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Selected articles on NEH-supported projects.
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.

Posted: February 23, 2017 Trump says he wants to fix our divisions. But he may gut an institution that does exactly that.
Washington Post

By affirming our shared past, and stretching to spread connected conversations throughout all of America’s 21st-century communities, the National Endowment for the Humanities provides an unparalleled public service.  Perhaps we are so divided, Mr. President — a state of affairs that, as you acknowledged, preceded even the election of Barack Obama — precisely because we have so profoundly reduced our investment in connective tissue such as the NEH. One hundred fifty million dollars a year seems like a pretty good deal for efforts dedicated to helping Americans build a shared culture.

Posted: February 22, 2017 Trump Might Eliminate National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, Which Make Up 0.003% of the Federal Budget
Los Angeles Magazine

According to police estimates, it costs $500,000 a day to guard the Trump Tower, where First Lady Melania Trump has chosen to live with her son Barron instead of relocating to the White House. At this rate, Trump Tower security will cost about $183 million per year, which is more than the $148 million budget for the National Endowment for the Arts, which the Trump administration has threatened to eliminate.

Posted: February 22, 2017 What NEA Supporters Can Learn from the Republicans Who Tried to Destroy It

But this fiscal argument, while factually correct, won’t galvanize people to come out and support the agency. In order to win the battle for the NEA, the arts community needs to link it to larger debates that more Americans will find compelling. This is how the Republicans reframed the debate over the NEA in the 1990s, and it’s a lesson for those of us who want to reframe it today.

Posted: February 22, 2017 White House readies first Trump budget that could take aim at popular programs
ABC News

Both the RSC and Heritage Foundation's most recent blueprints aim to balance the budget in less than 10 years, balancing domestic cuts with entitlement reform. Both take aim at frequent conservative targets like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, AmeriCorps and the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. They also limit funding for the Appalachian Regional Commission, an economic development partnership between the federal and local governments in Appalachia, along with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Posted: February 22, 2017 Eliminating arts funding programs will save Donald Trump just 0.0625% of budget
Independent (UK)

It emerged over the weekend that Donald Trump is moving forward with his plans to axe the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities (which partially funds NPR and PBS), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and other programs as he looks to prune public spending.

Posted: February 22, 2017 The Shallow State
Foreign Policy

Life is once again imitating art. Actually, it’s worse than that. Now this president has decided that if he is shallow and his followers are shallow, he shall do what he can to make our society shallower. Perhaps that’s his most ambitious goal given the level to which we have sunk. But he is doing so nonetheless, now offering up a budget that would eliminate those small pockets within the U.S. government that promote depth or real knowledge.

Posted: February 22, 2017 Arts and Humanities Agencies Brace for Familiar Threat of Extinction
Government Executive

Since word began spreading late last month that the Trump administration’s first draft budget would adopt long-standing conservative proposals for eliminating NEH and similar agencies, people “are living day to day,” said Talana Morton-Smith, vice president of Local 3403, the bargaining unit of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents about half of NEA’s 160-member workforce.

Posted: February 22, 2017 The Folly of Abolishing the N.E.A.
New York Times

Sadly, it has become clear that the N.E.A. is, once again, under threat of being abolished, along with the National Endowment for the Humanities. The purported reason is cost savings.

Posted: February 22, 2017 NEH on “Hit List”
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

Since their founding 50 years ago, the NEH and NEA have supported high-quality, grassroots programming in communities across the country, reaching nearly every American with opportunities to understand, to celebrate, to discover new perspectives, to contemplate, reflect, and engage.