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Save our Souls: Tell Congress to Support the Arts and Humanities

Donald Trump's proposed 'skinny' budget allots zero dollars for theNational Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts, yet directs huge amounts of additional funds toward national defense. His decision to defund these important and long-standing initiatives is indicative of the type of person Trump is -- one devoid of a thirst for learning or the capability to notice beauty and wonder in the world and, one obsessed with being better than everyone else.

The arts and humanities are deeply linked to our our minds, our hearts, and our souls. As the mother of an artist, I see the benefit of arts programs, museums, artists, books, dance, theatre, and other forms of expression on a daily basis. I watch my daughter thrive when she engages with the arts and reading, and fade when her exposure wanes. I know that our ability to embrace critical thinking and the beauty of our world are essential to our very being.

Often times, people see the arts and humanities as an 'add on' or something extra rather than essential to the soul of our nation. Yes, the sciences* are key to our survival as a people; however, we must be able to dream in order to build, and the arts and humanities enable all of us to dream without limits.

My daughter attends a public school focused on science and project-based inquiry. Although an artist, she enjoys her anatomy and physiology class as well as physics and statistics. However, she is motivated and inspired by art, literature, history, music, and creative writing. It is this inspiration that feeds her soul and enables her to do her best work across all of her classes. Moreover, it is her artistic perspective and consumption of art and literature that enable her to push her friends to think more deeply and to search for solutions to problems that might be less than obvious.

Children, and all of us, need the arts and humanities to grow, to dream, to wish, to think. And unfortunately, Trump knows this and is working hard to wipe out the programs that not only nourish our bellies but our souls. Please remember the prescient words of historian Carter G. Woodsen who said, "When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his 'proper place' and will stay in it." Without the arts and humanities, we are not free, we are confined to the spaces that others deem appropriate for us.

If you believe in love, hope, dreams, creativity, and wonder, take a few minutes and write to your senators and representatives and tell them why the arts and humanities are important. Perhaps, it would be more convincing to include some drawing, songs, poems, and plays along with your letter. #HumanitiesBudget

*Please note that Donald Trump has no regard for the sciences either.

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