S.O.S. from arts advocates

Love the humanities? Here's a chance to show your support...

A national newscast Monday night tried explaining proposed cuts to the federal budget using a giant pie chart made of pennies.

I’m all for doing the math — but the coins were more distracting than demonstrative.

Not so for an e-mail alert I opened at around the same time, which read as follows…

The House of Representatives will be voting on a bill that would cut the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) appropriation by 7% which would mean a loss of $12 million. The NEH’s current budget is only 1/21,000th of the federal budget and costs about as much as a postage stamp per person. 

We need your help! Today and tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday, February 14th – 15th, the House of Representatives will debate these cuts.

Please show your support for the AHC and NEH by clicking here to send a message to your representative. 

A cut to NEH’s budget will directly impact the federal funds that support the Arizona Humanities Council (AHC). Since the inception of AHC in 1973, our programs and funding of approximately $10 million for public humanities projects have reached approximately 4 million people throughout Arizona.

The e-mail came from Brenda Thomson, executive director for the Arizona Humanities Council. You can click here to learn more about their work.

I can’t tell you whether or how to get involved — only remind you that these issues are often on the horizon, and there are all sorts of ways to register your input.

Additional resources for those interested in arts advocacy are the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Arizona Citizens Action for the Arts. 

— Lynn

Note: Click here to learn more about the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Coming up: King Arthur tales, Stage mom turns audition judge

Photo: www.wvgazette.com

Update: President Obama just awarded the “Presidential Medal of Freedom” to 15 individuals — including four honored for work in the arts and humanities (poet Maya Angelou, artist Jasper Johns, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and VSA founder Jean Kennedy). It’s powerful evidence of the crucial role played by arts and culture in the very fabric of American life.

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