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NEH in the News

Selected articles on NEH-supported projects.
Posted: March 10, 2017 Donald Trump's threat to history

Lawrence O'Donnell gives the last word to Drew Gilpin Faust, the history-making president of Harvard University, who has a warning about a budget cut being considered by Donald Trump and congressional Republicans.             

Posted: March 3, 2017 Why We Need the NEA and the NEH
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Some projects we fund develop cutting-edge techniques for preserving the nation’s artistic heritage as a resource for the future, while others make our cultural legacy freely available on digital platforms.  We could not begin to do this work without the abiding partnership, inspiration, and example of the National Endowments for the Humanities and the Arts.  As federal funding for the arts and humanities is once again under discussion, we affirm the fundamental importance of the National Endowments as invaluable resources for a harmonious, prosperous, and democratic society. 

Posted: March 2, 2017 Boston Museum Directors Pen Letter Defending NEA and NEH

Federal support has been a critical piece of the puzzle for museums in our shared mission to foster knowledge, create cultural exchange, generate jobs and tourism, educate our youth, ignite the imagination of our audiences and nurture the creativity of working artists. Across the country – in communities small and large, urban and rural — the NEA and NEH help to guarantee access to the arts and the preservation and presentation of diverse cultural expression. The prestige and visibility of the NEA and NEH connects our entire cultural community, though we are well aware of the outsized influence of federal dollars at our most vulnerable arts institutions across America.

Posted: February 27, 2017 Guam’s humanities projects at risk of being shut down
Marianas Variety

“Eliminating NEH could cause the closure of Humanities Guåhan/Guam Humanities Council and the end of the incredible and innovative public programs we provide,” the council said in an online petition launched on over the weekend.

Posted: February 26, 2017 Editorial: Don't cut funding for arts and public broadcasting
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

These organizations (NEA/NEH/CPB) make arts and cultural programming accessible for those who can least afford it. They enrich and replenish the nation’s cultural heritage while providing opportunities for educating and expanding the scope of teachers in the arts. Using tax revenues to protect cultural freedom of expression helps keep the arts vibrant and publicly available. The First Amendment freedom of expression is just as important in art as it is in the spoken and printed word.

Posted: February 26, 2017 Trump anxiety hits Minnesota arts groups, leaders
Star Tribune

“It’s absolutely terrifying all of us,” said Kaywin Feldman, director of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. She views the NEA and the National Endowment for the Humanities as critical to museums’ research and exhibitions, such as the recent “Martin Luther” blockbuster show that drew more than 100,000 people.

Posted: February 26, 2017 Boston Museum Directors Denounce Feared Trump Administration Cuts to National Arts Agencies
New England Cable News

The heads of five Boston arts museums are pushing back against feared Trump administration cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The museums' directors say in an open letter that the agencies - and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting - help foster knowledge of the arts, create cultural exchanges, generate jobs and tourism, and educate young people.


Missoula Current

Among the proposals the administration is considering is eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities and privatizing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. That wouldn’t make much of a dent in the deficit—the three programs account for about a tenth of 1 percent of federal spending—but the cuts would please conservatives who have argued for years that the federal government has no business funding the arts.

Posted: February 23, 2017 Guam Humanities Council urges maintaining public programs
Guam Daily Post

The Guam Humanities Council is soliciting support for a petition to Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo, Northern Marianas Delegate Gregorio Sablan, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives to save the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Posted: February 23, 2017 Cornell Professor says cuts to arts and humanities funding could hurt local programs

If President Trump cuts the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) then programs like the Warrior-Scholar program, which introduces higher education to veterans and partners with Cornell University, could be left without funding. Tim Murray, Director for the Society for Humanities at Cornell, says cutting the NEH won’t save much money.