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.
Museums Advocacy Day 2015 By the Numbers Museums Advocacy Day
is a unique and powerful opportunity to network with colleagues and bring a united message directly to Capitol Hill, but you don't have to be in Washington, D.C. to join the effort and make an impact. Museums Advocacy Day 2015 resulted in:
- More than 250 advocates in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 23–24
- 350 Congressional offices visited in all 50 states
- Over 1,873 #museumsadvocacy tweets
- Two powerful Great American Museum Advocates
- Over 40 national, state and regional partners
- Five federal agencies provided information about their priorities and activities
- Multiple radio, print and television stories
- Six congressional champions
- Twelve updated Issue Briefs
- One mobile app
Join the Cause: Advocate from Anywhere
It's not too late to get involved in advocacy for your museum. You can use our Publicity Tools
to maximize your visibility or use our How To guide to invite your legislators to meet locally
. Use our templates to send a letter to Congress in support of IMLS
funding, protecting the charitable deduction
or about museums role in education
. Follow, post and share #museumsadvocacy on Facebook
Meeting with legislators' offices? Complete your Online Meeting Report.
Museums Advocacy Day 2015 photos now available!
House and Senate Support for the IMLS Office of Museum Services
As reported in recent Alliance Advocacy Alerts, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and David McKinley (R-WV) recently circulated letters urging the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to provide robust funding in FY 2016 for the Office of Museum Services (OMS) at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Thank you to the many advocates who called, emailed and sent letters to legislators asking them to support this important effort!
We are working with the champion offices to gather final letters and signatories, and will report out the results of this year's effort soon.