NY Council for the Humanities Funding Threatened

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800px-US_Capitol_SouthThe House of Representatives Appropriations Committee has scheduled a markup of the 2014 fiscal year Interior Appropriations bill for this Wednesday, July 31, 2013.

The New York Council for the Humanities is urging friends of the humanities to write today, to increase awareness of the potential consequences of proposed deep cuts (nearly 50%) to the National Endowment for the Humanities.

They’ve collected 129 letters of support and have a goal of gathering 150 letters by tomorrow, Wednesday. They have yet to receive letters the the following legislators: Bishop, Meeks, Meng, Nadler, Rangel, Serrano, Engel, Hanna and Slaughter.

The Interior Appropriations Subcommittee sent a bill for FY 2014 funding to the full Appropriations Committee that includes only $75 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), a 49 percent cut for the agency. This bill threatens the viability of the 56 state and territorial humanities councils, including the New York Council for the Humanities, which receive significant funding from the NEH.

Before the full Appropriations Committee votes on the bill, friends of the New York State Council for the Humanities, are being asked to contact the Committee members and voice your opposition to cuts that would halve the NEH, devastate the state humanities councils, and force the elimination of programs in thousands of communities across the nation.

The councils are non-profit organizations, delivering programs in rural areas and inner cities, often to groups that would otherwise not have access to such resources. Although councils raise funds from corporations, foundations, state governments, and individuals, federal funding is key to attracting these other kinds of support.

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