Advocacy Alert: Dec. 21, 2011

Legislative Update and Our Heartfelt Thanks

As 2011 comes to a close, Congress has finalized funding for IMLS and other federal agencies and, unfortunately, budgets were once again cut. Here is a final recap on where things stand, a review of some 2011 accomplishments and opportunities for advocacy in the new year.

BREAKING NEWS: FY12 Funding Finalized

Funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services has again been reduced as Congress reached agreement on final spending levels for FY12. The bill, H.R. 2055, is expected to be signed by President Obama this week and will provide:

  • $30.918 million for the Office of Museum Services (OMS) at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a decrease from the current $31.5 million
  • $146.255 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), a $8.435 million decrease from the current (FY11) level
  • $146.255 million for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), a decrease of $8.435 million* 
    * Note: All programs are subject to a .189% across the board reduction.

THANK YOU for Raising Your Voice on Capitol Hill

  • Museums Advocacy Day: In February, AAM and 59 national, regional and state museum associations brought 310 advocates to Washington, DC, for two days of policy briefings and meetings on Capitol Hill.
  • Social Media: Thousands of you took part in Museums Advocacy Day from home through tweets, Facebook posts and otherwise promoting our letters to Congress.
  • Advocacy Alerts: Throughout the year, more than 3,500 letters and emails were sent to Capitol Hill in response to AAM's calls-to-action. Congress heard from you about IMLS funding, the role of museums in education policy, amendments targeting NEA and NEH, charitable giving incentives and threats to transportation museums.  

THANK YOU for Supporting  Let's Move! Museums & Gardens

  • White House Partnership: AAM was proud to work with First Lady Michelle Obama, IMLS, and other partners to launch a national campaign to highlight efforts by museums to promote health food choices and physical activity.
  • 500 Leading Museums: More than 500 museums of all types have signed on.

THANK YOU for Committing to Advocacy in 2012

  • 2012 Museums Advocacy Day: Join us,  learn more or book your room (Special Rate - $159).
  • Be Heard: Sign up for our advocacy alerts and take action.
  • Free Webinars
    • Register now for the upcoming FREE Jan. 10 online advocacy program, What is Museums Advocacy Day? (Learn more .)
    • Register now for the upcoming FREE Jan. 17 online advocacy program, Advocacy 201: Take Your Advocacy to the Next Level. (Learn more.)
  • Get Your Board Involved: Got too much on your plate?  Put Advocacy on your next board meeting agenda and discuss how they would like to get involved in 2012.
  • Register to Vote: Find out your state's deadlines and how you can register here or post this web sticker on your website to help people register to vote.