Advocacy Alert: Feb. 29

Continue the Museums Advocacy Day Drumbeat; Ask Your Members of Congress to Sign Museum Funding Letters

Last week, museum advocates visited 368 Congressional offices to make the case that museums are essential educational assets and economic engines worthy of increased federal support. 

Let’s continue the drumbeat by asking members of Congress to sign on to letters urging the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to provide robust funding in FY 2017 for the Office of Museum Services (OMS) at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The letters are being circulated by U.S. Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and David McKinley (R-WV) and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
 
Use our online advocacy tools to ask your members of Congress to sign on today!
 
“Members of Congress are most likely to respond favorably when asked by a constituent; museum advocates saw this first-hand last week when they visited Capitol Hill,” said Ben Kershaw, AAM’s Director of Government Relations. “These appropriations letters are a critical way for legislators to demonstrate their support for museums, and our online system makes it so easy to speak up."

Will you take two minutes to add your voice to the chorus?

The Office of Museum Services is currently receiving $31.3 million, well below its authorized level of $38.6 million.
 
Once you’ve sent your letter, here are some additional ways you can support our advocacy efforts: And if you were on Capitol Hill with us last week for Museums Advocacy Day, please remember to:
  • Send thank you notes to the offices you visited
  • Use our online form to complete your Hill Visit Meeting Reports
  • Complete the attendee survey sent out last week
  • Spread the word in your newsletters, community and media
  • Access electronic versions of the 2016 Advocate Materials