Advocacy Alert: March 26, 2010

Ask Your Senators to Join the Senate Appropriations Letter Supporting the Office of Museum Services

Great News!  In conjunction with Museums Advocacy Day, Senator Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is circulating a "Dear Colleague" letter in the Senate encouraging her fellow Senators to join their letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee urging $50 million for the Office of Museum Services (OMS) at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This is similar to a separate effort in the House of Representatives—championed by Representatives Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) and Leonard Lance (R-N.J.)—that we alerted you to last week. This is another great opportunity, and we need your help once again!

"The strength of this letter will be determined by how many Senators sign on to it, and they are most likely to do so when asked by a constituent," said AAM President Ford W. Bell. "If enough Senators sign on, it could lead to increased funding for the IMLS Office of Museum Services, which has been level-funded for several years. I applaud the leadership of Senator Gillibrand on this issue."

The letter highlights the many educational and other vital services museums provide to their communities and asks the Appropriations Committee to support $50 million for FY11 (a $14.8 million increase over FY10) for OMS. These funds will help to protect collections nationwide and to help museums continue to meet the increasing demands for their unique programs and services.