MLA Past Presidents Ask You to Support the NEH and NEA

The new administration’s proposed 2018 budget calls for the total elimination of funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). In response, twenty-four past presidents of the MLA have created a petition asking Congress to support full funding for these critical institutions. From scholars and students to museum visitors and local theatergoers, millions of people across the country have benefited from NEH and NEA programs. As the petition’s authors note, the NEH and NEA represent the United States’ “core cultural values,” including “creative thought and action, humanistic inquiry, and knowledge preservation. It is vital to democracy to preserve the nation’s cultural heritage and to foster the creation of new ideas that can become groundbreaking works of the future.” To show your support for the NEH and NEA, sign the petition today.