Congress is in recess – what better time to invite your legislators to visit your museum? The American Alliance of Museums has a how-to guide to help you prepare for the visit, and encourages you to use #InviteCongress to share photos and updates on Facebook and Twitter.
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.
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.
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.
For the first time in years, the subcommittee also proposed restoring funding for the Save America’s Treasures program, as requested by Alliance testimony.
If your museum has received a grant from IMLS, NEA, or NEH, the Alliance urges you to show off how these funds are being used during #InviteCongress.