The National Endowment for the Arts is as important to this nation -- its spirit, its sense of self -- as any other of our Government departments and agencies. It is long past time that this be recognized.
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In the Depression years, the WPA provided, encouraged and sponsored great art initiatives employing thousands of artists. The question was asked, "What has happened to us since then?"
I have always been struck by the paucity of interest and support our government gives to the arts. In Obama's opinion it appears the arts have become essential to reengage our standing in the world.
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