amidst considerable disagreement concerning overall funding levels and various policy provisions, so stay tuned!
Keep the momentum going. Register your support for IMLS museum funding
A key subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives considered its annual legislation providing funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The bill proposes level funding of $146 million each for NEA and NEH, a significant improvement compared to the drastic cuts offered by this subcommittee in recent years. Take 1 minute to register your support for NEA and NEH funding
House Passes Legislation Funding STEM Education Programs
On June 3, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation proposing funding levels for a number of federal agencies, including a few that fund museums’ work in STEM education.
The proposal would increase funding for the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program by $10 million to $65 million overall, maintain level funding of $7.2 million for the Bay Watershed Environmental Training program, and likely lead to the elimination of NOAA’s Competitive Education Grant program. With continued disagreement in Congress about overall federal funding levels, the outlook for this year’s appropriations process is still very uncertain. See our full issue brief