Advocacy Alert: April 18, 2012

Record Number of Members of Congress Sign Letters Supporting Museum Funding; Please send “Thank You” Today!

Congratulations, advocates! Thanks to your requests to your legislators, 86 Representatives and 18 Senators signed on to the “Dear Colleague” letters circulated in Congress. These letters are a critical part of the process to set funding levels for important programs like the Office of Museum Services at IMLS. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) led the Senate effort and Reps. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) and Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) led the effort in the House. More than 1,000 letters and emails were sent to Congress in the weeks following Museums Advocacy Day, which led to a 45 percent increase in House signers over last year.

“Today, I want to thank our museum advocates for sending more than 1,000 letters and emails to Capitol Hill in support of increased funding for the IMLS Office of Museum Services,” said AAM President Ford W. Bell . “I also want to encourage our advocates to say ‘thank you' to the 104 members of Congress who supported our request. Especially at a time when Congress has difficult budget choices to make, we need to let them know how much their support means to us.” Please click here to thank your Representatives and Senators who signed on to this letter.

Don't Forget - Minneapolis Advocacy & AAM Virtual Conference

There are several opportunities to engage in advocacy at the upcoming AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo. Not able to make it to Minneapolis Saint Paul? Gather a group of colleagues and create an annual meeting experience of your own. The AAM Virtual Conference returns! Check out the sessions and register today.