Advocacy Alert: March 22

Tell Congress the Importance of IMLS Grants

Especially if your museum serves any of these states—Arizona, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Montana, New York, Texas or Wyoming—Congress needs to hear from you.

The House Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Office of Museum Services (OMS) is currently accepting electronically-submitted written testimony from the public in support of funding for agencies and programs under its jurisdiction.

Subcommittee Members

  • Arizona: Rep. Jeff Flake
  • California: Reps. Jerry Lewis, Lucille Roybal-Allard and Barbara Lee
  • Connecticut: Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (Ranking Member)
  • Georgia: Rep. Jack Kingston
  • Idaho: Michael K. Simpson
  • Illinois: Jesse L. Jackson, Jr.
  • Lousiana: Rodney Alexander
  • Montana: Denny Rehberg (Chairman)
  • New York: Nita M. Lowey
  • Texas: Kay Granger
  • Wyoming: Cynthia M. Lummis
“The 13 Members of the Appropriations Subcommittee will soon begin determining funding levels for federal agencies like IMLS,” said AAM President Ford W. Bell. “And it is important that they know how their districts have benefitted from IMLS grants to museums.”

The deadline for submitting written testimony for the record is Thursday, March 29. Written testimony should be no more than 5 pages, one sided, double spaced and should be submitted electronically—with a Word or PDF attachment—to See the full instructions

Please use the following template to craft your testimony:


Testimony of [Your Name, Your Title]
[Name of Institution]

[City, State]

To the House Appropriations Subcommittee On Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Members

Summary: In support of at least $35 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Office of Museum Services (OMS)

[Statement describing how IMLS-OMS funds have helped your museum better serve its community.] 

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