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. This threat to our national cultural agencies is deeply concerning, but it's important to remember that Congress writes the federal budget, not the president. The president's proposed budget is just one step in a long process, and we're heartened by the strong bipartisan support Congress has shown for the humanities in recent years.
What Can You Do?
- Call your elected officials in their Washington D.C. or local congressional offices, or both, and tell them how important humanities programs are to you and your community. It’s important to tell your story. Your statement doesn't need to be long, and you don't need to present a perfectly crafted argument. But do be specific in describing how a humanities program transformed, inspired, or enlightened you, and be sure to thank the officials for the funding that made that program possible.
- Attend a member of Congress's town hall or other open meeting.
- Email the member if you are unable to place a call or attend a meeting.
- Write a letter to the editor of your local newspapers and magazines.
- Create a buzz on social media. Follow your elected officials, and tell them why humanities programming is important. Tag PHC on Facebook and Twitter.
- Provide PHC with stories, testimonials, recent press, and other materials that demonstrate the impact of the humanities in your community.
- Sign up for our Advocacy Alerts. In the coming months, as the FY18 budget takes shape, we will share solid details with you. At crucial points in the process, we will provide specific steps you can take to advocate for the humanities.
Thank you for your support. Please be sure to let us know what actions you have taken and what you have learned. With your help, we will keep the humanities in action and create positive change in Pennsylvania!