The following is from our friends at the North Carolina Humanities Council; please read and heed:
The House of Representatives has proposed cutting funding to the National Endowment for the Humanities by $20 million. Funding for the state humanities councils –including the North Carolina Humanities Council — would be cut by $9 million. This cut would follow on one already enacted last year; as a result, the NEHâ€™s budget would fall punitively below the â€œ2008 levelsâ€ stated as a goal for spending cuts.
Public humanities programs â€“ in very tangible ways â€“ change the lives of those they touch. It is critically important that you voice your opposition to further cuts to the NEH and the state humanities councils that continue to do excellent work at a time when our communities need all the opportunities they can get.
Annually, the North Carolina Humanities Councils reaches into every Congressional district with diverse programs and grant opportunities. To write your representatives, just click here for an easy-to-use form letter you may personalize.
Thank you for taking the time to write your representatives. Your support is critical in putting a halt to the continued erosion of our state’s cultural heritage and identity.
Shelley Crisp, Ph.D., M.F.A.
North Carolina Humanities Council