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Posted: April 5, 2017 Arizona Humanities Halted Its Project Grants. Here's Why That Matters
Phoenix New Times

The Arizona Humanities Council announced on Thursday, March 30, that it is suspending its project grants temporarily until further notice.

That’s because most of Arizona Humanities’ funding comes from the National Endowment for the Humanities (or NEH, for short).

The NEH is funded by the federal government, but Congress has yet to approve its 2017 budget. And President Donald Trump is hoping to eliminate the NEH altogether.

Hence, the funding dilemma.

“Unfortunately, we cannot award funds that we have not, and potentially may not, receive,” wrote Brenda Thomson, executive director for Arizona Humanities, in the announcement.

A statewide 501(c)3 nonprofit organization started in 1973, Arizona Humanities is one of 56 NEH affiliates. Its programs promote understanding of the human experience, through partnerships with cultural, educational, and community groups throughout the Arizona.

“Funding from the NEH is crucial to our work,” Thomson says.

And the math backs it up.

Posted: April 4, 2017 Budget cuts harmful to local public broadcasts
Daily Toreador - Texas Tech University,

In a budget plan released by the United States government, four agencies are to have their combined $971 million budgets eliminated by 2018.

These agencies are: the National Endowment of the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The cuts to the CPB and NEA will affect a number of public radio broadcasting stations funded all over the U.S., including KTTZ-FM, Texas Tech’s Public Broadcasting station, which has served the South Plains area for more than 30 years.

“If funding for the CPB is cut, or even eliminated, there will be varying levels of stress,” Clinton Barrick, station director of KTTZ-FM, said. “It’s going to create a lot of headaches, and I will have to make a lot of hard choices about programing I’d rather not have to make.”

KTTZ-FM will lose the 12-13 percent of its funding it currently receives from CPB, which is not enough of a deficit to take the station off the air, he said. However, small-market stations will have a much more difficult time.

Posted: April 4, 2017 Trump budget may hurt Scotland County programs
The Laurinburg Exchange

Scotland County Democratic Party Chairman Walter Jackson said Congress should ignore the president budget priorities.  “President Trump is going to hurt our economy by making drastic and unneeded cuts to programs that have proven to be effective in building a smarter and stronger economy,” Jackson said.

Posted: April 4, 2017 The Winners and Losers of Trump’s Proposed Budget
Study Breaks, Denver - Written by Students

To characterize Trumps first couple months as tumultuous would be an understatement for the ages.  The president’s relentless attacks on the media and his provable lies to the press have begun to erode the credibility of his administration. He hasn’t slowed down since his campaign in attacking anyone who critiques or challenges his beliefs. The most frightening fact of it all is that he’s now the leader of the free world; not to mention the fact that the FBI is investigating a sitting president only three months into his term.

Posted: April 4, 2017 Invest in U.S. brainpower
The Advocate

President Trump’s proposed federal budget might make for good political theater, thanks to headline-grabbing proposals to eliminate everything from Americorps to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to the National Endowment for the Humanities. But this is token austerity masquerading as fiscal discipline, since the agencies Trump has targeted make up only a tiny fraction of federal spending.

The real potential savings would have to come from entitlement reform, something the president doesn’t want to touch. Instead Trump has asked Congress to kill agencies that have one big thing in common. In one way or another, these federal initiatives promote brainpower, which America needs more than ever to compete in the global marketplace.

Posted: April 4, 2017 The coming Republican fight on spending
Washington Examiner

With control of both elected branches of the federal government, Republicans have an opportunity to show whether they can get the nation's finances in order after complaining about Obama-era spending and borrowing for eight years. On the heels of an unsuccessful bid to repeal and replace Obamacare, whether they can agree sufficiently to avoid a government shutdown will say a lot about their ability to govern.

Posted: April 4, 2017 Henry Street Settlement Receives $360,000 NEH Grant For Historical Exhibition
The Low Down, NY

U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez said, “The funding provided by NEH will reaffirm and support Henry Street’s longstanding commitment to bringing the humanities to underserved communities…Henry Street has a long track record of expanding educational opportunity in our neighborhood and this grant will help further that mission.”

It is, of course, an anxious time for social service and arts organizations nationwide, since the Trump administration is threatening to de-fund many of the agencies that support their work, including the NEH.

Posted: April 4, 2017 Proposed federal cuts' impact on Wyo. arts and humanities
Casper Journal

Wyoming arts and humanities leaders are concerned about President Donald Trump’s proposed elimination of two federal agencies that support cultural programs. The budget plan announced in March suggests eliminating funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Wyoming and other rural states would most feel the cuts because they’re less likely to receive funding elsewhere, according to state arts advocates. They say the cuts would undermine the state’s economy and its arts and education sectors as well as the fabric of communities.

Posted: April 4, 2017 “It’s Complete Stupidity”: Hundreds Rally at NYC City Hall to Oppose Trump’s Arts Cuts
artnet news

Local government was out in force, with Councilman Jimmy van Bramer, who emceed the event, starting things off with a fiery call to action. “Trump talks about ‘making America great again,'” he said, “but you don’t make a country great by crushing its soul.” He called Trump’s budget “an unprecedented and vicious assault” on the very idea of culture.

Posted: April 4, 2017 Georgia Arts Legislation: What Passed And Failed
WABE 90.1 FM

Potential Georgia Cuts - The National Endowment for the Arts is a federal organization, so state lawmakers don’t have any sway over it. That said, it provides about half the funding for the Georgia Council for the Arts.

President Donald Trump is the first sitting president to say he wants to completely eliminate the NEA and its sister organization, the National Endowment for the Humanities (aimed more at cultural and educational opportunities). Trump and his supporters argue the nation needs to focus on the fight against terrorism as well as job creation and retention.