Let’s make sure Congress knows that federal funding for the humanities makes a difference in Michigan.
The Administration’s Office of Management and Budget has called for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), as well as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services in the FY18 budget. While the combined savings achieved through these cuts would be a mere 0.02 percent of federal spending, the loss of NEH funding would be devastating for us and for the public and academic communities around the nation who rely on NEH support to leverage private funds and to fuel innovation. Acting now is critical to the future of humanities in Michigan and across the country.
A strong, vibrant democracy requires informed, engaged citizens. The humanities are not a luxury for any one segment of society; they are fundamental to the social fabric of our nation and our communities. They are the story of human experience, aspiration, struggle, and achievement. They help us understand what it means to be human. The public humanities programs made possible by Michigan Humanities Council foster critical thinking, increase historical and cultural understanding, promote civil discussions of difficult issues, and deepen bonds of affiliation within communities.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
1. Call or write your Congressional delegation
Contact our Michigan Congressional delegation and express your support for the NEH and for the state humanities councils. The majority of our current delegation have voted in support of the NEH in the past, so please thank them for their support (including Senators Stabenow and Peters who recently signed this letter of support for the NEH) and share specific stories with them about how the humanities enrich your local community. Please also share this information with your friends and family members and ask them to voice their support as well. Here is a full list of our entire Michigan Congressional delegation. To send an email or call our delegation, visit our Federation website for quick links.
Please also share this information with your friends, family members and people with influence and ask them to voice their support as well.
2. Write a letter to the editor
Write a letter to the editor of the newspaper in your region. Letters to the editor are generally 250 words or under. We encourage you to write in your own words and from your personal perspective. Remember that your best justifications are the benefits to your community. Tell your humanities story!
Letter to the Editor – Detroit News, MHC Board Chair Kathleen Mullins
3. Voice your support via social media
Post a message on Facebook or Twitter asking your friends, family members, and co-workers to voice their support for the humanities. Use the hashtags / headings:
WHAT YOU NEED TO GET STARTED
Along with your story, please share the following information:
Links to current stories in the Media:
Washington Post: Trump budget cuts NEA and NEH
National Endowment for the Humanities: Chairman’s Statement on Proposed NEH Elimination
New York TImes: Killing a Program That Brings History to Life
Washington Post: Cutting an institution that helps fix divisions