Many of my favorite childhood memories are of going to the zoo or the park, or on fun field trips to museums. As a kid, I loved going to the petting zoo with my dad or my siblings and to this day still love to hang out with the baby goats. Being from New York, I loved going to museums and the theater with my mom and being exposed to all different sorts of art and culture. I loved going to the American Museum of Natural History even when I was really young and it’s still one of the places I always visit when I go back home. Arts funding for museums and other attractions is so important as they enrich the lives of people of all ages. But now we’re seeing a lot of shuttered venues, and it’s hard to watch.
Shuttered Venues: They Desperately Need Funding To Survive
For kids especially, these museums can be a major source of learning and education. But the COVID-19 pandemic changed everything, and many former tourist attractions and venues were really hit hard. This is why a bipartisan coalition pushed so hard to have arts funding included in the last stimulus, to ensure that many of these places could receive funding to not have to close their doors forever.
Many of these places depended on memberships, tourist visits, and foot traffic to stay open. Some hosted yearly fundraisers that had to be scuttled because of pandemic-related restrictions. Private donations did fuel some of these places, but for smaller museums these funds may have decreased because of hardships or other issues. Over 67% of U.S. museums have had to cut education programs as part of cost-cutting. A third of museums may have to close entirely.
However, a bipartisan coalition worked diligently to ensure that grants and funding were made available for cultural institutions through the Save Our Stages Act, which was included in the latest round of stimulus.
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