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Posted: March 24, 2017 How Organizations Targeted by the Trump Budget Are Pushing Back
PR Week

To that end, both the NEA and NEH are assembling and supplying infographics and factsheets for media requests, which have skyrocketed since January 17, when The Hill broke a story about possible budget cuts to the two groups.

Given the increased interest, the NEH has launched a weekly newsletter called Grantee Spotlight for its email list, which has thousands of recipients. The newsletter features stories of how grants have helped recipients, according to Theola DeBose, the group’s director of comms. The organization is also cross-promoting the content on its social media platforms, including Medium and Snapchat.

"We’re also stitching together a video showing grantees immersed in humanities work to show the public what the humanities look like," DeBose says.

Posted: March 24, 2017 Amid the STEM frenzy, humanities and ‘human-ness’ matter
San Francisco Chronicle

By now, you’ve surely heard about the Trump administration’s budget plan that would eliminate both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Of the two programs, which were established in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is better known and more beloved. People of all political stripes go to museums, and everyone’s watched an episode of “Sesame Street.”

But the work of the NEH is no less vital, especially if you believe — as I do — that the history of who we are as human beings is important.

“The humanities are the history of humanness,” said Priscilla Couden, the executive director of the Contra Costa County Historical Society. “It involves our culture and our history. Both the arts and the humanities are attuned to the culture of being alive, but one is historical and the other is aesthetic.”

Posted: March 24, 2017 Laurie Norton Moffatt: Save America's treasures: Preserve the endowments
The Berkshire Eagle

President Trump has proposed elimination of funding for arts, culture and public broadcasting, as well as for museums, libraries and archives. Let's look at one example of how shortsighted such an action would be.

Norman Rockwell Museum received 18 federal grants exceeding $1.9 million from 2005-2017 from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Archives and Records Administration and Save America's Treasures program. We are proud to have received these competitive peer reviewed grants as they attested to the importance and quality of the museum's work as well as made real investment in our programs and in turn, in millions of people's lives.

Posted: March 24, 2017 Laurie Norton Moffatt: Save America's treasures: Preserve the Endowments
The Berkshire Eagle

President Trump has proposed elimination of funding for arts, culture and public broadcasting, as well as for museums, libraries and archives. Let's look at one example of how shortsighted such an action would be.

Norman Rockwell Museum received 18 federal grants exceeding $1.9 million from 2005-2017 from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Archives and Records Administration and Save America's Treasures program. We are proud to have received these competitive peer reviewed grants as they attested to the importance and quality of the museum's work as well as made real investment in our programs and in turn, in millions of people's lives.

 Reached millions

These funds were invested in preservation and access to museum collections, national touring exhibitions, publication and research, and educational programming about Norman Rockwell and American illustration art that have touched millions of lives across America and abroad.

Posted: March 23, 2017 Will Donald Trump keep the White House petition site alive?
The Verge

Want the White House to tell you whether or not it’s pardoning a whistleblower? Or take a position on modifying the technology you own? Or explain why America can’t build a Death Star? For the past six years, you could do all these things through We the People, an imperfect but valuable petition system that gave ordinary people a direct line to the president. But we’re over two months into the Trump administration, and it’s not clear whether the system is still active, or what its future holds. 

We the People survived Trump’s White House website reorganization, unlike several other government pages, but it’s not in great shape. You can create an account, publish a new petition, or sign an existing one. The page for responses, however, seems to have been removed. Old petitions are accessible through the Obama administration archive, but there’s no sign that Trump’s White House will respond to the seven petitions that reached their 100,000-signature threshold after he took office, including a request to release Trump’s tax returns, two petitions to preserve the National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts, and one to let American farmers grow industrial hemp. A White House spokesperson did not respond to an email requesting comment.

Posted: March 23, 2017 Trump’s Arts Funding Cuts Will Take Us Back To The 1950s. Good
The Federalist

That’s right, we’re about to go the way of the Romans because we’re not spending enough on bread and circuses.  Partly, this is the same Kabuki theater we get every year, in which anything that is not a massive increase is portrayed as a draconian cut. But the main reason people are upset about this budget is because it targets programs that are pretty insignificant in terms of actual spending but are culturally and politically important to anyone who is left of center: public funding for broadcasting, art, and the humanities.

The Trump budget proposes to zero out funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. That’s why Nick Kristof thinks this is the end of civilization, because unless the federal government shunts money to these activities, we all know that they will completely disappear. There will be no more art, no more ideas, no more broadcasting.

Posted: March 23, 2017 Students, Researchers Would Feel Effects of Trump Budget Cuts
The Voice of America

Michael Lomax (president of the United Negro College Fund) said 55,000 HBCU students would be affected by elimination of Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, and reductions to work-study programs and other federal spending could affect another 26,000 students at these schools and also reduce their chances for future employment.

HBCU schools typically have lower costs, but their students tend to accrue more loan debt than students at other institutions, the United Negro College Fund says. HBCUs enroll nearly 300,000 young women and men — primarily first-generation, low-income minority students — and typically confer about 18 percent of all baccalaureate degrees received by African-American students, even though the HBCU sector constitutes only 3 percent of the country's institutions of higher education.

Other Education Department programs slated for elimination are the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation for Community and Public Service. The latter runs national volunteer programs, including Americorps, which places young people in service positions at nonprofits, schools, public agencies and community groups nationwide.

Posted: March 23, 2017 The Culture of Cruelty in Trump's America
Truthout

Trump has called for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, making clear that his contempt for education, science and the arts is part of an aggressive project to eliminate those institutions and public spheres that extend the capacity of people to be imaginative, think critically and be well-informed.

Posted: March 23, 2017 Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin museums in Philadelphia closed by Trump administration hiring freeze
The World Socialist Web News

The Trump administration has enacted a hiring freeze on government agencies such as the National Park Service (NPS) and has proposed a 12 percent cut to the Department of the Interior’s budget, under which the NPS functions. The freeze and threatened budget cuts have already prompted the closure of historic and cultural attractions.

Independence National Historic Park, located in historic Philadelphia, the birthplace of the United States, has been forced to close seven sites, including some prestigious places such as the Declaration House, where American Revolutionary Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, exhibits at founding father Ben Franklin’s home and print shop, and the house of the Polish-Lithuanian military leader, Tadeusz Kosciuszko.

Amenities near Independence Hall, including bathrooms, have been shut down because the NPS can’t hire any workers to clean them. Visitors, including the elderly and children, will now be directed to bathrooms that may be located at considerable distances from the sites they are visiting.

Citing NPS sources, Bob Skiba, former president of Philadelphia Tour Guides, told Philly.com that the hiring freeze was the main cause of the closings, and that it is not yet clear whether they will be temporary or permanent.

“When a group comes to the mall, people spend an hour and a half to two hours on tours—and as a tour guide, when I bring people around, I’m not just showing them the sites. I’m telling them stories,” he said. “And [now] I don’t have pieces of the story available.”

Posted: March 23, 2017 Defund the National Endowment for the Arts — for Art’s Sake
The National Review

The sooner we are done with the Medicis of mediocrity, the better.   Of course we should kill the National Endowment for the Arts — not because we don’t care about art, but because we do. The ladies and gentlemen of the NEA are the Medicis of mediocrity, and the sooner we are done with them the better. The case against the NEA is not that abolishing it will save the federal government a tremendous amount of money. It won’t. The NEA’s budget is, relatively speaking, chickenfeed — $148 million this year. (Which is literally less than Tyson spends on chickenfeed, if you were wondering.) We are not going to balance the budget on cuts — even cuts of 100 percent — to the NEA, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and foreign aid. About 80 percent of the federal budget is Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other health-care programs, national security, and interest on the debt. That isn’t to say we shouldn’t pay attention to the little things, but our fiscal problem is far larger than the NEA and similar programs.