CAM’s Board of Directors and other museum advocates gathered virtually on May 12, 2020 to learn about issues affecting museums in California, particularly those related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to share our interests with legislators.
The event started with an overview of how funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the largest economic relief bill in U.S. history, is being distributed in California with guest speakers from California Humanities, the California State Library, and the California Arts Council. There was also an update on the California Cultural and Historical Endowment’s Museum Grant Program.
Later in the day, advocates met virtually with members of the Governor's Task Force for Business and Job Recovery, Senator Ben Allen, Assemblymember Richard Bloom, Assemblymember David Chiu, and representatives from the offices of Assemblymember Kansen Chu, Assemblymember Philip Ting, and President Pro Tem Toni Atkins. The day was full of rich stories about the impact of museums on California communities and the role they can play in helping our state recover.