Email Your Elected Officials to Include Museums in Economic Stimulus Bill
11:30 a.m. March 20, 2020: From the American Alliance on Museums: Congress is moving swiftly to pass a massive economic relief package in response to the COVID-19 crisis and we need to ensure the museum community is included. The American Alliance of Museums has calculated that museums are losing at least $33 million a day due to COVID-19 and will be in desperate need of significant federal support. The Museum Trustee Association has joined other museum associations to ask Congressional leaders for $4 billion in relief funding and economic stimulus for museums.
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Below is a form letter you can copy and paste in an email to your state and federal legislator. Thank you for your help in keeping our cultural institutions afloat in these uncertain times!
Form Letter to Copy and Paste into an Email
Dear Senator (Find Your Elected Officials Here),
We are requesting that you include museums in the COVID-19 Relief and Economic Stimulus Bill.
Due to COVID-19, the Iroquois Indian Museum in Howes Cave, NY, which houses the largest collection of Iroquois art and artifacts in the country, is being adversely impacted financially. The museum is following the CDC recommendations to help prevent the spread of the virus by indefinitely delaying its season-opening, originally scheduled for April 2.
Because of the loss of admission and shop sales from the cancellation of education programs and special events, the museum is anticipating a loss of 40% of its annual income, as well as additional lost charitable contributions as donors reassess their capacity to give due to the stock market’s volatility.
Federal funding relief could help alleviate a devastating impact on the museum, which already operates on thin margins of financial sustainability.
Please be sure to include museums in the relief and economic stimulus package.
Iroquois Indian Museum Announces Postponement of Opening
The Iroquois Indian Museum will postpone its opening for the 2020 season and remain closed until further notice, following the State of New York’s decision to limit large gatherings.
The Iroquois Museum will remain closed through at least April 30 to support efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). The museum has postponed public programs, events, and tours through the end of May. During the extended closure staff will transition to multiple work arrangements, with some remaining onsite to ensure the care of the buildings and artwork and some working remotely.
“The Iroquois Museum cares deeply about our community. The health and welfare of our visitors, staff, and volunteers are of utmost importance to us,” says Steph Shultes, executive director. “We will continue to stay informed of this issue and support our staff and visitors.”
The Iroquois Museum will provide updates on its website, iroquoismuseum.org, as well as through social media. We invite you to explore the Iroquois Museum collections online and learn more about the museum on our website, Facebook, and Instagram accounts.