The new Museum Education Act, (A.9695) sponsored by Assembly Member Patricia Fahy to fund museum programs that serve high-need, low-resource communities regardless of the location of the museum or how it was chartered, was voted out of the Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development Committee this morning.
The Museum Education Act will advance equity in our education system and increase access to our cultural institutions. The New York State Education Department's Board of Regents designated the Museum Education Act a 2020 legislative priority with budgetary implications in the amount of $5 Million.
Bills are moving quickly through this abbreviated legislative session. We need to you send an email and follow up with a phone call to your Assembly Member as soon as possible to ask for their support for the $5M for the Museum Education Act (A.9695 (Fahy)/S.6819 (Serrano) to be included in the one house budget bills.
We need our Assembly Members help to direct state support to initiate, expand, and enhance educational services through access to museum collections that help tell all of our shared stories through New York's history, arts, and culture.
Please feel free to borrow freely from our letter of support when contacting your Assembly Member.
Read the March 11 2020 Press Release from Assemblymember Patricia Fahy's Office NYS Lawmakers, Museums, and Education Advocates Call for Passage of 'Museum Education Act' (MEA), Inclusion in State's Final Budget
Read and download Erika's February 19, 2020 Memo in Support of the Museum Education Act
Read Erika's December 12, 2019 Testimony on Capital Funding for Arts and Cultural Organizations.
Read Erika's Article posted on AAM's Blog on September 12, 2018
Learn more about education programming done by NYS Museums
A survey conducted by MANY illustrates how how NYS museums deliver education programs and suggest ways that these programs could better serve our communities with direct funding from our state. You can download the survey report here. Stay tuned for our 2019 NYS State of Field Survey Results.