Now, if only politicians, as a whole, would consider the arts essential to the health of society…but we are far from a Congress that actually does what it needs to do.

“As the nation’s economy has struggled amid falling property values, many other communities are counting on the arts as a means of economic development. In downtown areas of Baltimore and Phoenix and smaller towns such as Paducah, Ky., officials see the arts as a chance to bring redevelopment, grant dollars and people back to struggling neighborhoods.”

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