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 location, has been voted out of the Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development Committee.
“The Museum Education Act will advance equity in our education system and increase access to our cultural institutions,” Museum Association of New York Director Erika Sanger said in an e-mail to supporters.
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 according to Sanger.
“Bills are moving quickly through this abbreviated legislative session,” she said, “We need you to 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.”
Sanger said she was seeking Assembly members to direct state support to initiate, expand, and enhance educational services through access to museum collections that help tell our shared stories through New York’s history, arts, and culture.
You can read the Assembly bill here [pdf].
MANY released a memo of support of the bill here [pdf].
Photo of NYS Capital provided by MANY.