What You Can Do to Help Advocate for the Humanities

Everyone in Missouri can help spread the message by sharing the importance of the humanities to you and your community.  Tell your state and local representatives about what humanities means to you. Here are some ways you can advocate for the humanities:

Call your elected officials.  Reach out to your State Legislators and the Lt. Governor in Jefferson City, MO.   Click here to find your legislator.  Your statement doesn’t need to be long, and you don’t need to present a perfectly-crafted argument. Simply describe how a humanities program transformed, inspired, or enlightened you, and be sure to thank the officials for the funding that made that program possible.   Also reach out to your US Rep and US Senator to also share the importance of Humanities.

Email your State Legislator and/or Congress member.   Emails can also be a powerful way to communicate with your elected officials.  A handwritten letter is also another way to reach out to them.  The power of a handwritten message is even greater.   Plus a personal letter goes a lot farther than a form letter.

Write letters to the editor of your local newspapers and magazines in support of humanities programs. Submit a letter to the editor to your local newspaper explaining why the humanities are important to you! Personal stories have the greatest impact on public opinion. Here are some ideas:

  • Use a personal experience you had with an author or presentation during our Proud to Be Veterans Podcast

  • Talk about what you learned from one of MO Humanities’ many grant programs that take place around the state

  • Tell the public about humanities programs you have attended that will be missed if they are eliminated

Create a buzz on social media. Follow your elected officials and tell them why humanities programming is important. Tag MO Humanities on Facebook and Twitter.

Provide MO Humanities with stories, testimonials, recent press, and other materials that demonstrate the impact of the humanities in your community.

Donate  Your donation is a tangible demonstration of support for humanities. It also helps us leverage additional private support and shows that you value this work. Please consider a donation today.

If you have any questions about how you can advocate for the humanities, reach out to Executive Director, Ashley Beard-Fosnow or Director of Community Engagement, Chrissy Sommer

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The Arts and Humanities belong to all the people of the United States.   

– President Lyndon B. Johnson on establishing the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Thank you for your interest in advocating for the humanities!  

Together we can support efforts to assure continued federal funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities and the state humanities councils.