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The Value of Museums

Museums are more than a collection of objects. Museums are more than a resource for a community. Museums are more than a place for solitude, for study, for socialising, for gathering, a place to learn, a place to find inspiration, a place to find joy. Museums are more than one thing to everyone who visits them.

In light of the proposal to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities I would like to request submissions to feature on this blog of all the things that your museum, art gallery or archive has done to bring value to your communities. Have you worked on a project for your visitors? Have you conducted research to explore something new in your field? 

Please email me at at gmail dot com to start the conversation. I can’t wait to begin featuring your stories.

7. Hamilton: 

Back in 2013, when it was still called by its working title, The Hamilton Mixtape, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s record-shattering, Tony Award–hoovering musical was a selection of the Powerhouse Theater Season, a New York theater workshop funded that year in part by a $30,000 NEA grant. A Powerhouse reading of Hamilton marked the first time the full musical was unveiled in public.

The White House announced its intention of eliminating funding for three federal agencies—the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services—that have long provided support for the cultural sector across the country.  

Today, Philadelphia’s cultural sector asks you to join us to urge our government to continue federal funding for the arts, culture, and history. Share if you support. #SaveTheArts

Museums are extremely important because above else, they tell me things are real. They actually happened. Here’s tangible proof of it. It’s one thing to be told in history class or in a book that history happened. That’s never more relevant than now when there’s all this anti-Semitic fear (among many others) that embolden Holocaust deniers. But to see rooms full of items that were taken from the Jewish victims, their names on ledgers, remnants of their lost lives that are reminders to all of us that they WERE real. The atrocities DID happen. And we must never forget, especially as the survivors dwindle in numbers as old age takes them.

Megan M. 

I think this feedback is such a perfect example of why a museum collection is such an incredible value to our history. 

Do you have a story or feedback about why museums are valuable to you or your community? Email me at gmail dot com 

Read the original call for submissions

Trump’s Budget Cuts

In total, the budget proposes to ELIMINATE funding for these 19 agencies:

  1. Corporation for Public Broadcasting (aka NPR and PBS)
  2. National Endowment for the Arts
  3. National Endowment for the Humanities
  4. Institute of Museum and Library Services
  5. Corporation for National and Community Service
  6. Legal Services Corporation
  7. Institute of Peace
  8. Interagency Council on Homelessness
  9. Appalachian Regional Commission
  10. Delta Regional Authority
  11. Northern Border Regional Commission
  12. Denali Commission
  13. African Development Foundation
  14. Inter-American Foundation
  15. U.S. Trade and Development Agency
  16. Overseas Private Investment Corporation
  17. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  18. Chemical Safety Board
  19. Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation

[Source, Source]
These are the 19 agencies Trump would stop funding entirely
March 16, 2017.
By Kelly Parker, Dan Watson

Here’s a snapshot of the mission and history of the 19 independent agencies President Trump said he would stop funding entirely under his “budget blueprint.” Trump’s proposal also calls for deep cuts in other agencies and departments, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department, and shifts federal resources to defense.

  • African Development Foundation
  • Appalachian Regional Commission
  • Chemical Safety Board 
  • Corporation for National and Community Service 
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting 
  • Delta Regional Authority 
  • Denali Commission 
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services 
  • Inter-American Foundation 
  • U.S. Trade and Development Agency 
  • Legal Services Corporation 
  • National Endowment for the Arts 
  • National Endowment for the Humanities 
  • Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation 
  • Northern Border Regional Commission 
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation 
  • U.S. Institute of Peace 
  • U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness 
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Things I’m okay with paying for via taxes:

  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Meals on Wheels
  • The National Endowment for the Arts
  • WIC
  • The Department of Education
  • The EPA
  • The NYCPD
  • The Affordable Care Act
  • probably more things I just haven’t been made aware of yet which are potentially being taken away

Things I’m not okay with paying for via taxes:

  • Melania living in New York when their family is already incredibly wealthy and could pay for it themselves but are instead planning to use the money for the National Endowment for the Arts
  • Building a huge unnecessary border wall
Is anyone else starting to feel like they’re on a first name basis with the folks in their representatives’ offices?

It’s time to get on the phone again people!

The President’s proposed budget (which, admittedly, is going to face significant challenges from both sides and is nowhere near a done deal) proposes the elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services as well as the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities AND the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

If we are uninformed, uneducated, and unengaged in creative thinking we become much easier to push around. So…. this can’t happen.

Call your reps! Lodge those complaints! Be counted!

“Trump has only been in office a few months. We can’t blame him for how things are right now.”

Really? Really? 

Obama wasn’t in the news every other day having a tweet war or rant like a fucking toddler. Obama wasn’t in the news every other day with an article about taking rights away from a minority group of people. Obama wasn’t in the news because he wanted to get rid of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Education, WIC, funding for libraries and museums, or healthcare for 20 million Americans. Obama wasn’t taking away LGBTQIA and disabled people’s federal rights to employment protection in spite of the disability / sexuality. Obama didn’t have his VP having to say things like “Well he did say that” about things because of outlandish claims that had no backing. Obama didn’t spark what might be the largest organized protest in American history. Obama didn’t want to take care away from poor women who may not have access to OBGYN care due to economic status. Obama wasn’t endorsed by groups like the KKK. Obama’s administration wasn’t under investigation with just a few months in office. Obama didn’t make criminal accusations about the administration before him with absolutely no proof. Obama didn’t want to defund things like National Public Radio or the National Endowment for the Arts. Obama didn’t call the press liars every time they said something he didn’t like. Obama didn’t try to actively suppress free media. Obama wasn’t in the news because he had managed to act like a fucking adult for two hours during a speech. Obama didn’t need people around him to coddle him into doing his job. Obama didn’t get his news from notoriously unreliable sources. Obama didn’t spread false news stories, he fact checked them. Obama wasn’t a laughing stock to the rest of the world. Obama was better than Trump. I could go on and on, but honestly, this is getting exhausting.

So yeah. Yeah. I think we can blame Trump and his administration for how fucked up things are right now. I think we can pretty easily and with much justification blame Trump for the state of America right now. I think it’s pretty obvious.
Trump is 'eliminating arts funding programs'. It will save him 0.0625% of the federal budget
'It’s sad in a way because those programs aren’t causing the deficit. These programs don’t amount to a hill of beans'

It emerged over the weekend that Donald Trump is moving forward with his plans to axe the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities (which partially funds NPR and PBS), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and other programs as he looks to prune public spending.

The White House budget office has drafted a “hit list” of programs, according to The New York Times, all of which cost under $500 million a year to run. In fact, they total approximately $2.5 billion - just 0.0625% of the projected $4 trillion budget.

“It’s sad in a way because those programs aren’t causing the deficit,” Steve Bell of the Bipartisan Policy Center told the Times. “These programs don’t amount to a hill of beans.”

Administration officials are apparently aware of the comparatively minuscule cuts, but want to make examples of the programs as ‘wastes of taxpayer money’.

Robert L. Lynch, head of Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit, sees it differently.

“The public wants to see agencies like the N.E.A. continue,” he added to the Times.

“There is always a debate, but there has been agreement among Republicans and Democrats that funding for the arts is a good thing, and it has been kept in place.”

Concurrently, Trump’s weekend Mar-a-Lago getaways are costing taxpayers an estimated $3 million.