FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 31, 2017
ARLINGTON, VA ─ Laura Lott, President and CEO of the American Alliance of Museums, the only organization representing the entire scope of the museum community, issued the following statement today:
Our hearts are with our colleagues and their communities in Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana as we watch the devastating images and news coming out in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and with those who remain in the storm’s path.
The Alliance is in communication with our member museums in the area, as well as the Texas Association of Museums. We have shared our emergency response resources widely with colleagues in the region, and we encourage others in the field to take a moment to review their own emergency preparedness plans.
AAM is a member of the National Heritage Emergency Task Force and is working with federal agencies and nonprofit organizations on the Task Force to respond to the needs of affected cultural organizations.
Lastly, we encourage museum professionals to support organizations that have established relief funds for cultural institutions affected by Hurricane Harvey, including:
The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. Representing more than 35,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, institutions, and corporate partners serving the museum field, the Alliance stands for the broad scope of the museum community. For more information, visit www.aam-us.org.
Director of Public Relations