Advocate for the Humanities
The current presidential administration released a budget blueprint for FY 2018 that includes elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. This type of action would be a devastating blow to the cultural, educational, and civic life of our country.
Since the NEH was created by Congress more than 50 years ago, a remarkable cultural infrastructure has developed throughout our country where national, state, and local partners work to bring people together with the humanities to find our way to a brighter future. Thank you for speaking up for the humanities here in Nebraska and across the nation. Much is at stake, and your voice is needed.
Humanities Nebraska and all of the state humanities councils throughout the nation are dedicated to making educational humanities programs accessible to people of all ages and walks of life, wherever they live, and the NEH is a critical partner in this mission.
The President’s recommendations must be approved by Congress. Regardless of political party affiliation, the senators and representatives we’ve spoken with have shown great appreciation for the humanities work funded by the NEH and conducted by Humanities Nebraska and similar non-profit organizations in other states. But they need to hear from you, the general public, in order to vote to protect the NEH and these other important agencies.
Take action now!
1. Contact your members of Congress by phone or email and express your support for funding the NEH. Follow the link to the Federation of State Humanities Councils web page with quick access to phone numbers and email access have created a page on their website that allows you to quickly send email messages to your representatives, or phone them, or both. As part of your message, whether by phone or email, I encourage you to include your own personal story about what the humanities have meant to your life or your community.
2. Share your personal stories of how HN programs have personally helped you and/or your community by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can compile real-life examples to show to Congress.
3. Talk about this issue with your family, friends and colleagues.