Spring into Action!

Executive Director Julie Ziegler invites you to speak out, step up, and show your support for the humanities.

Julie Ziegler

Julie Ziegler, Humanities Washington executive director

Spring is the season for action. It is in this spirit that I invite you to invest in and speak up for something in which I know you believe: the power and value of the humanities.

Earlier this month, Paul Ryan introduced a budget proposal that would slash federal spending over the next ten years. His proposed cuts would disproportionately affect domestic programs, cutting Pell grants for education and completely eliminating funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and public broadcasting. This approach to national “prosperity” would destroy important programs and institutions that chronicle and celebrate our culture and democratize education, effectively bankrupting the heart and soul of our country.

As a friend of Humanities Washington, you’ve seen the value of our programs. I urge you to voice your support by joining the thousands who have signed a letter to Congress to support NEH funding in the FY 2015 Budget. You can add your name to this letter by emailing me at julie@humanities.org. Please indicate your full name, professional affiliation, and city of residence.

In addition to speaking up for what you value, put a value on all that the Humanities Washington does for local communities – yours and countless others across the state – and make a gift to our spring fundraising campaign. Your support provides beloved books like Dr. DeSoto and Horton Hears a Who! to our Prime Time Family Reading program in communities from Port Townsend to Walla Walla.

There is some hope for the federal budget. 148 members of the House of Representatives – including six of Washington State’s 10 representatives, have publicly expressed support for NEH funding. Congresspeople DelBene, Heck, Kilmer, Larsen, McDermott and Smith  have all signed this Dear Colleague letter in favor of funding for the NEH. Please thank them for their support!

Let’s make this spring a time of renewal and growth, and bankroll – not bankrupt – our cultural institutions, resources and programs.



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