Join us now to advocate for NEH

Protect Funding for the Humanities

The Senate and House of Representatives enacted the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act half a century ago to promote progress and scholarship in the humanities and the arts in the United States.

The Act declares that the humanities belong to the people of the United States, and that the support of the humanities is a matter of concern to the Federal Government.

The Act declares that it is necessary and appropriate for the Federal Government to help create and sustain not only a climate encouraging freedom of thought, imagination and inquiry but also the material conditions facilitating the release of this creative talent, and that the humanities reflect the high place accorded by the American people to the nation's rich cultural heritage, and to the fostering of mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all persons and groups.

The Act, signed by President Johnson, established the National Endowment for the Humanities. It was established as an endowment for all American people. A legacy, an inheritance. A settlement founded on the best interest of an advanced civilization.

It is essential that we, who understand what the humanities are and realize their indisputable value to our country's prosperity and security, join efforts to assure NEH's future.

President Trump's budget blueprint recommends eliminating the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), which would devastate America's cultural infrastructure. The humanities are not a luxury for any one segment of society, they are fundamental to the fabric of our nation and our communities. NEH grants provide core funding to Colorado Humanities and hundreds of humanities programs nationwide.

The Federation of State Humanities Councils is advocating on a national scale for support of NEH, and advocating for NEH also supports Colorado Humanities, and we are active, committed participants in the Federation's effort. We ask you to participate, too.

Please give strength to our work, and join your advocacy efforts with the Federation of State Humanities Councils. I urge you to use the Federation's website to facilitate your call or email to our senators and representatives so that Congress will see the great depth of support for the humanities all across the country.

The Federation's online advocacy platform provides information on the issues, and easy access to our members of Congress via email, phone call, or both. Content is provided for your letters, which you can edit personally by simply adding or deleting text.

Thank you!

Click HERE for talking points on Colorado Humanities and the state humanities councils.