Thursday, September 29, 2016


JFK+50:  Volume 5, No. 2083


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Fifty-one years ago today, September 29, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act which created the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The act promotes the progress and scholarship in the humanities and the arts in the United States.  According to Provision 4 of Section 2 of the act...

"Democracy demands wisdom and vision in its citizens.  It must therefore foster and support a form of education, and access to the arts and the humanities, designed to make people of all backgrounds and wherever located masters of their technology and not its unthinking servants."

Provisions 9, 10 & 11 of Section 2 state...

"Americans should receive in school, background and preparation in the arts and humanities to enable them to recognize and appreciate the aesthetic dimensions of our lives, the diversity of excellence that comprises our cultural heritage, and artistic and scholarly expression.

It is vital to democracy to honor and preserve its multicultural artistic heritage as well as support new ideas....(and)

To fulfill its educational mission, achieve an orderly continuation of free society and provide models of excellence to the American people, the Federal Government must transmit the achievement and values of civilization from the past via the present to the future, and make widely available the greatest achievements of art."

The final provision of Section 2 called for the establishment of a National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities.  The office of the foundation is located at 400 7th Street SW, Washington, D.C. 20506.


"National Foundation in the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965," National Endowment for the Humanities,