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Selected articles on NEH-supported projects.
Posted: February 19, 2017 Arts Groups Draft Battle Plans as Trump Funding Cuts Loom
New York Times

As the news spread that the White House budget office had included the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities on a list of programs it was considering trying to eliminate, arts leaders at large and small organizations around the nation reacted with alarm — and began making plans to fight for their survival.
 

Posted: February 19, 2017 Might Ivanka Trump Speak Up if Her Father Guts the Arts?
New York Times

Ivanka Trump recently helped defend gay rights from a proposed executive order from her father, Donald J. Trump, that would have scrapped Obama-era L.G.B.T. protections. Now, with the White House drafting plans to eliminate the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities, it is Ms. Trump who could emerge as a key player again, inasmuch as culture has been a rich part of her life.
 

Posted: February 17, 2017 Funding for the arts should be protected, not cut
Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Communities that were once struggling economically have rebounded through developing the arts in their areas. Museums, musical groups, history and humanities programs, annual festivals and creative arts projects not only bring cultural and employment opportunities for residents, they attract and hold the attention of people looking to relocate.

Posted: February 17, 2017 For the umpteenth time, the National Endowment for the Arts deserves its funding
Los Angeles Times

The National Endowment of the Arts is under attack — again. The foes are the same tired cast of characters who have assaulted the agency for the last 30 years. Their arguments are the same threadbare notions that have been repeatedly rejected. They are mounting a partisan battle that will do the nation no good. But for the sake of the arts, it needs to be fought again and won.
 

Posted: February 17, 2017 Professors Fear Loss of Federal Arts, Humanities Funding
The Harvard Crimson

Humanities professors and University administrators are bracing for the potential elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities under President Donald Trump’s administration, which some say could seriously hamper research at Harvard.
 

Posted: February 17, 2017 Popular Domestic Programs Face Ax Under First Trump Budget
New York Times

The White House budget office has drafted a hit list of programs that President Trump could eliminate to trim domestic spending, including longstanding conservative targets like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Legal Services Corporation, AmeriCorps and the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities.
 

Posted: February 16, 2017 Don’t Kill the National Endowment for the Humanities
Minding the Campus

The NEH has inspired some extraordinary and valuable work. There is no question that the NEH has, on average, moderated the excesses of the academic humanities. The Cole administration, in particular, shows that an NEH chairman moved by love of the humanities, not partisan zeal, can do great things.
 

Posted: February 16, 2017 Column: In praise of the humanities
Tampa Bay Times

Part of the national Telling Project, this was one of a series of Florida Humanities Council public programs across the state giving veterans a platform to talk about what their service to us meant. In Orlando, for example, a Gold Star mother described the searing pain in her head the moment her son was shot in Iraq. In Pensacola, a Vietnam veteran described how he tried to numb painful war memories with alcohol. Hearing the stories gave me a profoundly deeper connection with another's human experience. It changed how I understand the challenges veterans face both in uniform and at home.  Americans have always striven for knowledge. We read and build and invent. We discuss and quarrel and reform. America was born from ideas; we were humanities-driven from the beginning.

Posted: February 11, 2017 To be true Americans, we need to support the humanities
The Salt Lake Tribune

Through their grants, NEH provides millions of dollars across the country and in the state of Utah to support a range of programs including children's literacy projects; study groups that help veterans reintegrate into civilian life; continuing education of K-­12 teachers through teacher‑education seminars; museum exhibits about America's rich history for urban and rural communities; and grants that help libraries and archives preserve America's cultural heritage, to name just a portion of their programs. The NEH, like the humanities disciplines it supports, is essential to the health of our democracy because it supports the development of our educated citizenry.
 

Posted: February 7, 2017 Eliminating funding for the arts and humanities rips at our cultural fabric
The State Press

The main role of both agencies is to provide grants to those participating in the arts and humanities across the United States. For the Endowment for the Humanities, that means libraries, museums, colleges across the United States. For the Endowment for the Arts, that means helping to fund artists and art-related projects all across the U.S. To cut funding for the arts and the humanities is to cut at the fabric of American culture itself. These are the programs that help build our libraries and museums, that help provide innovative artists with the funds they needed to aid their creative expression. Those things just wouldn’t be there to the extent they are without any government funding.