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Selected articles on NEH-supported projects.
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.

Posted: March 18, 2017 America needs the humanities more than ever
Baltimore Sun

Still, even for those who agree that the humanities are a fundamental part of our lives, there is the often-cited argument that public funding for the humanities is an example of government overspending. Even overlooking the fact that NEH funding totaled just a tiny fraction of 1 percent of the federal spending last year, we believe federal investment in the humanities is appropriate and necessary. Government support makes ours a nation where thoughtful and informed citizens are committed to a lifetime of learning that invigorates and strengthens our democracy — and our economy — through an open-minded exchange of ideas. Across the country, state humanities councils leverage $5 dollars for every federal dollar awarded at the local level. Here in Maryland, we leverage $4.22 for every dollar of NEH funding we receive through direct contributions and in-kind goods and services from our hundreds of community partners. The value of the humanities far outweighs the cost.

Posted: March 18, 2017 Kill Big Bird at your own peril

The NEA and NEH cuts may have been Trump saying “Snap!” this time — to actress Meryl Streep and the so-called Hollywood elites who are now predictably predicting the demise of Western culture.

Posted: March 17, 2017 Julie Andrews speaks out against Trump’s ‘mind-boggling’ budget plan to eliminate arts funding
New York Daily News

“This is mind-boggling to us, considering how much the arts benefit our lives and our world. They foster collaboration and creativity, essential skills for navigating in the workplace and surviving in a challenging world. They cultivate empathy and tolerance, by bridging cultural and socioeconomic divides. They're also good for business: They spur urban renewal, promote tourism and generate hundreds of billions of dollars in economic activity annually,” Andrews and Hamilton wrote.

Posted: March 17, 2017 In the Absence of Federal Arts Funding

Since President Lyndon Johnson and a bipartisan Congress created the national arts and humanities endowments, no president has called for their elimination -- until now. We should pause and think about what our country would be like in their absence.