Resources

Together, our arts and stories have more impact. Connect with other organizations and resources.

Interested in learning more? Here are some key colleague organizations, reports, featured news, opinions, and infographics you should get to know.

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.

Dear <>:

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.

Sincerely,
Name
Address

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.

Dear <>:

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.

Sincerely,
Name
Address

Resources:

NEH Impact Locator

NEH for All

Arts Social Impact Tool

 

Reports and Infographics

chArts and Sciences
(Phi Beta Kappa)

Federal Funding for Social and Behavioral Sciences
(Association of American Universities)

It Takes More than a Major
(Association of American Colleges & Universities)

Liberal Arts Degrees and Their Value in Employment
(Association of American Colleges & Universities and National Center for Higher Education Management Systems)

Power of the Liberal Arts
(Council of Independent Colleges)

Science Matters
(Science Coalition)

Heart of the Matter
(American Academy of Arts & Sciences)

Arts + Social Impact Explorer
(Americans for the Arts)

District Advocacy Guide: Engaging Humanities Advocates on a Local Level
(National Humanities Alliance)

NEH Impact Index
(Graduate Center Digital Initiatives)

The State of Humanities 2018
(American Academy of Arts & Sciences)

 

 

Featured News Articles and Opinions

Shocker: Humanities Grads Gainfully Employed and Happy
By Scott Jaschik
Inside Higher Ed | 2.7.18

Liberal Arts Prepare Students for a Changing World
By Brian F. Linnane
The Baltimore Sun | 6.13.2018

A Liberal Arts Degree- Specializing in Nothing- Is Actually Great for Your Career
By Amy X. Wang
Quartz | 11.6.17

The Ideal College Education Can Yield Rocket Scientists Who Write Poetry
By John M. Eger and Norah P. Schultz
San Diego Union Tribune | 3.31.17

Historians Make the Best Health Care Workers
By Emily Michelson
Times Higher Education| 1.22.17

You Don’t Need to Know Code to Make It in Silicon Valley
By Alice Ma
LinkedIn Official Blog | 8.25.15

That ‘Useless’ Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech’s Hottest Ticket
By George Anders
Forbes | 7.29.15

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