America needs the humanities more than ever

Trump unveiled a $1.15 trillion budget on Thursday, a far-reaching overhaul of federal government spending that slashes many domestic programs to finance a significant increase in the military and make a down payment on a U.S. -Mexico border wall.

In addition to funding programs at the library, the NEH has provided money to Bates College to evaluate its collection of Marsden Hartley drawings.

“Support for national arts and humanities initiatives define who we are as a nation and are pivotal in the advancement of our education and economy”, Sen.

The NEA costs every American less than a dollar a year and, with other cultural programs like the National Endowment for the Humanities (which, surprise! will also be eliminated via Trump’s newest proposal), it makes up 0.02 percent of the national budget. “The President’s budget is a preliminary step in a larger process, and we look forward to working with policymakers, the Administration, and our industry allies to protect our country’s important arts programmes”.

The Martin Museum showcases art of many forms, including sculptures such as the one above. “If I can get a message across while making someone laugh then I’ve done my job”.

Trump is the first president since the endowments were created in 1965 to call for their elimination, noted Dena Wortzel, executive director for the Wisconsin Humanities Council.

The Corporation of Public Broadcasting now has a budget of $445 million, while the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities each have a budget of $148 million. Neil Portnow, the President/CEO of the Recording Academy, says the cuts would be “shortsighted and alarming”, removing cultural enrichment from the lives of the American people. Chu also said that the National Endowment for the Arts will continue to operate until a budget is finalized.

During one of his signature campaign-like rallies this week, President Donald Trump claimed that his first two months in office were the most productive ever for a president. Additionally, through the Oregon Arts Commission, the NEA provides operating support to the Museum.

“While the NEA is just a small share of the federal budget, it has an outsized impact, especially on smaller arts groups for whom these dollars are critical lifelines”, Stringer said.

“Without support from the National Endowment for the Arts, August Wilson might have remained a short-order cook in St. Paul, Minn., Lin-Manuel Miranda and Wendy Wasserstein’s talents might never have been shared with the world”, Whiteway said.

Rapid City Arts Council Executive Director Pepper Massey says, “Economic development”. Additionally, many small art activities will disappear in communities across the nation because they are no longer receiving National Endowment for the Arts funding, Smith said. “The NEA comprises far, far less than 1 percent of the federal budget”. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, NEA grants fund arts programs to ensure freedom of thought, imagination and inquiry.

“Any cuts to other arts and social service agencies would only lengthen the line at a philanthropist’s door”, he said.

“As the Guilds representing creators, performers, technicians and artists in American film, television, radio, sound recordings and digital media-urge our nation’s leaders to preserve funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting“.

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