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Nearly 950 Museums Join Fieldwide Letter to Congress

Category: Advocacy Alert
Photo of the U.S. Capitol building DC, Photo by E.Neely

We are thrilled to announce that museum advocates have spoken loud and clear to congressional leaders; nearly 950 museums and related organizations signed on to a letter to save the key federal programs that help museums serve their communities.

Drafted following President Trump’s budget proposal to eliminate key federal agencies, the fieldwide letter urges Congress to support these small but vital initiatives—including the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)which collectively provided over 600 grants to museums in 2016.

Thank you to our many partner organizations including AAMD, AASLH, ACM, AIC, APGA, ASTC, AZA, and NCH, and the dozens of national, regional, and state museum associations that helped us spread the word.

See which other organizations signed on in your state.

Now What?

We will keep you posted as Congress considers funding for Fiscal Year 2018. In the meantime, you can help advance the cause by taking these steps:

  • Use AAM’s customizable templates to contact your members of Congress. Let them know how important charitable gifts are in your operating budget, or share information about your most recent federal grant.
  • Plan to attend the (10th annual!) Museums Advocacy Day, February 26-27, 2018, in Washington, DC. Registration will open in the fall.
  • Donate Now to help us build on our momentum as we plan for the coming budget battles.

Thank you for your continued support!

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