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Speak Up for the Humanities

Let’s make sure Congress knows that federal funding for the humanities makes a difference in Kansas.

The Trump administration released its FY 2021 budget and it does not include any funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). It is up to Congress to oppose the elimination and now it is up to us to work with Congress to make sure our voices are heard. The NEH has benefited from bipartisan support since President Lyndon Johnson signed the federal legislation in 1965. Every Congress since then has believed in the power of the humanities to make a difference right here at home.

Humanities Kansas depends on federal funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support and create public humanities events in Kansas.

The humanities are essential in Kansas. Humanities Kansas:

  • Supports towns of all sizes
  • Works with diverse organizations
  • Leverages private dollars
  • Focuses on grassroots needs
  • Strengthens civic life
  • Boosts local economies
  • Small Investment, Big Impact

NEH received $162.25 million in FY 2020. This is a fraction of a percentage of the total federal budget: Less than one-tenth of one percent of annual federal spending goes to NEH, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting combined. In fact, federal investment in the NEH costs less than the price of a stamp per American per year. In Kansas, we know that the value of NEH and Humanities Kansas is priceless to Kansas communities large and small, rural and urban.

Will you join your fellow Kansans to speak up in support of funding for the humanities?



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