About the Vermont Humanities Council

Because 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:

  • How thrilling it was to see high school students attend a free talk by a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian
  • How inspiring you’ve seen the Humanities Camps to be
  • How 30 Vermont educators attended the 2016 Fall Conference on leadership, and how that experience enriched their work as teachers

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.

Tell Us What You’ve Done

And if you would, please let us know what you’ve done by filling out this short online form.

We also ask for your generous financial support. We couldn’t do what we do without it.

Articles from the Vermont Humanities Council

Investing In Cultural Wealth

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.

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The NEH in the News