For Immediate Release
ARLINGTON, VA—Laura Lott, President and CEO of the American Alliance of Museums, issued the following statement today in response to Fiscal Year 2020 budget proposal details released by the White House, which call for the elimination of multiple agencies that benefit museums, including the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.
“Today, the White House released details that confirm President Trump’s appalling request to Congress for the third time to eliminate key agencies that help museums nationwide serve their communities. These continued threats only reaffirm how critical our ongoing advocacy efforts will be in 2019. President Trump’s misguided proposed cuts have been repeatedly rejected by strong bipartisan support on Capitol Hill. The museum field must continue to work with its allies in Congress on both sides of the aisle to ensure this reckless proposal meets the same fate.
The Alliance remains committed to helping ensure that all legislators understand the profound economic, educational, and community benefits that museums bring their constituents with the help of these vital federal investments. We will continue to bolster the efforts of hundreds of museum advocates from our recent Museums Advocacy Day and museum advocates nationwide, and provide the field with important advocacy updates and tools in the weeks and months ahead.”
About the American Alliance of Museums
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.