Take Action. Speak up for the arts and humanities!
We are concerned with the President's proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget which calls for the elimination of multiple agencies that support the arts and humanities.
Now, more than ever, we need our community, individuals like yourself, to do your part in protecting the arts. Your support for the national endowments and your financial support of our museum and other arts institutions is needed more than ever.
Show your support of IMLS, NEA, and NEH and your local museums, like SJMQT.
A message, from the Western Museums Association, that we here at SJMQT agree with strongly.
We think it is important to share their letter with you:
The IMLS, NEA, and NEH need your help! You can help prevent the elimination of these federal agencies, as proposed in the President's Fiscal Year 2018 budget, by contacting Congress and making it clear that they are a wise and worthwhile investment. Look at this one pager showing how much of the money comes back to your state. By working together to speak up for museums with a strong voice and unified message we can make a difference. Check out AAM’s latest templates and tools to fight back against this harmful budget proposal.
Advocate from Anywhere
You don't have to be in Washington, D.C. to make the case for museums! Help speak up for museums throughout the year by using these advocacy resources:
- AAM’s advocacy tools.
- Kevin Russell's tips for advocating from anywhere.
- Speak Up for Museums on Social Media. Use #museumsadvocacy and #museumsadvocacy2017 to join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.
Advocate for California Museums
The California Association of Museums (CAM) is sponsoring a bill in the California State Legislature that would build on the success of the national Museums for All program and boost funding for the California Cultural and Historical Endowment’s (CCHE) Museum Grant Program. CAM is working closely with the bill’s author, Assembly member Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), to pass this bill through the Legislature and make museums more accessible to all Californians. Learn more.
In addition to the action items listed above, you can help SJMQT directly.
(And sometimes it takes just seconds of your time).
eleven ways to support SJMQT.
1. Come to the Museum, explore the galleries, and its events. Bring your friends. Encourage people to step through our doors. Word-of-mouth is powerful. Book a private tour at the Museum for your friends, school, book club, or place of worship.
2. Please consider becoming a member. You'll get free access to many events and many other benefits.
3. Visit Artist in Residences' Open Studios. Get to know and support our community's local artists.
4. Tell your friends about SJMQT online and share our posts on your social media channels. Use hashtags and tag us in your posts.
For example, #SJMQT #SJMQT40, #museumsadvocacy, #museumsadvocacy2017, #speakupformuseums
5. Support our fundraisers. We are a nonprofit organization. Our fundraisers are not only fun, but an important way to ensure that our doors stay open.
Click her to read about our FiberShot Fundaiser and art submission.
Find out here about our 40th Anniversary "Made in 1977: Celebrating 40 Years of Textiles" Community Open House. (We are in need of in-kind items and of artists' participation for this important celebration. If you are interested, email Anna in Marketing at Anna atsjquiltmuseum.org.
6. Volunteer. There is so much to learn and so many ways to help, and you can align your volunteering to your interests. Interested in learning about installations? Looking to work with children? Trying to understand Museum store/retail management? Let us know.
7. Become a donor. You would be surprised what even the smallest of monetary increments can do for SJMQT.
-Eighteen $40.00 donations will pay for one show's vinyl lettering for our exhibitions.
-$20.00 buys hanging hardware for mounting an artist's pieces.
-$20.00 will pay for fabric glue, craft paper, and pencils for children to be able to use while they learn valuable art skills.
-Four $50.00 donations would pay for a sewing machine that our Artist in Residences could use for their work in SJMQT.
-$50.00 would help us pay for the installations materials needed to hang the Artist in Residence's art. Items include support labels, museum putty, and hanging hardware.
-$500.00 supports an Artist in Residence for one month. The Residency runs for three months.
8. Become a sponsor. Email Amanda, our Deputy Director, at Amanda @sjquiltmuseum.org to find out about the details and benefits of sponsorship.
9. If your place of work supports the arts and nonprofit organizations, let them know about us. Hold your work events at SJMQT. We have a beautiful space.
10. Shop in our Gift Shop. 50% of the artist-made items' proceeds go to the local artist, and the other 50% goes to SJMQT.
11. Support all the museums that neighbor us and that are close to SJMQT. Support your art community as a whole- museums, artists, galleries, art events, and festivals.
Together, we can keep the arts flourishing in the US. Together we can nurture and protect fiber art, fiber artists, and future fiber artists. We can make sure that art lovers, artists, and children have access to the arts. Together, we can make sure that our history and future of quilting and fiber art is protected.
If you have questions or want to help SJMQT, we would be happy to personally speak to you. We are aware that many of you are just as concerned and disturbed about these proposed cuts as we are. Email, Joan, our Executive Director, at Joan at sjquiltmuseum.org and we will get back to you within 48 hours.
The California Arts Council has provided a helpful resource center with tips on how to respond.