Advocacy Alert: March 12

Museums Advocacy Day Roundup and How You Can Help Today

On February 24-25, more than 300 advocates made the case for museums in Washington, DC as part of the sixth annual Museums Advocacy Day. In total, advocates visited 335 Congressional offices in all 50 states to make the case for federal funding, charitable giving incentives, and the educational and economic impact of museums. Way to go, advocates!

We want to take a moment to acknowledge those who made Museums Advocacy Day such a success:

  • Thank you to our many supporters and sponsors—including key partners AASLH, AZA, ACM, ASMD, APGA, WMA, AAMD, ASTC, CAM, NEMA, AMM, CAMM, FAM, ATRRM, IAM and our corporate sponsors Blackbaud, Solomon Group, Board Effect, Stray Boots and WOLF Consulting.
  • Thank you to special guests Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO William Pate and Host of the Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum Don Wildman for their moving remarks during the Congressional Breakfast.
  • Thank you to our federal agency leaders from IMLS, NEH, NEA, NSF and NPS who shared valuable information with advocates about each agency's grants and initiatives.
  • Thank you to our Congressional honorees—Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY)—who attended our Congressional Reception and pledged their continued support to museums.
  • Thank you to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) for spearheading the Senate letter and Reps. Paul Tonko (D-NY), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Michael Grimm (R-NY), and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) for spearheading the House letter in support of IMLS funding.
  • Thank you to our Great American Museum Advocates, Simone Batiste and Spencer Hahn and their families, who traveled to Washington, DC to tell the story of how a museum changed their lives. And thank you to the Chabot Space & Science Center and The Children's Museum of Indianapolis for sharing these stories with us.
  • Thank you to those who joined the conversation over social media, including the members of Congress who posted pictures on their social media feeds and those who downloaded our first-ever Museums Advocacy Day mobile app. There were over 1,100 #museumsadvocacy tweets this year!
  • Thank you to everyone who made a tax-deductible contribution to support Museums Advocacy Day and our year-round advocacy efforts.

It’s not too late to join the cause. Here’s what you can still do: