The Alliance closely tracks several legislative and policy issues affecting museums—including funding for grant-making federal agencies, tax incentives for charitable giving and education policy. See the Issue Briefs (PDFs) and related information below for a detailed look at these priorities and how policymakers can advance them.
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Museums and the Economy
Alliance Joins Over 300 Travel Organizations to Support Brand USA Reauthorization
Elementary and Secondary Education
CEF Responds to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's FY15 Budget Proposal
1,065 Organizations Support Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education FY15 Appropriations
December 2013 CEF Letter on Omnibus/Balanced Budget Act
October 2013 CEF Letter to Budget Conferees
Committee for Education Funding (CEF) FY14 Education Funding Letter
922 Organizations Support Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education FY14 Appropriations
National Endowment for the Humanities
FY 2015 House Interior Testimony
November 2013 Letter on NEA/NEH Support
National Endowment for the Arts
Arts Issue: The Arts Require Timely Service (ARTS) Provision Coalition Letter
Historic Preservation Issue Brief Alliance Joins Effort to Protect Historic Properties
Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Issue Brief
Ethics and Best Practices for Museums Issue Brief
Following the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of a budget containing language that mischaracterizes museums and the federal agencies that support them, 66 national, regional and state museum associations joined the American Alliance of Museums in expressing concerns about the language and urging the House Budget Committee to reconsider this language. Read the letter.
On May 7, a Pennsylvania State Senate committee held a hearing on SB1070, the Pennsylvania Museum Preservation Act, a bill to provide $9.5 million in grants to museums each year, to be administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. One criteria for these awards will be participation in Alliance excellence programs, with the pledge of excellence required for eligibility in the first two years, after which an eligible museum will need to have its core documents approved. |
See the Alliance letter of support for the bill.
|Federal Funding & Sequestration NDD Letter (October 2013) |
|Georgia Archives Letter to Governor Deal (September 2012) |
Capitol Hill Briefings
The Alliance is pleased to announce a ground-breaking report on health-related programs at museums nationwide. A June 17, 2013 Capitol Hill briefing featured remarks from Cummer Museum and Gardens (Jacksonville, FL), Field Museum (Chicago, IL), Newark Museum (Newark, NJ), Please Touch Museum (Philadelphia, PA) and the Association of Art Museum Directors.