In general, the items relating to museums and cultural resources in this biennium budget proposal represent an increase over the last biennium, from 4% to 18%.A few institutions face a proposed decrease, including Virginia Tourism Authority, Department of Historic Resources and Library of Virginia (these percentages come only from comparison of general fund proposals from the Governor’s proposals in both biennium budgets).If you would like a full break-down of all museum-related budget items, and comparison of the two biennium budgets, you can review our spreadsheet.
In addition to those items we track over time, there were a few other interesting budget items appearing in the Governor’s proposal this year:
The Virginia Tourism Authority has a $130,012 line item in the biennium for a program called “See Virginia First”, a partnership with the Virginia Association of Broadcasters to advertise Virginia tourism on television and radio.
The Department of Historic Resources funding includes a couple of interesting pieces, $1,000,000 each year to be deposited into the Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund for grants, and $34,875 each year to support the preservation and care of historical African American graves and cemeteries.
The Virginia Institute of Marine Science appropriation includes $125,000 in each year designated for the establishment of a marine conservation fellowship program in partnership with Virginia-based marine science education programs and conservation museums.
Under the Science Museum of Virginia, $150,000 each year is designated to pilot a STEM partnership between the Science Museum of Virginia, the Virginia Air and Space Center, and the Virginia Living Museum for programs that promote achievement for K-12 students in Hampton Roads and across the state, leveraging technology in the vital STEM component of the workforce pipeline.
The Central Appropriations General Fund includes state funding allocated for the Richmond Slave Trail and Lumpkin’s Jail: no more than $5,000,000 shall be allocated for the planning, design, and construction of the Pavilion at Lumpkin's Jail, no more than $1,000,000 shall be allocated for improvements to the Richmond Slave Trail, and no more than $5,000,000 shall be allocated for the planning, design and construction of a slavery museum.
Review the full budget here: