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NEH Awards $39.3 Million in Last Round of Grants for 2017

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a total of $39.3 million in grants to 245 recipients for its last round this year, writes Jennifer Schuessler of the New York Times. The initiatives and projects being funded include an exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden that will feature Georgia O’Keeffe’s commercial work for the Hawaiian Pineapple Company; a literacy program on military bases in the United States; a history of American comedy between World Wars I and II; and the preservation of Ernest Hemingway’s home in Idaho.

Despite Trump’s calls to dismantle the NEH and the National Endowment for the Arts in March—the first president who took steps to do so since the formation of the agencies—a bill was passed by the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee last month, approving $145 million for each agency in the 2018 fiscal year.

“NEH grants ensure that Americans around the country have the opportunity to engage with our shared cultural heritage. These projects demonstrate the power of the humanities to build connections, stimulate discovery and contribute to vibrant communities,” said Jon Parrish Peede, the acting chairman of the endowment.

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