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American Alliance of Museums Statement on the President’s Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2018

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May 23, 2017

Arlington, VA – Laura Lott, President and CEO of the American Alliance of Museums, issued the following statement today in response to the Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal announced today by President Trump, which calls for the elimination of multiple agencies that support the arts and humanities.

“The details of this budget proposal are as appalling as the outline released in March. In addition to shutting down the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Trump Administration has proposed many other significant funding cuts that would hurt museums and the communities they serve. We will continue to work with our bipartisan allies in Congress to reject these destructive proposals, and I encourage everyone who believes in a thriving cultural sector to join our efforts today.”

About the American Alliance of Museums

The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. Representing more than 35,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, institutions, and corporate partners serving the museum field, the Alliance stands for the broad scope of the museum community. For more information, visit

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