Funding Increase for the Humanities!

After much pressure from constituents, Congress has done the right thing – they increased funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and other important programs, such as the Fulbright programs.  The current Administration proposed doing away with such programs altogether, but Congress did not cooperate!  This is wonderful news, because now the work these agencies do can continue.

The work done by these agencies is important, and our nation would be greatly reduced without them.

… the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities.  … the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America.

What would we do without this?  The arts improve our lives and make them worth living.  I am so glad we have the NEA, and that they still have funding.

However, the work of the NEH is particularly noteworthy; read this.

Because democracy demands wisdom, NEH serves and strengthens our republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans. The Endowment accomplishes this mission by awarding grants for top-rated proposals examined by panels of independent, external reviewers.

NEH grants typically go to cultural institutions, such as museums, archives, libraries, colleges, universities, public television, and radio stations, and to individual scholars. The grants:  strengthen teaching and learning in schools and colleges, facilitate research and original scholarship, provide opportunities for lifelong learning, preserve and provide access to cultural and educational resources, [and] strengthen the institutional base of the humanities.

I can’t think of anything we need more of right now.  Wise leadership could save us all, and the NEH helps to foster this.

To learn more about these agencies, visit their websites:

neh.gov

and

arts.gov

I am so glad to share good news with you.  We now can look forward to enjoying the benefits these agencies provide, at least a while longer.  Thank God for good things, and rejoice!

 

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