You don’t have to be in Washington, D.C., to make a difference. Let your legislators know how you feel about supporting our cultural institutions. Use the links to the right to find your legislators and contact them.
IMLS is the primary federal agency responsible for helping museums connect people to information and ideas. Its Office of Museum Services (OMS) supports all types of museums— including aquariums, arboretums, art museums, botanical gardens, children’s museums, historic sites, history museums, military museums, natural history museums, nature centers, planetariums, science & technology centers, zoos, and more—in their work to educate students, preserve collections, coordinate resources, and digitize collections. The IMLS strategic plan for 2012-2016 aims to help museums place the learner at the center of the museum experience, promote museums as strong community anchors, support museum stewardship of their collections, advise the President and Congress on how to sustain and increase public access to information and ideas, and to be a model independent federal agency maximizing value for the American public
Charitable giving is the lifeblood of museums of all sizes and disciplines; it accounts for more than one-third of their operating funds. With economic uncertainty limiting ticket revenues and spending cuts at all levels of government, limits on the charitable deduction could devastate many museums’ budgets.
Each year, museums spend more than $2.2 billion on educational programming and provide more than 18 million instructional hours to students and teachers. Educational programming and experiences in museums foster critical, creative and innovative thinking, addressing national education initiatives such as 21st Century Skills and STEM/STEAM. These skills are essential to lifelong learning and an active democratic society.
Send a letter to your members of Congress about issues affecting museums.