While hundreds of thousands of federal workers in the U.S. remain furloughed amid the country’s longest government shutdown ever, staff at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) are headed back to work. Both agencies, which give millions in grants annually to support cultural and scholarly projects in every single state, have been shuttered since December 22nd due to the shutdown. However, both will use remaining administrative funds from the fiscal year 2018 budgets to reopen for up to four weeks, beginning Monday.
In a statement on its website
, the NEH explained: