All Members of President’s Committee on Arts & Humanities Resign

All 17 of the non-governmental members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH) today submitted a group resignation letter (posted below), effectively disbanding the committee. 

The PCAH is comprised of government members (the heads of 12 federal agencies with culture programs) who serve “ex officio” and appointed non-governmental or “private” members.

In their resignation letter to President Trump, following his equivocation between the Nazi and white supremacist marchers and those protesting them in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend, and his apparent defense of some white supremacists, the private members wrote, “Ignoring your hateful rhetoric would have made us complicit in your words and actions.”

They also suggested Mr. Trump resign his presidency.

The Committee, which advises the White House on cultural issues, takes as its mission “using the power of the arts and humanities to contribute to the vibrancy of our society, the education of our children, the creativity of our citizens, and the strength of our democracy.” It was created by Ronald Reagan in 1982.

The Committee’s honorary chair is First Lady Melania Trump.

UPDATE: See Richard Zach’s comment, below.

Sources: Los Angeles TimesPolitico.


(Note: the 17th member of the committee, George C. Wolfe, added his name to the letter after it was released.)

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