Your Voice Matters

It’s important for our partners, grantees, attendees and donors to voice their support for the humanities throughout the year. But we may call on you from time to time with immediate urgency in regard to our funding. Typically, this comes after the president’s budget is announced and when Congress begins budget deliberations.

If you’d like to sign up to be among those we reach out to first, please complete this form.

If you’d like to help us right now, you can contact your congressional representatives and:

  • Explain that thanks to federal dollars, humanities programs flow into public libraries, community cultural centers, and hometown fairs and festivals from Valparaiso to Vevay.
  • Explain that every Hoosier deserves access to thought-provoking cultural programs.
  • Convey that communities with vibrant humanities programs have a greater quality of life, which leads to economic growth and jobs.

Phone calls make the most impact. Click here to find out who your representatives are and how to contact them.

During times of need, we may encourage you to share a personal story or reach out about the budget decision ahead.

Here’s an example of what you could say:

“As you and your colleagues discuss and work on the budget, I want to convey the important role that Indiana Humanities plays in our district. Funded through the National Endowment for the Humanities, Indiana Humanities awards grants, provides resources and creates programs that have enhanced the quality of life in my community. Cutting the NEH would not significantly trim the federal budget, but it would significantly affect the quality of life in states and communities like ours. Help Indiana and our country thrive by providing us with more resources—not fewer.”

You might also tell a personal story about how Indiana Humanities has impacted an organization in your community—through a grant, a community read program, a visit from an author or Novel Conversations, for example. See how we’ve made an impact in your congressional district with the maps below.