March 8, 2016
Humanities on The Hill: A Recap

It's early spring, when Hoosiers' minds turn to basketball tourneys and Hoosier humanists head to Washington, D.C. for Humanities on the Hill, the annual national advocacy event conducted by the Federation of State Humanities Councils.

It’s early spring, when Hoosiers’ minds turn to basketball tourneys and Hoosier humanists head to Washington, D.C. for Humanities on the Hill, the annual national advocacy event conducted by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. During the three-day event, our team met with members of the Indiana Congressional delegation to update them about our work in their districts and share stories of the impact of humanities funding on the people of Indiana.

Hum on the Hill brings together Federation members from across the nation to meet with their congressional representatives, share advocacy best practices and present a united message about the value of the humanities. During this event, council staff advocates for funding for the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) and the NEH Federal/State Partnership, which administers funding for the state humanities councils. You can read more about the collaborative approach to advocacy here.

Keira Amstutz (president and CEO), Leah Nahmias (director of programs) and Rosemary Dorsa (Indiana Humanities board member) logged several miles, speaking with Representatives, Senators and their staffs about the importance of Indiana Humanities programming. During each visit, we highlight local grants, projects and events, as well as answer questions about the diverse community partners we serve across the state. It is a great opportunity to converse with Congressional staff about the work of the NEH and how federal dollars are leveraged for additional private support – in Indiana, nearly $7 for every $1 of federal funding – back home. We also emphasize our careful stewardship of NEH funds, as well as the broad reach – 158 towns and 84 counties in 2015 – they enable.

Want to learn more? Click on the district maps and narratives below to understand the impact of the humanities in your community.

We look forward to continually telling the important story of work we do here at Indiana Humanities.

Director of Programs, Leah Nahmias, Legislative Assistant for André Carson Erica L. Powell and President and CEO Keira Amstutz
Director of Programs, Leah Nahmias, Legislative Assistant for André Carson Erica L. Powell and President and CEO Keira Amstutz
President and CEO Keira Amstutz and Indiana Representative Susan Brooks
President and CEO Keira Amstutz and Indiana Representative Susan Brooks
Board member Rosemary Dorsa
Board member Rosemary Dorsa
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