Sending Office: Honorable Paul Tonko
Support Museums in Your District
Invest in Our Cultural and Educational Infrastructure
Support Funding for the Office of Museum Services
Deadline: Thursday, March 8, 2018
We invite you to join us in signing a bipartisan letter requesting support for the
Office of Museum Services (OMS) within the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education FY 2019 Appropriations bill.
Museums are a vital part of our communities and educational infrastructure. Each year, they invest $2 billion directly in education programs, many of which are tailored to meet state and local curriculums. Museums are economic engines – supporting over
700,000 jobs, spurring local tourism and contributing to the cultural fabric of our nation. They are also beloved by our constituents, drawing over 1 million volunteer hours every week.
Museum attendance continues to increase and educational services are in greater demand than ever. As a result, many are struggling to balance this increasing demand with decreased sources of funding.
For FY 2019, we recommend robust funding to support the important work that the nation’s museums are doing in our communities.
This funding would support crucial technology upgrades, education programs, collections care, community engagement and data collection. Museums frequently leverage modest federal investments with state, local, and private funding to amplify their
When the Institute of Museum and Library Services – the primary federal agency that supports our nation’s museums – was last reauthorized, the legislation cleared both the House and Senate unanimously. The agency is highly accountable, and its competitive,
peer-reviewed grants serve every state.
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Paul Tonko Leonard Lance Louise M. Slaughter David B. McKinley, P.E.
U.S. Representative U.S. Representative U.S. Representative U.S. Representative
Dear Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro,
We write to thank the Subcommittee for its previous support, and to urge you to support robust funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ (IMLS) Office of Museum Services (OMS) in the FY 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education
Despite its small size, the IMLS Office of Museum Services is the largest dedicated source of investment in our nation’s museums, which support over 700,000 jobs and contribute $50 billion annually to the U.S. economy. OMS funding plays a significant role
in this economic impact by helping museums reach more visitors and spur community development. In addition to their economic benefits, OMS grants also support museums’ advancements in areas such as technology, lifelong community learning, and conservation
and preservation. These successes notwithstanding, only a small fraction of the nation’s museums are currently being reached and many highly rated grant applications go unfunded.
The demand for museum services is greater than ever. At a time when school and community resources are strained, museums are working overtime to fill the gaps. Every year, they welcome more than 55 million schoolchildren, bring art, science and cultural
heritage into communities, and partner with other nonprofits to meet the specific needs of their local population. In addition, our nation’s museums are opening their doors to more people than ever with over 850 million visits each year – with many of these
visitors offered free or reduced admission. Museums are also part of a robust nonprofit community working to address a wide range of our nation’s greatest challenges, from conducting medical research to helping veterans heal physically and psychologically,
and from creating energy efficient public buildings to collecting food for needy families.
When the Institute of Museum and Library Services was last reauthorized, the legislation cleared both the House and Senate unanimously. The agency is highly accountable, and its competitive, peer-reviewed grants leverage significant private
resources while supporting museums in every state.
We urge the Subcommittee to support robust funding for the IMLS Office of Museum Services for FY 2019 to support the important work museums are doing in our districts. This vital funding will aid museums of all types and enable them to continue bolstering
the economy, serving our schools and communities, and preserving our cultural heritage for future generations.
Again, we appreciate the Subcommittee’s prior support for OMS and request this investment to strengthen and sustain the work of our nation’s museums.
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