Target: Donald Trump, President of the United States
Goal: Allow government programs for the arts and humanities to continue providing services for Americans.
Allegations surfaced that Donald Trump’s administration will get rid of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) while privatizing Corporations for Public Broadcasting. Apparently, the new administration does not believe that taxpayers should have to fund plays, scholarly journals, and other forms of art, which has caused a stir amongst those who support organizations like PBS and NPR.
Created by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965, these agencies were designed to counter the trend of funds only going to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education at the expense of humanities programs. Communities access funds through proposals; the NEH has supported the creation of 16 Pulitzer Prize-winning books, in addition to helping the Sundance Film Festival take off. Arts and humanities enable us think critically and creatively, and both the NEA and the NEH are needed to continue funding projects and benefiting communities across the nation. Sign this petition to demand that Trump’s team maintain these agencies.
Dear President Trump,
The arts and humanities serve to empower and inspire minds, promoting creativity and innovation. To move forward as a nation and as a people, we need to promote this type of thought-provoking work, and provide resources so that artistic expression is available to all Americans, regardless of socio-economic status.
The NEH and NEA have funded various prestigious projects that contribute to our culture and history. Removing these departments and privatizing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be detrimental to many necessary programs. Please keep these government agencies alive and well so they can continue to benefit American citizens.
[Your Name Here]
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