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Selected articles on NEH-supported projects.
Posted: March 21, 2017 Commentary: Democracy demands wisdom in its citizens
The Jacksonville Journal-Courier

The budget proposal made last week by the Trump administration completely eliminates funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities and the NEA. The Defense Department plans to buy more than 2,000 new F-35 supersonic warplanes in the coming decades and just announced an agreement with Lockheed Martin for 90 of these jets at $95 million a plane. Just one and half of these planes would pay the entire National Endowment for the Humanities budget.

Posted: March 21, 2017 Letter: US should save humanities programs
Ciolumbus Dispatch

The public humanities programs supported by Ohio Humanities and our partners in other states increase historical and cultural understanding, promote civil conversations, and create vibrant communities that are welcoming to all. Congress has final authority for the federal budget. The Ohio congressional delegation, both senators and representatives, has historically supported the work of Ohio Humanities in offering lifelong learning opportunities, and fostering civil conversations.

Funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities provides support for Ohio communities as they explore the stories that make us human and that are unique to Ohio. And to that end, it is now more important than ever to remind Congress where we stand on these budget cuts.

Posted: March 21, 2017 700 cultural leaders gather in Washington to fight for arts funding
Washington Post

There’s nothing like a crisis to fire up a crowd.

Some 700 cultural leaders gathered in Washington this week to visit lawmakers and make the case for federal funding of the arts. It was a record showing for Arts Advocacy Day and the direct result of President Trump’s call to kill funding for four federal agencies.

For two hours Tuesday morning, representatives of arts groups, businesses, school districts and universities listened to dozens of speakers pump them up with slogans, cheers and data points demonstrating the power of arts to change lives, educated children and revitalize communities.

“We need to heal our country with the arts, that’s what we’re here to do,” actor Ben Vereen said. “Our children are depending on us.”

Any hint of “this again?” fatigue was wiped out by campaign-style speeches from Congressional backers, Republicans and Democrats, many members of the Arts, Humanities, Cultural, STEAM and Public Broadcasting caucuses.

“It’s about enjoyment and inspiration and jobs, but it’s also about our humanity,” Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said. “This is about America and who we are as a nation.”

Posted: March 20, 2017 What’s Next for the Humanities?
University of Minnesota

Amid rising concerns about the possibility of cuts to funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities, the question of who is safeguarding the future of the humanities is more important than ever.

Posted: March 20, 2017 Trump budget clouds Public Broadcasting Act's 50th year
Associated Press

The federal act that created public broadcasting is marking its 50th year, but if President Donald Trump has his way it could be a hollow celebration.

Trump's 2018 budget proposal makes him the second president to try to kill funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the first to target the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities as well.

The White House plan released Thursday, which emphasizes military and other security-related spending and slashes many domestic programs, is the first step in a lengthy budget process that ultimately requires Congressional approval.

Posted: March 20, 2017 Saving Our Heritage
Inside Higher Education

What is a country without its heritage? That question has been given new urgency now that the White House has released its budget blueprint for fiscal year 2018. This budget sets the total funding of the National Endowment for the Humanities at zero dollars, effectively proposing elimination of the agency. Is that the value we place on our cultural inheritance and its future? Zero? That is the question we must ask ourselves as a nation.

Posted: March 20, 2017 How Trump’s proposal to cut the National Endowment for the Arts hits locally
Charlotte Five

President Donald Trump became the first president to propose an end to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) when he recently released his first federal budget plan.

And it sent a sense of concern rippling through Charlotte’s arts scene.

“The proposed elimination of funding to the NEA by President Trump’s administration diminishes residents’ access to high-quality arts experiences and threatens the national economy,” Arts & Science Council president Robert Bush said in a statement.

Posted: March 19, 2017 Massachusetts arts community decries Trump NEA, NEH cuts
Sentinel and Enterprise

Congress must still vote to approve President Trump's $1.1 trillion budget, which, in its current form, slashes all federal funding for the National Endowment of the Arts, a cultural agency that received just over $147 million in federal money last fiscal year.

Funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, two additional federal departments that fund cultural research and development, is axed in Trump's budget plan, too.

"There's a whole funding ecosystem that's going to be disrupted if all these funding sources go away," said Greg Liakos, spokesman for the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Posted: March 19, 2017 A Scientist Speaks for the Arts and Humanities
Inside Higher Education

As the former principal deputy director and acting director of the National Institutes of Health, I am stunned by the proposed cuts. The NIH serves as the primary funder of biomedical and behavioral research dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans (and, indeed, all humans), and this reduction of support would have an unprecedented negative impact on the health and welfare of this country for decades to come.
I know that many scientists will be motivated by the proposed budget to engage with the political process and wholly fight those devastating proposed cuts. But as a physician and scientist turned president finishing my seventh year at Grinnell College, a liberal arts college in Iowa, I want to add my voice to those who are equally appalled by the proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Posted: March 19, 2017 Why The NEH Is So Critical To Our Future

The news of the proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) comes at precisely the moment we feel the most grateful for the agency’s support.

On Thursday morning, as the budget proposal made headlines, we were busy preparing for Friday’s opening of “1917: How One Year Changed the World” in Philadelphia. Co-organized by the National Museum of American Jewish History, and the American Jewish Historical Society the exhibition looks back 100 years to explore how the events of a single year brought about political, cultural, and social changes that reverberated throughout the world and provoked America’s most stringent immigration quotas to date. While anchored in the past, the exhibition asks questions that have striking contemporary relevance — Who is an American? Does the United States have a duty to defend other nations? Is it patriotic to criticize the government?

Without a generous $325,000 grant from the NEH, this exhibition would not have materialized.