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NEH in the News

Selected articles on NEH-supported projects.
Posted: February 2, 2017 Trump Plan To Cut NEH And NEA Diminishes Us All
Huffington Post

The searing novel by Alice Walker that transformed your sense of the social world, the ancient flint arrowhead that transported your understanding of time, the tempestuous Hudson River School painting that showed you the divine in nature, are all extravagances unworthy of the support we call “public.” Beauty - the ideas that convey it, the objects that carry it, the words that harness it - is out in the era of Donald Trump. Or at least, this is the insinuation of the President’s team when they threaten to place the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts on the chopping block.

Posted: January 31, 2017

On humanities and arts, The Hill reports that under the current budget blueprint, “The Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be privatized, while the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities would be eliminated entirely.” Of course, the Trumpistas’ disdain for “bicoastal elites” is almost unlimited, and their contempt for intellectuals and academics is total.

Posted: January 30, 2017

(A rough English translation of the original German)

The "National Endowment for the Arts" [sic] has existed for half a century, since it was established under President Johnson because "democracy demands wisdom and vision in its citizens." Since 1965, this American federal agency has awarded more than 63,000 fellowships, educated 11 million students, sponsored 56,000 lectures and seminars, and supported seven thousand books that would otherwise have remained unwritten. (So much to the assertion that the Americans are a mindless nation of barbarians.)

Posted: January 30, 2017

Here is a tour of the debate that reignited this month when The Hill newspaper reported that the Trump administration was considering eliminating the art and humanities agencies and defunding the nonprofit public broadcasting corporation as part of a wider program of federal budget cuts.

Posted: January 29, 2017

Among these endangered programs is the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds and promotes museums, libraries, research and educational programs, and public participation, all at a cost of $0.46 per capita. This work is intersectional, involving history, anthropology, cultural studies, literature and philosophy, architecture and design, and the arts (although the National Endowment for the Arts is a separate agency). This is not about maintaining ivory towers but rather bringing scholarship to bear on questions of concern to local communities and those of us living and working in them: How shall we live? Where have we been? Where are we headed, and is that where we wish to go?

Posted: January 29, 2017

In 2013, the National Endowment for the Arts and its neighbor, the National Endowment for the Humanities, may have assumed they had suffered their final indignity at the hands of Donald Trump. The developer had secured a lease to build what would become the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.’s Old Post Office, a resplendent National Historic Site that housed the two agencies — which were forced to retreat to more banal digs. That blow stung, but it was nothing compared to the news recently leaked from Trump’s budget shop.

Posted: January 28, 2017

“On the day before the inauguration, the federal government-focused newspaper The Hill reported that Trump staffers have outlined plans to eliminate or drastically cut support for the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities…..Haines writer Heather Lende, who received an award for distinguished service to the humanities, spoke about the importance of the arts: “People a thousand years from now must know we were more than what appeared in our headlines and our tweets.”