Recent News and Announcements

The New Mexico Humanities Council Thanks Congress and Constituents for Continued Funding

1 Jul 2017

On May 3rd, the FY 2017 omnibus bill funding the federal government was approved. The bill includes a $1.9 million increase for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). This news comes as a welcome relief to the New Mexico Humanities Council (NMHC) after weeks of uncertainty about the future of an important partner in their work to bring history and cultural programming to New Mexico.

NMHC Executive Director, Michelle Quisenberry, said, “We are grateful to Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Representatives Ben Ray Lujan and Michelle Lujan Grisham for their support of NEH and passage of the omnibus bill.” She went on to say “Their support assures that access to programming that enhances community exchange and understanding will continue throughout New Mexico, especially in our smallest communities.”

NMHC also wishes to thank everyone who advocated for the continued funding and protection of NEH. Without your voice and avid support for the humanities, it is uncertain what the result could have been.

The FY 2017 spending bill is effective through September 2017.

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16 May 2017

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NOW is the Time to Show Your Support for the Humanities

1 May 2017

Dear Friend of the New Mexico Humanities Council,

Imminent threats to de-fund or eliminate the National Endowment for the Humanities and its sister organization, the National Endowment for the Arts, at the national level are making headlines in Washington, D.C. If acted on, those threats could directly affect the survival of your state humanities council. We must take immediate action to prevent such cuts, and we need to let our members of Congress know that state humanities councils are a vital source of fostering our understanding of history and culture, of the human experience. The important work we do in communities across New Mexico depends on funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, without which our public humanities programs throughout New Mexico would not exist. This core funding has been essential in enabling us to support and bring quality humanities programs tailored to local and regional interests, to areas that otherwise would not have access to such programs.

Join us in our effort to preserve the New Mexico Humanities Council. Here’s what you can do right now:

*Contact your members of Congress directly. We encourage you to call them directly and share a personal story, to explain how you or your community or organization have benefited from the New Mexico Humanities Council’s programs, whether through a grant, reading and book discussions, participating in National History Day, or attending a Chautauqua program. Please let them know how the New Mexico council's programs have enriched your life and the life of your community.

*Visit the National Humanities Alliance (NHA)site and send a message to members of Congress there as well. Help spread the word! Use the NHA link below and express how much you value the work of the National Endowment for the Humanities and your state humanities council.

Please call today and let our congresspeople know how much you appreciate the humanities.

Senator Tom Udall 202-224-6621

Senator Martin Heinrich 202-224-5521

Representative Ben Ray Lujan 202-225-6190

Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham 202-225-6316

Representative Steve Pearce 202-225-2365

Please speak up and advocate for your humanities council. We cannot do this without your support!

Thank you for your help!

K. Michelle Quisenberry

Interim Executive Director

New Mexico Humanities Council

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