Demand Elected Officials Support Museum Services Now


Dear public servant:

I am writing to ask you to sign on to the appropriations letter being circulated by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, requesting funding for the Office of Museum Services (OMS) at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). It is funded through the Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary federal agency responsible for supporting the nation's 17,500+ museums. Its Office of Museum Services awards grants to museums of all types for educational programming, technology upgrades, and preservation of treasured collections.

Museums are economic engines and play an essential role in the nation's educational infrastructure, spending more than $2 billion a year on education. They are also community anchors, addressing challenges in the fields of healthcare, energy, disabilities, and poverty.

Kindest regards,

J Q Public

For more information or to sign on to this letter, please contact Kathryn Tanner with US Senator Gillibrand at

The deadline to sign this letter is close of business on Wednesday, April 24.

The American Alliance of Museums, which was formerly the American Association of Museums is the one organization that supports all museums. Through advocacy and excellence, the Alliance strengthens the museum community. They support 21,000 museums, individuals and companies by:

Developing standards and best practices

Providing resources and career development

Advocating for museums to thrive

Who They Are

art museums
history museums
science museums
military and maritime museums
youth museums
botanical gardens
historic sites
science and technology centers
museum-service companies
state museum associations
regional museum associations