The South Dakota Humanities Council provides a variety of events which boost local economies and our quality of life, and explore histories and culture. To keep these programs alive, we must advocate for the humanities.
Submit a letter to the editor of your local newspaper explaining why the humanities are important to you! Personal stories have the greatest impact on public opinion. Here are some ideas:
Your donation is a tangible demonstration of support for your humanities council. It also helps us leverage additional private support and shows that you value this work. Please consider a donation today.
South Dakotans significantly benefit from the opportunity to experience cultural events and conversations, which would not be possible without SDHC support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). To maximize limited resources in the state, cultural agencies creatively network and collaborate to bring in nationally respected authors, performers, musicians, and artists with funding from NEH and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
While our revenue sources include private support from individuals, corporations, foundations, and annual funding from endowments, the loss of federal funding from the NEH would hinder us significantly and jeopardize our programming. In recent years, the agency has faced threats of reduced funding and outright elimination during federal budget discussions.
From museums and art galleries to renowned authors, our citizens depend on the NEH and NEA for enlightenment and entertainment.