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