Shaker Historical Society

Museums, libraries and art galleries help to educate our nation, help to drive our economy, help to preserve the legacy of our varied and joint heritage and serve as ambassadors to the millions of foreign visitors who come to this country to learn about America. This is all at risk. We urge you to contact Senator Rob Portman and ask him to sign the American Alliance for Museum’s letter found here http://www.congressweb.com/AAM/56  and preserve funding to these important federal agencies. Please also THANK Rep. Fudge and Rep. Brown for their support!

 

Sen Portman at Address: 1240 E 9th St #3061, Cleveland, OH 44199 Phone:(216) 522-7095;

Sen Brown, 200 North High St. Room 614 Columbus, OH 43215  tel (614) 469-2083 fax (614) 469-2171 Toll Free 1-888-896-OHIO (6446);

Rep Marcia Fudge Address: 4834 Richmond Rd # 150, Cleveland, OH 44128 Phone: (216) 522-4900.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are many ways to make your voice heard. If you appreciate art and culture, please join me in speaking in favor of IMLS, NEH and NEA.

Record Support in the House of Representatives for Museum Funding

In any normal year, spring can be a very busy time in Congress as advocates for nearly every federal program make their case to legislators. In case you haven’t heard, this is not a normal year. The tension, the uncertainty, and the stakes on Capitol Hill have all been ratcheted up even further; in part by a new president whose preliminary budget proposes deep cuts across a wide range of federal agencies. But despite these conditions, museum advocates have managed to once again make their voices heard. Last week, a record 166 U.S. Representatives joined a letter calling for robust funding in Fiscal Year 2018 for the Office of Museum Services (OMS) at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). 

“It is gratifying to see such a strong display of bipartisan support, with a record number of Democrats and a record number of Republicans standing up for the Office of Museum Services,” said Alliance President and CEO Laura Lott. “We have a lot of work ahead of us, but now is a great time to take a moment and thank your legislators who signed this letter. We also couldn’t have built this support without four of our champions in Congress: U.S. Representatives Paul Tonko, Leonard Lance, Louise Slaughter, and David McKinley.”

This progress in Congress is possible in part due to a record-breaking showing at Museums Advocacy Day 2017, when over 380 museum supporters from all 50 states made the case in 423 congressional offices. Advocates continued to make the case online, responding to Alliance advocacy alerts this year with more than 23,000 emails and calls to their legislators. Letters in support of funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities also received impressive support in the U.S. House of Representatives. Thank you to all of the partner organizations and advocates who took action! 

What You Can Do: Thank Legislators on Social Media

Legislators need to know that their actions are noticed and appreciated by the museums they represent. So here’s the best way to thank them:

  1. Use our Legislator Lookup page to find your Representative and their Facebook and Twitter accounts.
  2. Check the list at the bottom of this alert to see if your Representative signed.
  3. Say “Thank You!” You can use our sample posts to get started. Be sure to use #museumsadvocacy. Also tag the Alliance (@AAMers) and your legislators in your posts and tweets.

Sample Social Media Posts:

  • Facebook - Museums are essential! We join the American Alliance of Museums in thanking [Rep. _______________ ] for signing on to this year’s OMS letter and for your support of [your museum]. #museumsadvocacy
  • Facebook - [Your museum name] is essential in our community. We join the American Alliance of Museums in thanking [Rep. _______________ ] for signing this year’s OMS letter in support of funding for museums. #museumsadvocacy
  • Twitter - [Your museum] thanks [Rep. _______________ ] for signing on to this year’s OMS letter! Museums are essential. #museumsadvocacy
  • Twitter - Thank you [Rep. _______________ ] for signing on to this year’s OMS letter and supporting [your museum name]! @AAMers #museumsadvocacy 

Coming Soon: Senate Letter of Support
After a strong showing in the House of Representatives, this effort now moves to the United States Senate, where we expect a similar letter of support to begin circulating very soon. If you haven’t already done so, please help maintain this momentum by urging your Senators to sign on.
 
Tell Senators: Sign on to Support the Office of Museum Services
 
FY 2018 House Office of Museum Services Letter Signers
Letter leaders in bold below.     
 

 Alma

 Adams

 (D-NC)

 Karen

 Bass

 (D-CA)

 Joyce

 Beatty

 (D-OH)

 Ami

 Bera

 (D-CA)

 Donald

 Beyer Jr.

 (D-VA)

 Sanford

 Bishop Jr.

 (D-GA)

 Earl

 Blumenauer

 (D-OR)

 Suzanne

 Bonamici

 (D-OR)

 Brendan

 Boyle

 (D-PA)

 Robert

 Brady

 (D-PA)

 Susan

 Brooks

 (R-IN)

 Anthony

 Brown

 (D-MD)

 Julia

 Brownley

 (D-CA)

 Cheri

 Bustos

 (D-IL)

 G. K.

 Butterfield

 (D-NC)

 Michael

 Capuano

 (D-MA)

 Salud

 Carbajal

 (D-CA)

 Tony

 Cárdenas

 (D-CA)

 André

 Carson

 (D-IN)

 Kathy

 Castor

 (D-FL)

 Judy

 Chu

 (D-CA)

 David

 Cicilline

 (D-RI)

 Yvette

 Clarke

 (D-NY)

 Wm. Lacy

 Clay

 (D-MO)

 Emanuel

 Cleaver

 (D-MO)

 Mike

 Coffman

 (R-CO)

 Steve

 Cohen

 (D-TN)

 Chris

 Collins

 (R-NY)

 Barbara

 Comstock

 (R-VA)

 Gerald

 Connolly

 (D-VA)

 John

 Conyers, Jr.

 (D-MI)

 Joe

 Courtney

 (D-CT)

 Kevin

 Cramer

 (R-ND)

 Charlie

 Crist

 (D-FL)

 Danny

 Davis

 (D-IL)

 Susan

 Davis

 (D-CA)

 Peter

 DeFazio

 (D-OR)

 Diana

 DeGette

 (D-CO)

 John

 Delaney

 (D-MD)

 Mark

 DeSaulnier

 (D-CA)

 Theodore

 Deutch

 (D-FL)

 Debbie

 Dingell

 (D-MI)

 Lloyd

 Doggett

 (D-TX)

 Dan

 Donovan

 (R-NY)

 Mike

 Doyle

 (D-PA)

 Keith

 Ellison

 (D-MN)

 Eliot

 Engel

 (D-NY)

 Anna

 Eshoo

 (D-CA)

 Elizabeth

 Esty

 (D-CT)

 Dwight

 Evans

 (D-PA)

 John

 Faso

 (R-NY)

 Bill

 Foster

 (D-IL)

 Marcia

 Fudge

 (D-OH)

 Tulsi

 Gabbard

 (D-HI)

 Ruben

 Gallego

 (D-AZ)

 John

 Garamendi

 (D-CA)

 Jenniffer

 González-Colón

 (R-PR)

 Josh

 Gottheimer

 (D-NJ)

 Raul

 Grijalva

 (D-AZ)

 Luis

 Gutiérrez

 (D-IL)

 Colleen

 Hanabusa

 (D-HI)

 Alcee

 Hastings

 (D-FL)

 Denny

 Heck

 (D-WA)

 Brian

 Higgins

 (D-NY)

 James

 Himes

 (D-CT)

 Jared

 Huffman

 (D-CA)

 Will

 Hurd

 (R-TX)

 Sheila

 Jackson Lee

 (D-TX)

 Pramila

 Jayapal

 (D-WA)

 Hakeem

 Jeffries

 (D-NY)

 Eddie Bernice

 Johnson

 (D-TX)

 Henry

 Johnson, Jr.

 (D-GA)

 William

 Keating

 (D-MA)

 Robin

 Kelly

 (D-IL)

 Joe

 Kennedy

 (D-MA)

 Ruben

 Kihuen

 (D-NV)

 Dan

 Kildee

 (D-MI)

 Ron

 Kind

 (D-WI)

 Raja

 Krishnamoorthi

 (D-IL)

 Ann McLane

 Kuster

 (D-NH)

 Leonard

 Lance

 (R-NJ)

 James

 Langevin

 (D-RI)

 John

 Larson

 (D-CT)

 Brenda

 Lawrence

 (D-MI)

 Al

 Lawson

 (D-FL)

 Barbara

 Lee

 (D-CA)

 Sander

 Levin

 (D-MI)

 John

 Lewis

 (D-GA)

 Ted

 Lieu

 (D-CA)

 Dan

 Lipinski

 (D-IL)

 Dave

 Loebsack

 (D-IA)

 Zoe

 Lofgren

 (D-CA)

 Alan

 Lowenthal

 (D-CA)

 Ben Ray

 Luján

 (D-NM)

 Michelle

 Lujan Grisham

 (D-NM)

 Stephen

 Lynch

 (D-MA)

 Carolyn

 Maloney

 (D-NY)

 Sean Patrick

 Maloney

 (D-NY)

 Doris

 Matsui

 (D-CA)

 A. Donald

 McEachin

 (D-VA)

 James

 McGovern

 (D-MA)

 David

 McKinley

 (R-WV)

 Jerry

 McNerney

 (D-CA)

 Gregory

 Meeks

 (D-NY)

 Gwen

 Moore

 (D-WI)

 Seth

 Moulton

 (D-MA)

 Stephanie

 Murphy

 (D-FL)

 Tim

 Murphy

 (R-PA)

 Jerrold

 Nadler

 (D-NY)

 Richard

 Neal

 (D-MA)

 Donald

 Norcross

 (D-NJ)

 Eleanor Holmes 

 Norton

 (D-DC)

 Tom

 O’Halleran

 (D-AZ)

 Beto

 O'Rourke

 (D-TX)

 Frank

 Pallone, Jr.

 (D-NJ)

 Bill

 Pascrell, Jr.

 (D-NJ)

 Donald

 Payne, Jr.

 (D-NJ)

 Ed

 Perlmutter

 (D-CO)

 Scott

 Peters

 (D-CA)

 Collin

 Peterson

 (D-MN)

 Chellie

 Pingree

 (D-ME)

 Stacey

 Plaskett

 (D-VI)

 Mark

 Pocan

 (D-WI)

 Jared

 Polis

 (D-CO)

 Mike

 Quigley

 (D-IL)

 Kathleen

 Rice

 (D-NY)

 Cedric

 Richmond

 (D-LA)

 Ileana

 Ros-Lehtinen

 (R-FL)

 Jacky

 Rosen

 (D-NV)

 Dennis

 Ross

 (R-FL)

 C.A. Dutch

 Ruppersberger

 (D-MD)

 Bobby

 Rush

 (D-IL)

 Linda

 Sánchez

 (D-CA)

 John

 Sarbanes

 (D-MD)

 Jan

 Schakowsky

 (D-IL)

 Adam

 Schiff

 (D-CA)

 Bradley

 Schneider

 (D-IL)

 David

 Scott

 (D-GA)

 Robert

 Scott

 (D-VA)

 Pete

 Sessions

 (R-TX)

 Carol

 Shea-Porter

 (D-NH)

 Kyrsten

 Sinema

 (D-AZ)

 Albio

 Sires

 (D-NJ)

 Louise

 Slaughter

 (D-NY)

 Adam

 Smith

 (D-WA)

 Darren

 Soto

 (D-FL)

 Jackie

 Speier

 (D-CA)

 Elise

 Stefanik

 (R-NY)

 Eric

 Swalwell

 (D-CA)

 Mark

 Takano

 (D-CA)

 Mike

 Thompson

 (D-CA)

 Scott

 Tipton

 (R-CO)

 Dina

 Titus

 (D-NV)

 Paul

 Tonko

 (D-NY)

 Niki

 Tsongas

 (D-MA)

 Marc

 Veasey

 (D-TX)

 Filemon

 Vela

 (D-TX)

 Nydia

 Velazquez

 (D-NY)

 Tim

 Walz

 (D-MN)

 Bonnie

 Watson Coleman 

 (D-NJ)

 Peter

 Welch

 (D-VT

 Frederica

 Wilson

 (D-FL)

 Joe

 Wilson

 (R-SC)

 John

 Yarmuth

 (D-KY)

 Ted

 Yoho

 (R-FL)

 Don

 Young

 (R-AK)

 
  

Here is the AAM’s announcement:

Trump Budget Proposes Billions in Cuts, Including Elimination of IMLS, NEH and NEA

This morning, the Trump Administration formally proposed eliminating the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in its preliminary budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018. These eliminations are part of a package that the administration projects would cut $54 billion in domestic spending in order to offset an identical increase in defense spending. Although a full budget proposal is not expected from the Administration until May, this document also appears to target museum-related programs at the Department of Education, the Department of State, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
 
“While these proposals from the Trump Administration were rumored for some time, they are no less alarming and disturbing to see released today. The Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and other programs play an essential role in helping museums make the arts and the humanities accessible to all Americans,” said Alliance President and CEO Laura Lott. “It is Congress—not the President—that will ultimately determine funding levels for these vital agencies. After a record-setting presence at Museums Advocacy Day 2017, the Alliance will continue to work with our allies to build on Congress’ tradition of strong bipartisan support for these agencies. We hope you will join our efforts today.”
 
Congressional Budget Process Kicks Off; Make Your Voice Heard



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