Last year at this time, when the National Endowment for the Humanities – our primary source of support – was eliminated in the President’s budget, along with other federal cultural agencies, I and many others across the country wrote op-eds and articles making the case for keeping the agencies open with funds that, in total, are a very small part of the federal budget.
What I’ve seen in the past year, both in California and nationally, has reminded me how much our federal cultural agencies do for people across every cultural, geographical, and political spectrum, and what the funds we receive allow us to do in communities large and small. This year at California Humanities, we were able to make almost $1 million in grants, conduct library programs, support education efforts, serve VA hospitals, and partner federal dollars with local investment.
Now that we find ourselves at the same crossroads in the President’s budget again this year, our request is simple and positive: help us to spread the word that the value of our federal cultural agencies reaches every single one of us.
Our work to stop this elimination is ongoing. Take a moment to read my op-ed, visit our Support the NEH webpage for talking points, and find out the ways in which you can help take action to help prevent these proposed cuts.
You are our greatest advocates.
– Julie Fry
President & CEO