NEH is the federal agency that makes local programs like "A Journey through Vietnam" possible, through grant making across the nation and core funding to state humanities councils like ours.
In fiscal year 2015, NEA grants reached every county in the country, many through partnerships.
"I think the stereotype may be that these are elite institutions supporting other elite institutions", Nossel said, but she noted that they fund projects all over the country.
President Donald Trump's first budget plan has some winners and some losers, the latter including funding for the arts, which could take a big hit if the proposal is passed as is.
Such approaches help us explore what makes us human, connect us with others and discover meaning and richness in our lives and our communities.
"Ultimately, it will be up to Congress to decide the matter", Mr. Pearce said. A lot of this grant money goes to funding game design programs and classes in education or to support games that seek to promote social change or educate.
The same fate would also befall the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds dozens of scholarly programs in California. Kidd described the cuts as an "assault on a wide range of humanities programs" that support a range of activities, including teaching and research. He also mentions smaller-scale initiatives-like the Junior Appalachian Musicians, a fifteen-year-old after-school program where students learn from masters of the music of western Carolina, and the North Carolina Heritage Award program for artists and artist fellowships-among worthy, time-tested programs that would face the chopping block.
As federal officials, the chairs of the endowments do not lobby or advocate for their programs.
Other arts leaders expressed cautious optimism, citing bipartisan opposition to the agencies' elimination and the past resilience of federal arts funding.
With Trump's call to eliminate the endowments looming, advocates are mobilizing their members to call their Congressional representatives and urge them to support the arts and humanities.
We understand that the President's budget request is the first step in a very long budget process; as part of that process, we are working with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to prepare information they have requested. In 2016, they received $300,000 directly from the National Endowment of the Humanities for continuing education curriculum. The agency is continuing its normal operations at this time.
The budget cut funding for the endowments, which have an annual taxpayer burden of $300 million but are just a fraction of the national $1 trillion budget and responsible for numerous nation's prestigious awards and fellowships in audio and visual, performing, and literary arts.
The proposed cuts were denounced Thursday by arts and cultural groups and their supporters, including Brian Ferriso, director and chief curator of the Portland Art Museum and president of the Association of Art Museum Directors, which represents 245 North American museums.
"There has never been an administration like this one, so we don't know what to expect", he said.
"It's really quite profound", he said.
For the Glasstown Arts District in Millville, the cuts could mean missed opportunities. "Those who don't, won't".
And "organizations who are in rural communities are going to be disproportionately affected by this cut", Proctor said. Our experiences with art create a shared sense of community, nationality, and ultimately humanity-something more important now than ever. But museums do so much more.
"These are not huge grants - they're from $30,000 to $75,000 - but they have an enormous impact on their communities", Walker says.
The NEA provides hundreds of grants to organizations that serve young people across the nation. In a statement, Julie Todaro, the president of the American Library Association, said the proposal to cut the IMLS is "counterproductive and shortsighted".
Federal funding amounts to roughly 11 percent of the annual budget for WPR and WPT, which is significant, but there is a great deal of support from within the state for the organizations, according to Brett.