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The Arts, Humanities and Museums Need Your Voice...

03/19/2017 7:12 PM | Anonymous

The Federal Budget proposed by the White House includes complete elimination of (among other things):

 The Institute for Museum & Library Services

The National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Arts

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (PBS, NPR)

To see a copy of the proposed budget for yourself:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/apps/g/page/politics/president-trumps-first-budget-proposal/2179/

To read a summary of the budget plan from NPR go to:

http://www.npr.org/2017/03/16/520305293/trump-to-unveil-hard-power-budget-that-boosts-military-spending

If these programs are important to you and your museum, now is the time to act. 

The National Humanities Alliance has begun a phone and email campaign to fight the cut back.  Follow the following link to participate and voice your opinion.

http://www.nhalliance.org/nhablog

Here are some tools to use from AAM to advocate for your museum and community.

Join the Cause: Advocate from Anywhere

You don't have to be in Washington, D.C. to make the case for museums. The stakes have never been higher and every voice matters. Use the advocacy tools below to join the cause and Speak Up for Museums during Museums Advocacy Day and throughout the year.

Take Action: Contact Congress

Throughout the year Congress considers many legislative issues affecting museums. Our template messages make communicating with your legislators easy. The templates include key issue information. You personalize and send messages to your legislators with just a few clicks.

Invite Your Legislators to Meet Locally

We’ve made it easy to engage with your legislators locally with our step by step guide. Now you can make the case without traveling all the way to Washington, D.C.

Maximize Your Efforts: Updated Publicity Tools

Use our updated publicity tools to raise the visibility of your museum and your advocacy efforts in your local press. These pieces can be used by Museums Advocacy Day participants and those advocating from home. Each item can be customized for your museum or organization. Tools (in Microsoft Word) include a template press releasemedia pitcheducationeconomic impact and charitable giving op-eds and more. Let us know how your press outreach goes.

Improve Your Advocacy Skills

We offer a deep bench of advocacy resources and tools to make it easy for you to join the cause and make the case for your museum and the cause of museums, no matter your current position or advocacy experience level. Get started today.

Speak Up for Museums on Social Media

Use #museumsadvocacy and #museumsadvocacy2017 to join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Share our posts and tweets and your own photos. Post positive comments about your interaction with legislators, and don't forget to  "Like" and "Follow" your legislators (our directory listings include Facebook, Twitter and YouTube information for legislators).

Museums Advocacy Day Social Media Information

See our new state-by-state snapshots of NEA, NEH and IMLS funding for museums and share them with your legislators on social media!


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