Advocacy Alert: July 18

Have you sent your #InviteCongress invitations?  

(Photo: Frist Center for the Visual Arts Executive Director Susan Edwards hosts Congressman Jim Cooper
and members of his staff in August 2015. Photo Credit: Frist Center for the Visual Arts)

Recess is here! Have you reached out to your legislators to invite them to visit your museum?

Now is your chance to show legislators first-hand all that museums are and do in your community.

Your peers and colleagues from Lihue, HI, Longmont, CO and Baltimore, MD have already sent in their requests over our online system. Dozens of legislators have been invited to visit museums of all types around the country. Our tools make it easy to participate.

Have you sent your invitations? Our How To guide also helps you prepare for your visits.
Don’t forget to use #InviteCongress to share photos and updates on Facebook and Twitter and see photos from last year’s visits. Questions? Let us know. We can’t wait to hear about your visits!

Museum Funding Advances in House of Representatives

The House of Representatives approved $149.8 million for the National Endowment for the Arts and $149.8 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities—a $1.9 million increase for each agency—in its FY 2017 Interior spending bill. As in previous years, forty percent of these funds will go directly to state arts agencies and state humanities agencies for regranting locally to museums and other arts and humanities organizations. For the first time in seven years, the House proposed restoring funding for the Save America’s Treasures program, as requested by Alliance testimony.

The House Appropriations Committee also approved a total of $230 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services—including $31.269 million for the Office of Museum Services—in its FY 2017 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill.

You made this happen, advocates!

The overall bill also allocates $1 billion for Student Support and Academic Enrichment State Grants, which replaces numerous competitive grant programs. Because states and school districts have flexibility in how to focus these resources, museums have an opportunity to play a role in helping communities determine educational priorities.

Has your museum received a grant from IMLS, NEA, or NEH?

If so, we urge you to show off how these funds are being used during #InviteCongress.