The Association of Science Museum Directors is a proud supporter of national Museums Advocacy Day, spearheaded by the American Alliance of Museums, in Washington D.C. ASMD again served as a co-convener for the 2019 event on February 25-26. ASMD Executive Director Bonnie Styles joined other association leaders to speak about effective advocacy for museums at the Congressional Breakfast. She visited the offices of senators and representatives who serve on appropriations committees that fund agencies, including IMLS, NEH, NSF, NASA, and NOAA, that provide crucial support for museums and museum programs. She advocated for support for all museums (including science museums), and relayed the importance of science education, scientific collections, and research to society and the planet. In 2019, federal funding for museums will continue to be a major issue and museums are also being significantly impacted by tax reform, education policy, infrastructure legislation, and more. The stakes have never been higher.
Former ASMD President Todd Boyette spoke at 2017 Museums Advocacy Day in Washington D.C.