Government Grants Within The United States Humanities Sector

Government Grants Within The United States Humanities Sector

The humanities are defined as academic disciplines that primarily study the human condition. It includes the study of Archaeology, Comparative Religion, Ethics, History, Languages & Linguistics, Literature, Jurisprudence, Philosophy, History, Theory, and Criticism of the Arts, and finally Aspects of the Social Sciences Which Use Historical or Philosophical Approach.

The field of humanities employs methods that are primarily analytical, critical, or speculative, as differentiated from the mainly empirical approaches of the natural sciences.

In essence, the humanities is basically a way of interconnecting people, building linkages from generations and generations of people and cultures who have existed with and before each other.

It allows the people of the present to describe and understand how their ancestors lived. It enables them to distinguish what is essential in their current lives and what they can do to make things better.

In this regard, the field of humanities connects tribes, communities, and countries. And as a result, it helps us address the challenges that we face as individuals, as families, as communities, and as citizens of the United States of America.

For this reason, the US government gives great importance to the field of humanities. In fact, it has supported and empowered it by establishing a slew of agencies that are primarily tasked to attend to humanities-related concerns.

First up, is the National Endowment for the Humanities, otherwise referred to as the NEH. Established in the year 1965 under the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act, the agency is generally dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

It seeks to accomplish its mission by administrating several initiatives and establishing grant programs such as the Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Program, which seeks to assist cultural institutions meet the complicated challenge of preserving massive holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting preventive conservation measures that reduce deterioration and lengthen the useful life of collections.

On the other hand of the circle is the National Archives and Records Administration, more commonly known as the NARA. The NARA is an independent agency of the United States government that is responsible for preserving and documenting government and historical records including the National Archives.

Meanwhile, there also exists the National Park Services (NPS) which manages all of the country's national parks, many national monuments, and other conservation and historical properties with various title designations.

The mission of the NPS is to "preserve the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations."


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