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Advocacy Alert!

The president's proposed FY2019 budget again calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The budget document can be found here:

Read IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew's Statement on the President's Proposed FY 2019 Budget.

MPMA will be sending our board president and executive director to D.C. for Museums Advocacy Day 2018 in a few weeks to advocate on the part of our regional museums.

Read this statement on how YOU can help the American Alliance of Museums advocate for our country's museums and cultural institutions.

Make sure your voice is heard on issues affecting museums. Contact your elected officials through the link below.

Find your Elected Officials

A 2017 American Alliance of Museums/Oxford Economics study offers stunning data on the economic impact of U.S. museums on the United States.

Thanks to AAM, we are able to share these state-by-state infographics for our region.

Interested in how IMLS, the NEH, and the NEA have financially impacted your state? Search their online grant lists here:


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, February 26-27, 2018, 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.

More details for 2018 Museum Advocacy Day

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