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Selected articles on NEH-supported projects.
Posted: March 16, 2017 Trump’s budget would eliminate dozens of programs, including National Endowment for the Arts
Washington Times

In his budget message to Congress Thursday, Mr. Trump said he wants to zero out funding for many long-standing federal programs “to move the nation toward fiscal responsibility” and to “redefine the proper role of the federal government.”

The NEA, an independent agency created by the federal government in 1965, received $148 million from the federal government in 2016.  Mr. Trump also is proposing to eliminate federal funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Posted: March 16, 2017 Trump Officially Proposes to Eliminate National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities
Slate Magazine

Making America “great” again does not apply to culture, philosophy, arts education, literature, or the preservation of the nation’s history, apparently. President Trump released a $1.1 trillion budget proposal on Thursday morning that realized some of the worst fears of artists, educators, and historians as it proposes completely defunding, among other agencies, the National Endowment of the Arts and the National Endowment of the Humanities.

The NEH and NEA have supported everything from the Library of America to archeological excavations of Jamestown to the promotion of arts education in schools, particularly in high-poverty neighborhoods.

Posted: March 16, 2017 Trump’s Budget Proposes To Eliminate Arts Agencies, As Many Feared
The Huffington Post

NEH worked directly and with local agencies to support the preservation of American history and culture, funding projects such as the digitization of the Hellen Keller Archives and the preservation of aging wax cylinder recordings of Native American languages and song.

The NEH supports “humanities work in small towns all around the country,” Stephen Kidd, the executive director of the National Humanities Alliance, told HuffPost in January. Whether the organization is providing crucial funding to local historical societies preserving pockets of American history, ensuring students have access to decades of newspaper articles for research, or helping veterans cope with war trauma through literature, Kidd said, “there really aren’t other funders out there that are supporting that kind of work on that kind of scale.”

Posted: March 16, 2017 Trump budget would end federal funding for arts endowment, PBS
Fox News

President Trump's first budget blueprint is calling for the elimination of federal funding to a host of arts and humanities programs, as the new administration seeks to redirect taxpayer dollars to defense. 

The blueprint released by the White House “proposes to eliminate funding” for: the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which sends some money to PBS and National Public Radio.

Federal funding of arts programs, including money for public radio and television, has been the target of Republican administrations and congressional budget hawks for decades.

Posted: March 16, 2017 Winners and losers in Trump's first budget plan
Winston-Salem Journal

Losers: Independent agencies supported by tax dollars. If Trump prevails, a hefty contingent of entities would lose all federal money and be shut. Among them, the Public Broadcasting Corporation, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Chemical Safety Board, the United States Institute of Peace, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for National Community Service and the African Development Foundation. That foundation was established by Congress and provides seed money and other support to enterprises in some 20 countries on that continent.

Posted: March 16, 2017 7 Vital Programs That Would Be Gutted By Trump’s Arts and Humanities Cuts

Yeserday, Donald Trump’s administration proposed eliminating four crucial U.S. cultural agencies — the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The effects of these cuts would be devastating both to artists and teachers and the communities they serve.

Posted: March 16, 2017 Trump wants to eliminate NEA and NEH. How would that impact the Palm Springs area?
The Desert Sun

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.

Posted: March 16, 2017 Maine arts proponents fear funding cuts from President Trump
Maine Sun Journal

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.

Posted: March 16, 2017 America First - A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again
USA Office of Management and Budget

White House: the proposed federal budget for 2018.

Posted: March 16, 2017 Americans for the Arts Statement on Proposed Elimination of Funding for the National Endowment for the Arts

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.”