"Cudos to those who stand up for the arts as a way to create community identity, tourism, local-level revitalization for communities suffering the loss of local industry. The NEA serves to bring arts to underserved communities, which allows performers, exhibits, etc, to tour and to touch the hearts of Americans across the spectrum. Each time the endowment provides funds for public sculpture, or helps out with grants for the operations of a local arts organization, it is providing economic stimulation and community stimulation-- not the least of all by keeping pride in local communities.
Arts feed more than just the artist; they feed the mind, the spirit, and the soul. Hospitals recognize the healing power of art. As a glass artist, I'm proud to tell anyone who will listen that my equipment and my raw materials are made in America."