Every year, PA Humanities joins other state humanities councils in Washington, D.C. for Humanities on the Hill. This national event is an opportunity to meet with members of Congress and make a persuasive case for the value and impact of the humanities and to advocate for increased funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). This funding is crucial for us, as we receive no annual support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Despite the pandemic, our programs and grants continue to provide opportunities for people to connect and discuss important issues, have meaningful cultural and learning experiences, and engage in equitable community building. PA Humanities—along with our board, partners, and grantees—organized online meetings with congressional legislators and their staff members in 11 of the 18 districts across both the state and political spectrum. We discussed our work in their districts, the crucial importance of the humanities to the state’s economy, the ongoing impact of Covid, and the available recovery and growth opportunities.
Everyone in PA can help spread this message. Tell your state and local representatives about the importance of the humanities to you and your community. Here are some ways you can advocate for the humanities:
If you have any questions about how you can advocate for the humanities, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.