Nothing has a more powerful impact on members of Congress than hearing directly from their constituents. Here are some current issues and ways to get involved.
Museums Advocacy Day brings together the entire museum field to make the case that museums are economic drivers, key providers of education and community anchors. Museums Advocacy Day is a unique and powerful event, offering an opportunity to network with colleagues and to join forces to take the message directly to Capitol Hill.
But you don't have to be in Washington, D.C. to make a difference.
Will Your Representative Support the IMLS Office of Museum Services?
U.S. Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and David McKinley (R-WV) are currently circulating a letter urging the House Appropriations Committee to provide robust funding in FY 2016 for the Office of Museum Services (OMS) at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Ask your U.S. Representative to sign this letter
Are Museums Jobs Creators?
We know that museums create and support jobs, but do your legislators think so?
Legislators need to know how your museum impacts your community. You can start with a just few key pieces of data to personalize and complete our basic Economic Impact template. Then get creative! Put the data on your museum's letterhead, add photos of visitors enjoying the museum or additional data about the value of your museum in your community. See samples from other museums.