ASA asks for your support of the NEH

The US African Studies Association in partnership with the National Humanities Alliance is organizing support for the many important programs of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

As the linked site above states, in light of the fact that the Trump Administration will be shaping its budget request over the coming months with broad input…we look forward to an opportunity to demonstrate the value of federal funding for NEH.:

Consistently, Members of Congress have been compelled by advocacy that points out that:

  • Through a rigorous peer-review process, NEH funds cutting-edge research, museum exhibits that reach all parts of the country, and cultural preservation of local heritage that would otherwise be lost.
  • NEH’s Standing Together initiative funds reading groups for veterans that help them process their experiences through discussions on the literature of war; writing programs for veterans suffering from PTSD; and training for Veterans Affairs staff to help them better serve veterans.
  • NEH grants catalyze private investment. Small organizations leverage NEH grants to attract additional private, local support. NEH’s Challenge Grant program has leveraged federal funds at a 3:1 ratio to enable organizations to raise more than $3 billion in private support. State Humanities Councils, meanwhile, leverage $5 for every dollar of federal investment. Grants through the Public Programs division have leveraged more than $16 billion in non-federal support, an 8:1 ratio.

We ask you now to send a message to your Members of Congress and the President to make clear that you, as a constituent, value the humanities.

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