NEH in the News
President Trump has proposed a budget that would defund dozens of federal agencies and programs that provide financial support to local and state organizations across the country. Among those programs targeted for elimination are the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.
A number of programs in the Coachella Valley region and nearby areas have received yearly financial support from these two agencies and could be adversely affected should the Trump administration succeed in its efforts to get rid of them. Those local groups include:
The Palm Springs Art Museum was also awarded an NEH grant of $6,000, beginning in 2015. It was used for the Architecture and Design Center's preservation project, which needed a storage system that helped to meet the museum's immediate and long-term needs, as well as provide assistance to preservationists looking to study the desert's mid-century architecture.
The museum's NEH grant awards go back as far as 1973, when the museum was awarded $45,000 for needed improvements to accommodate an exhibition of French impressionist and post-impressionist paintings from the USSR.
The Agua Caliente Culture Museum, between 2010 and 2011, received an NEH grant of $6,000, which it used to conduct a training workshop in emergency response procedures for the Coachella Valley Emergency Preparedness Network. The training covered emergency response protocol should a disaster endanger the museum's historical and cultural collections.
Mainers with a passion for culture are concerned that President Donald Trump might seek to eliminate funding for a number of small domestic agencies that include the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Reacting to a New York Times story detailing the possible budget cuts, Maine’s U.S. senators — Susan Collins and Angus King — recently signed a bipartisan letter with 22 colleagues calling for preservation of funding for the arts and humanities.
Americans for the Arts president and CEO Robert L. Lynch issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s proposed elimination of FY2018 funding to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA):
“I am deeply troubled by the Trump Administration’s proposed FY2018 budget calling for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts. President Trump is the first and only American president who has made such a recommendation. Our nation’s parents, teachers, community leaders, arts advocates, government officials, and even economists will not accept this proposal. We know that the work on the FY2018 budget will continue until at least October 2017. Along the way, there are many points in the process where Americans for the Arts, with arts advocates and partners from across the country, will be united in communicating with Congress and the American people to make sure they know the impact of the arts in their states and districts and in our nation.”
In the first budget of his fledgling presidency, President Donald Trump slashed spending for an array of federal programs including one relied on by the very states that delivered him the presidency.
Trump's budget would zero out federal dollars aimed at cleaning and protecting the Great Lakes — one in a series of sweeping cuts to federal environmental programs. Among the states that he won in November were Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin: all Great Lakes states.
In all, the budget proposes to eliminate nearly 20 federal agencies, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; the National Endowment for the Art; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation and the United States Institute of Peace.
President Donald Trump's proposed federal budget would chip away at the legacies of two of Rhode Island's most revered legislators, Sen. Claiborne Pell and Rep. John E. Fogarty.
The budget would eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. As a senator, Pell had a key role in creating both agencies in the mid-1960s.
Officials with humanities and arts organizations in West Virginia said the consequences of President Donald Trump’s proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities could be disastrous for state culture programs.
Trump’s proposed budget for 2018, which was made public Thursday, eliminates federal funding for nearly 20 independent agencies — including the endowments for the arts and humanities.
The NEH serves and strengthens our republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans.
While Trump may not care about East Coast elites upset about ending financing for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, some of the agencies and programs that would be “zeroed out” are institutions in parts of the country that Mr. Trump won last November.
Among the agencies to be cut off, for instance, would be the Appalachian Regional Commission, a federal-state agency founded in 1965 to promote economic development and infrastructure in some of the poorest parts of the United States.
It’s the Ides of March and President Trump has been busy with his knife. The President has recommended the elimination of both cultural agencies, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
It’s time to flood the offices of your Congressional representative with letters and phone calls of support.