About the Vermont Humanities CouncilBecause Ideas Matter
Advocate for the Humanities
The proposed federal budget calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).
Our friends have asked what they can do. Here are some suggestions.
Contact the Vermont Delegation
Thank them for their support, ask for their continued support, and tell them how the VHC or NEH has made a difference in your life or your community or on those around you.
Be specific. A story of one event or incident is probably more compelling than an argument or abstract assertion. Instead of saying how important community educational programs are, you might say:
Contact Family Members and Friends
It’s especially important to contact family members and friends who live in other states, particularly those with Republican senators and representatives, and ask them to contact members of their delegation in Washington.
Also ask them, to the extent they can, to tell a story or give an example of work of the National Endowment for the Humanities (like Ken Burns’s films or NEH-supported museum exhibitions that they have visited over the years) or the work of their state’s humanities council.
Articles from the Vermont Humanities Council
The arts and humanities are a large part of our nation’s cultural wealth, part of what makes us a great country. Our nation cannot afford to dispense with the humanities and the arts, especially to save a tiny fraction of the federal budget.read more
It’s ironic that people are calling for the NEH’s elimination, because we may need the humanities now more than ever, for at least three reasons.read more
The NEH in the News
From The New York Times: “I believe we can find a way to commit to fiscal responsibility while continuing to support the important benefits that N.E.A. and N.E.H. provide.”read more
From The Washington Post: one hundred fifty million dollars a year seems like a pretty good deal for efforts dedicated to helping Americans build a shared culture.read more
From The New York Times: the endowment brings the humanities into parts of the country that might otherwise never get to see a world-class museum exhibition or hear a lecture by a Pulitzer-Prize winner.read more
From The Smithsonian: what kinds of projects would be in jeopardy if the endowment’s budget was cut? Here are five things you may not realize were built with NEH grants:read more