Jon Parrish Peede, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), told the Post that the agency will continue operating as normal until Congress takes action on its 2020 funding.
“Since its creation in 1965, NEH has established a significant record of achievement through its grantmaking programs,” Peede said. “Over these five decades, NEH has awarded more than $5.7 billion for humanities projects through more than 65,000 grants. That public investment has led to the creation of books, films, and museum exhibits, and to ensuring the preservation of significant cultural resources around the country.”
“Public investment has led to the creation of books, films, and museum exhibits, and to ensuring the preservation of significant cultural resources around the country.”
—Jon Parrish Peede, National Endowment for the Humanities
While Trump’s budget has been deemed “dead on arrival” by Democrats—who control the House of Representatives—cuts to the arts and humanities are another example of the president’s warped priorities.
As Common Dreams reported, Trump’s budget blueprint would also cut trillions of dollars from Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security while hiking the Pentagon’s 2020 budget to $750 billion.
Trump’s budget, officially released last week, came just days after a study by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) found that the arts contribute 4.2 percent of America’s annual gross domestic product (GDP)—more than agriculture, warehousing, or transportation.
“The robust data… show through hard evidence how and where arts and culture contribute value to the economies of communities throughout the nation,” said NEA chair Jane Chu. “The data confirm that the arts play a meaningful role in our daily lives.”
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