The Metropolitan Museum of Art has retained lobbying and PR firm Prime Strategies for help with federal tax policy as it applies to the arts, as well as for advocacy work among government agencies supporting the arts.

President Trump’s proposed 2018 budget earlier this year called for effectively shutting down the National Endowment for the Arts, the independent government agency that is the primary funding source for many art-related programs around the country.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

A lobbying salvo supporting the agency ensued. The budget that Congress eventually agreed to included a $2 million increase for NEA for FY 2018.

The Met, which opened in 1872, is one of the largest and most visited art galleries in the world.

The Met account will be led by managing director Jennifer Manley, who was previously Queens Director of New York City’s Community Affairs Unit during the Bloomberg Administration; and Scott Klenet, a former Organizing for Action field organizer who coordinated VA operations during President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign.

Prime Strategies maintains offices in New York, Florida, Texas, California and Washington D.C.