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Advocacy Alert!

The FY 2018 budget request to Congress included $23 million for administrative expenses to begin a closeout of operations of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) starting in Fiscal Year 2018. 

Contact your legislators to express your continued support for IMLS and other federal agencies facing elimination.

Tell Congress: Support Full Funding for IMLS Office of Museum Services

Tell Congress: Support NEA and NEH Funding

Find your Elected Officials

MPMA Urges Museums to Sign Fieldwide Letter to Congress

Join AAM and National Advocacy Partners in an Effort to Mobilize Museums in Support of Key Federal Agencies

As part of an ongoing effort to protect funding for key federal agencies that support museums,we are asking museums and related organizations to sign on to a fieldwide letter to Congress

The stakes couldn't be higher, and we need your urgent help.  

"[We] urge you to support Fiscal Year 2018 federal funding for programs and agencies that help America's museums serve their communities... Many of these small but vital initiatives-including the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)-are targeted for elimination in the president's [FY2018] budget proposal."

         -excerpt from the fieldwide sign-on letter to Congress

The letter urges congressional leaders to reject efforts to eliminate funding for federal agencies such as IMLS, NEA, and NEH, and instead urges Congress to support funding  for programs and agencies that help America's museums serve their communities.


Note: This letter is for museums and related organizations only. Individuals can continue to advocate for museums using AAM's tools and templates

MPMA members and museums in our region join together as one voice to advocate for all museums

About MPMA's Advocacy

MPMA staff and board members attend Museum Advocacy Day each year.

MPMA advocates for members at the regional and national level and represents the region at the AAM Council of Regional Associations (CRA). The CRA discusses and advises AAM on trends and issues from around the nation. 

MPMA members are encouraged to inform MPMA staff and board members about issues and trends from the field so they can be conveyed to this national body. 

Members are also encouraged to alert MPMA to any situation that may require helping public officials understand the beneficial role of museums in a local community or state.

Do you have an issue you need help with?

Contact: MPMA's Advocacy Chair, Rick Young:


MPMA's Executive Director, Deb Arenz:

All confidential requests will be honored


Economic Impact Statements demonstrate your museum's impact on your community to legislators and funders:  Samples

How To Guide: This is a step-by-step guide for making appointments and discussing issues.

Issues Briefs: click here to get the most briefs on topics important to the field as developed by AAM

Advocacy Alerts: Keep up with breaking issues in the field that need advocacy here

MPMA Policy on Advocacy Engagement

Advocacy Day

The annual Museums Advocacy Day takes place over two days in February at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Advocates from around the country are given issue briefings, political updates, and training on how to set up meetings with elected officials and successfully discuss matters of importance to the field. The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) hosts Advocacy Day and arranges all appointments in D.C. 

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