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Ways to Advocate Today

Create an Economic Impact Statement for your museum. 
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Read current issue briefs on legislation and policy. 
Invite your elected officials to visit your museum.

Legislative Record

Use this members-only resource to see where elected officials stand on key issues for museums.

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The American Alliance of Museums works to unite the country’s museums from art museums to zoos. Each year, approximately 850 million visitors pass through our hallways and experience important lessons about the past, present and future.

The Alliance helps museums tell our story and promotes a deeper understanding of museums with policymakers, the press and the public.

Museums Advocacy Day 2012

Alliance President Ford Bell Testifies Before Congress

American Alliance of Museums President Ford Bell appeared before a House Appropriations Subcommittee on April 10, requesting funding for key museum programs within its purview, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian Institution, and historic preservation programs. See his full written testimony emphasizing museums’ educational, economic, and community impact.

Record Support in Congress for Museum Funding 

Museum champions in Congress are once again leading the effort to support funding for the Office of Museum Services (OMS) at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). In recent weeks, a record 119 Representatives and 29 Senators signed letters in support of robust funding for OMS.

See how to thank your legislators who signed on.

Don Wildman Submits Alliance IMLS Testimony

Museum advocate and host of the Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum, Don Wildman, once again joined the Alliance in speaking up for federal support for museums. See the full testimony submitted to the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, urging full funding for the Office of Museum Services at IMLS.

Museums Advocacy Day • Feb. 24-25

Museums Advocacy Day is a powerful, annual field-wide opportunity to make a unified case to Congress in support of museums. Send a letter to Congress in support of IMLS funding, protecting the charitable deduction or about the role of museums in education. Get our tools and get involved today. Also see the photos or complete the online meeting report for your meetings.