Spring into Action
Each year, the National Humanities Alliance circulates “Dear Colleague Letters” among Members of Congress advocating for robust appropriations for the National Endowment for the Humanities. This year, a record number of U.S. House Representatives signed on to the letter, including 15 Phi Beta Kappa members.
You can take action today to voice your support for federal humanities funding.
Step 1: Don’t know who your representatives are? Find out who represents you in the House and in the Senate.
Step 2: Check here to find out if your legislators signed NHA’s Dear Colleague letters.
List of signers for House NEH Dear Colleague letter.
List of signers for Senate NEH Dear Colleague letter.
Step 3: Personalize a message.
They signed. Great news! Send them a quick thank you email to show your appreciation for their support of the humanities.
I am a constituent and recently noticed that you signed on to <Representative Price’s> or <Senator Udall’s> Dear Colleague letter in support of funding increases for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities.
I greatly appreciate your support of cultural investments in <your community> and thank you for making the NEH and NEA a stronger priority. We will all reap the dividends of our nation’s cultural agencies efforts to foster a globally competitive workforce, strengthen civic engagement, preserve our heritage, and protect national security.
Again, thank you for your support.
They didn’t sign. Now is a great time to reach out to your legislator as a constituent and remind them of the importance of sustained funding for the humanities. If possible, personalize the template below to highlight programs or organizations that receive NEA or NEH grants in your community.
I am a constituent and recently noticed that you didn’t sign on to <Representative Price’s> or <Senator Udall’s> Dear Colleague letter in support of funding increases for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities. Investments in the arts and humanities foster a globally competitive workforce, strengthen civic engagement, preserve our heritage, and protect national security.
As you know, the NEA and NEH are the primary sources for arts and humanities research, teaching, preservation, and public programming in the United States. Additionally, NEA and NEH funding strengthen the cultural infrastructure of communities like ours in every state and territory across the nation.
I know you will face tough decisions in the months ahead. The NEA and NEH are outstanding stewards of the relatively small amount of federal support they receive annually. That’s why I want you to know that I believe that federal investments in the NEA and NEH should be a stronger priority.
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