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Humanities on the Hill 2017

"An investment in the humanities is an investment in democracy."

--NEH chair William Adams

In early March PHC staff and board member Silas Chamberlin participated in Humanities on the Hill, the annual advocacy day in Washington.

The PHC team met with 18 of Pennsylvania’s members of Congress (or their staff) to describe the impact of the humanities in our state and advocate for strong fiscal year 2018 funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities and the 56 state and territorial humanities councils. 

PHC's Donna Scheuerle, Katherine Loughead (Representative Ryan Costello office), and PHC executive director Laurie Zierer

There was a very specific urgency to the meetings this year, as the Trump administration has proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities, along with the National Endowment for the Arts, Institute for Museum and Library Services, and Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The president's budget outline is the first step in a long process, and PHC has joined forces with humanities and arts advocates across Pennsylvania--as well as state humanities councils across the nation--to advocate for strong funding for the cultural agencies.

The current National Endowment for the Humanities budget request is $155 million, including $46 million for state humanities councils. This funding is crucial for PHC, which receives no annual support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

Learn how you can advocate for the humanities right now--and at crucial points in the budget process.

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