Year Round Advocacy
KNOW YOUR PRIORITIES
Each year, Museums Alaska will make a commitment to establishing a set of legislative priorities. These priorities will address the most pressing needs of museums and cultural institutions around the state as determined by the Museums Alaska Board of Directors and its membership.
Alaska museums serve as community gathering places, institutions for learning, and are a strong component of Alaska’s economy and tourism industry. Please join us to speak up for Alaska museums by contacting your local, state, and federal policy makers and legislators about issues that impact Alaska museums.
Museums Alaska has identified the following public policy issues as priorities for 2019:
Priority 1. Support funding for agencies that provide grants to Alaska museums at the national, state, and local level including: Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Alaska State Museum (ASM), Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA), and Alaska Humanities Forum (AHF).
Priority 2. Support funding for education at all levels: funding to education trickles down to every community, affecting the humanities, arts, and culture workforce; school tours and programs; the tourism industry; and state repositories, such as the Alaska State Libraries, Archives, and Museums and University of Alaska Museum of the North.
Priority 3. Support funding for Historic Preservation, which impacts historic and cultural resources, archives, and traditional and cultural sites, at the local, state, and national level. These include: the National Archives, State Office of History and Archaeology, University of Alaska Fairbanks Rasmuson Library Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives, the Alaska Room at the Z.J. Loussac Municipal Library, and community and Tribal resources.
Priority 4. Support the perpetuation and preservation of the Sheldon Jackson Museum, along with other museums and collecting institutions statewide that hold valuable collections in the public trust on behalf of the state of Alaska.
Priority 5. Ensure all Alaskans are counted in the 2020 census. Having an accurate count ensures equitable federal funding and representation that impacts all sectors including Alaska museums, and provides excellent historical data for future museum use.
Museums Alaska is a strong supporter of arts and culture, and is tracking the following issues: