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The National Endowment for the Humanities Needs Your Help

Today’s post is a letter from NHA’s Interm Executive Director, Duane Webster.

Dear Colleague:

Wednesday, the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee marked up the FY 2013 spending bill that includes funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).  The bill proposes $132 million for the agency in FY 2013.  This represents a decrease of $14 million, or 9.6%, from the FY 2012 level of $146 million.

Now is the time to register your opposition. The full House Appropriations Committee still needs to consider the bill.  Please contact your Representative today and ask them to support the humanities and oppose cuts to the NEH.  The Alliance is urging Congress to provide no less than $154.3 million for NEH in FY 2013, the same level requested by the President.

Table: NEH Annual Appropriations (in millions of dollars)

Fiscal Year ‘95 ‘96 ‘00 ‘01 ‘02 ‘03 ‘04 ‘05 ‘06 ‘07 ‘08 ‘09 ‘10 ‘11 ‘12 ‘13
Appropriation 172.0 110.0 115.3 120.0 124.5 124.9 135.3 138.1 140.9 141.1 144.7 155.0 167.5 154.7 146.0 n/a

Click here to send a customizable electronic message from the Alliance’s online action center.

Thank you for making your voice heard.

Sincerely,

Duane Webster
Interim Executive Director
National Humanities Alliance

The NEH budget is very important to anthropologists: NEH supports high quality projects and programs that reach every U.S. state and territory, and benefit millions of Americans each year.  In FY 2011, NEH provided more than $131.1 million in support of 1,086 humanities projects.  These grants produce tangible results in every community.  For example, through NEH-supported projects in FY 2011 alone (non-exhaustive list):

  • Approximately 2,856 college, community college, and school teachers benefited from education programs supported by NEH; after participating in workshops, fellowships, and special projects, these educators went on to reach more than 389,000 students
  • 4,700 people in museums, libraries, archives, and historical organizations received training to learn the proper techniques to preserve and enhance access to humanities collection
  • 32 television and radio projects produced 110 broadcast hours, drawing cumulative audiences of approximately 37 million people
  • 24 preservation projects preserved and/or provided access to 1,145 hours of recorded sound and video collections; 3,685 linear feet of archival documents; 631,401 manuscripts, and other materials
  • research grants supported the work of 210 individual scholars and 56 long-term, collaborative  projects such as scholarly editions, translations, and archaeological excavations

Please take a moment to urge Congress to protect the NEH.

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