Humanities on the Hill Registration and Hotel Now Open
State humanities council members can now register and make their hotel reservations for the 2017 Humanities on the Hill advocacy event taking place March 6-8, 2017, in Washington, D.C. The event is sponsored by the Federation of State Humanities Councils and will bring together supporters from across the nation and the U.S. territories to demonstrate the importance of humanities programming and advocate for funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The NEH provides funding for humanities programming through competitive grants and directly to the councils through its Office of the Federal/State Partnership.
The annual Humanities on the Hill event provides an opportunity for humanities council members to meet with their state representatives in Washington, DC, participate in a briefing, a members-only debrief, and a congressional reception, which in the past has welcomed multiple representatives and senators who offered words of encouragement to the councils and expressed support for their work. The congressional reception will be held on March 7, 2017 at the Reserve Officers Association building. A formal invitation will be released in the coming weeks.
“Support for humanities programming is vital to the healthy makeup of our nation, from the smallest communities to the largest cities,” said Esther Mackintosh, Federation of State Humanities Councils President. “Humanities programs address important needs of our veterans, families, teachers, and students, while celebrating local histories and inspiring dialogues that promote understanding and civic engagement. This year, as with every presidential inaugural year, it is increasingly important that members attend Humanities on the Hill to showcase their work, establish connections with the new administration, and express funding needs to their representatives, advocating on behalf of the communities and individuals they serve.”
Throughout Humanities on the Hill, participants will also be able to share advocacy best practices with colleagues, exchange ideas with major partners including the NEH and NHA, and interact with other humanities supporters. Event registration runs until February 27, 2017, and hotel reservations close February 3, 2017.
For questions related to hotel, travel, and event registration and reservations, please contact Shannon Loburk, Federation of State Humanities Councils Director of Events, at firstname.lastname@example.org