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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.

Posted: April 4, 2017 In the Moment: An Interview with Peter Meineck, Founder of Aquila Theatre, On Their Production of ‘Our Trojan War’
DCMetroTheaterArts / 4/4

The Aquila Theatre Warrior Chorus is a major humanities program that will train military service veterans to present scholar-led public programming based on classical literature. The classics will include The Illiad, The Odyssey, Antigone, and The Aeneid to name just a few. These classics of the ancient Western cannon were selected given their direct associations with war, conflict, comradeship, home, and family and government.

Posted: April 4, 2017 Trump budget could cost Waco area millions in federal dollars
Waco Tribune-Herald, Waco, TX

The President Donald J. Trump administration’s appetite for unprecedented domestic budget cuts has Waco-area governments and nonprofit agencies bracing for what could be millions of dollars in lost revenue.

The elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities would affect local museums and arts agencies. Among those that have benefited from federal arts and humanities funding are Waco Cultural Arts Fest, Mayborn Museum, Historic Waco Foundation, Waco Symphony and the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum.

Posted: April 3, 2017 Proposed federal cuts worry Wyoming arts and culture groups
Casper Star Tribune

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.

Congress will decide the final budget over the next several months, and many are hopeful legislators will reject the the suggested cuts. This is the first time, however, that a president has proposed eliminating the NEA and NEH since they were created in 1967 and 1965, respectively.

Wyoming Humanities Council executive director Shannon Smith said the proposed cuts must be taken seriously.

“I think what’s most important is that us small states are the ones that are going to get just hammered by this,” Smith said. “New York can make up for its funding through donors, but Wyoming and the other small states, we just don’t have the population to replace that kind of funding.”

Posted: April 3, 2017 Pearce Needs To Support A Budget For People, Not Wars And Walls
New Mexico State KRWG -TV/FM

New Mexicans embrace our art and culture and public news station. We need Congressman Pearce to oppose zeroing out funds for the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and National Public Radio.

The world thrives on diplomacy with educational and cultural exchange not bombs and wars, we need Congressman Pearce to oppose the draconian cuts to the State Department.

We need Congressman Pearce to promise to invest our tax payer dollars in programs that help people and communities, not war and walls.