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Selected articles on NEH-supported projects.
Posted: March 14, 2017 Letters: Don't cut funding for humanities
Indy Star

First, let’s look at the “good”: Cutting the NEH will save $148 million. By some calculations, this represents .0001 percent of federal spending— roughly equivalent to what the government spends on copy paper and paper clips.

Now the harm: The elimination of the NEH would slash or eliminate programs that serve Indiana communities from Vevay to Valparaiso.

Posted: March 13, 2017 Digital Humanities Satellite
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

Hosted by BBAW, DARIAH-EU, DINI, IFLA, LIBER and the Library of the Humboldt University Berlin

Due to the digital transformation the importance of digital scholarship is growing up rapidly for libraries and cultural heritage institutions like archives and museums worldwide.  These institutions offer and share their collections with digital scholars or researchers, who need the mostly digitized materials for their work.

Posted: March 13, 2017 The Massillon Museum - Installation of Stark County and the Great War
The Independent

Stark County and the Great War, an exhibition commemorating the centennial of U.S. involvement in World War I. Community members are invited to bring World War I-era artifacts, ephemera, and stories to share with museum staff, the staff will scan, process, and identify photographs while the owners are present, so photographs and papers can be returned immediately. The objective is to conduct oral history interviews, digitize World War I-era photographs, and document artifacts relating to military or civilian history between the years 1914 and 1918. Participants will take home everything they brought plus free digital copies of their items.

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, this project includes research, gathering of images, and identification of artifacts for potential inclusion in the exhibition that will debut at the Massillon Museum June 10 and remain on view through Nov. 12.

Posted: March 12, 2017 Whiting receives book club programming grant for at-risk teens
Laramie Boomerang

Whiting High School was selected to receive a competitive grant from the American Library Association to host a reading and discussion program for at-risk youth about teen violence and suicide, according to a news release. The training, paid for by the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities, was Thursday-Friday in Chicago.

Posted: March 12, 2017 Public TV, Radio Stations Bracing for Possible Loss of Federal Support
Reporting Texas

Viewers of KLRU-TV have been calling the station lately to voice their concerns. But it’s a federal budget issue, not the music on “Austin City Limits,” that’s causing the commotion.  The source of the concern is reports that President Donald Trump plans to cut funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which provides financial support to public television and radio stations across cultural programs such as the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, also are on the list for cuts.

Posted: March 12, 2017 Editorial: Is Trump about to destroy the arts? Um, no.
Richmond Times - Dispatch 3/13

The Trump administration’s reported cuts to domestic programs have renewed talk about funding for the cultural endowments. Those are the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 

Endowment supporters always had a tough case to make. On the one hand, they wanted to convey the idea that eliminating the federal subsidies would be a terrible blow to the arts, even though art somehow managed to thrive before the endowments were established in 1965. On the other hand, they wanted to downplay the significance of the endowments. As The New York Times recently reported: “Today, supporters say, the agencies cost so little that killing them would be empty symbolism.”

Posted: March 12, 2017 Library series examines poverty, prison correlation
The Waunakee Tribune, Wisconsin

A speaker series currently making the rounds in Dane County libraries examines the relationship between poverty and incarceration. Titled Punishing the Poor: Criminalizing Poverty, it will bring experts from the University of Madison along with individuals involved with the justice system to discuss the phenomenon of mass incarceration.  Waunakee Librarian Gay Strandemo applied for and was awarded a grant from the Beyond the Page Fund, a permanent endowment held by the Madison Community Foundation. It also receives support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Posted: March 12, 2017 Stephen F. Austin State University Grant Recognized
Longview News-Journal,

The National Endowment for the Humanities has once again recognized an NEH grant awarded to Kyle Ainsworth, special collections librarian at Stephen F. Austin State University, by including it in NEH's 50 States of Preservation series.  Ainsworth's 2012 grant helped fund a four-day disaster and planning workshop series, which was designed to instruct archivists in the basics of document preservation, emergency preparedness and salvage techniques.

Posted: March 11, 2017 In an Age of Ultra-Nationalism, What Happens to Music?
San Francisco Classical Voice

>The 0.012 Percent Solution. Although the tangible effects are mostly speculative, there is growing concern — not just about immigration but also the funding threats to the NEA and NEH. It appears to be 1939 for the arts, and the concern extends from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to the Seattle Symphony.

Posted: March 11, 2017 Latino Real Estate Titan Clashed With His Friend: Donald Trump
NPR - WVIK

Jorge Pérez, the Condo King of Miami, former member of the NEA: President Trump has made it very clear that he wants to eliminate both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, which is something that I would very much be opposed to.