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Selected articles on NEH-supported projects.
Posted: February 21, 2017 Trump’s misguided plan to eliminate arts funding
San Francisco Chronicle

According to recent reports, the Trump administration’s proposed budget eliminates the federal agencies that are the bedrock of America’s cultural and artistic vision: the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. These are organizations that invest in the people who live in communities of all sizes, stimulating local economies through partnerships with libraries, schools, veterans’ hospitals, nonprofit arts and culture organizations, museums and more.
 

Posted: February 20, 2017 Slashing humanities endowment reprehensible
Charleston Gazette Mail

The new president of the United States threatens to eliminate the National Endowment for the Humanities altogether, gutting what public funding remains for the WVHC. In some states, the donations of private individuals might save their humanities programming; I suspect in West Virginia it will not be enough. West Virginians will lose a valuable resource, and its children will grow up knowing much less about the history, culture and values of their state.

Posted: February 20, 2017 $5 Million Question For San Diego Organizations: What’s The Future Of Humanities Grants?
KPBS

“When I look at kind of what the National Endowment for the Humanities does for us, it preserves artifacts that haven’t been seen for a generation,” Hitch said. “And it creates jobs in one of the counties that has the highest unemployment rates in the state of California.”
 

Posted: February 19, 2017 Arts Groups Draft Battle Plans as Trump Funding Cuts Loom
New York Times

As the news spread that the White House budget office had included the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities on a list of programs it was considering trying to eliminate, arts leaders at large and small organizations around the nation reacted with alarm — and began making plans to fight for their survival.
 

Posted: February 19, 2017 Might Ivanka Trump Speak Up if Her Father Guts the Arts?
New York Times

Ivanka Trump recently helped defend gay rights from a proposed executive order from her father, Donald J. Trump, that would have scrapped Obama-era L.G.B.T. protections. Now, with the White House drafting plans to eliminate the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities, it is Ms. Trump who could emerge as a key player again, inasmuch as culture has been a rich part of her life.
 

Posted: February 17, 2017 Funding for the arts should be protected, not cut
Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Communities that were once struggling economically have rebounded through developing the arts in their areas. Museums, musical groups, history and humanities programs, annual festivals and creative arts projects not only bring cultural and employment opportunities for residents, they attract and hold the attention of people looking to relocate.

Posted: February 17, 2017 For the umpteenth time, the National Endowment for the Arts deserves its funding
Los Angeles Times

The National Endowment of the Arts is under attack — again. The foes are the same tired cast of characters who have assaulted the agency for the last 30 years. Their arguments are the same threadbare notions that have been repeatedly rejected. They are mounting a partisan battle that will do the nation no good. But for the sake of the arts, it needs to be fought again and won.
 

Posted: February 17, 2017 Professors Fear Loss of Federal Arts, Humanities Funding
The Harvard Crimson

Humanities professors and University administrators are bracing for the potential elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities under President Donald Trump’s administration, which some say could seriously hamper research at Harvard.
 

Posted: February 17, 2017 Popular Domestic Programs Face Ax Under First Trump Budget
New York Times

The White House budget office has drafted a hit list of programs that President Trump could eliminate to trim domestic spending, including longstanding conservative targets like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Legal Services Corporation, AmeriCorps and the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities.
 

Posted: February 16, 2017 Don’t Kill the National Endowment for the Humanities
Minding the Campus

The NEH has inspired some extraordinary and valuable work. There is no question that the NEH has, on average, moderated the excesses of the academic humanities. The Cole administration, in particular, shows that an NEH chairman moved by love of the humanities, not partisan zeal, can do great things.