Crises facing the National Endowment for the Humanities have underscored a crucial need to increase awareness among policymakers and the public regarding the value of the NEH, in particular, and the humanities, more generally.
Recently, advocates most familiar with the NEH's work have sought to explain its impact through op-eds in national and local news outlets. At the same time, many have found it difficult to identify both compelling, overarching arguments about the NEH’s impact and examples specifying the ways NEH grants affect communities.
Journalists covering threats to the National Endowment for the Humanities have faced similar roadblocks. As a result, policymakers and the public have had less access to information about the projects the NEH funds and the crucial role this funding plays in catalyzing innovative scholarship, teaching, public programming, and preservation and access projects.
NEH for All, A Digital Clearinghouse
A digital clearinghouse that profiles influential National Endowment for the Humanities projects across the nation, NEH for All articulates how the Endowment benefits a wide range of communities. Profiles reflect grants that are diverse across three dimensions: geography, area of impact, and type of humanities activity (e.g. research, education, public programming, preservation, and digital). Cumulatively, they demonstrate the NEH’s impact across a number of areas, including:
- Preserving cultural heritage;
- Ensuring rural access to high-quality programming;
- Enriching K-12 education;
- Providing life-long learning opportunities for diverse audiences;
- Facilitating community dialogue;
- Supporting cutting-edge research;
- Fostering local tourism economies;
- Supporting veterans;
- Promoting civic education; and
- Collecting and curating local histories.
The first phase of NEH for All is now available online. In the coming months, we will continue to add and strengthen profiles and create briefing documents that offer overarching data (when available).
NEH for All has received generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
For more information, please contact Cecily Erin Hill (Project Director) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-296-2296 ext. 101.