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Clintons Promote U.S. Art

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evankav
Wed, 26 Feb 1997 16:32:39 -0800 (PST)

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Dear WAAA Member,

We thought you might be interested in this story about the Clinton's support for
the arts...

By CARL HARTMAN
WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton endorsed a call for the
president to lead a ``Millennium Initiative' that would bring
citizens, government and business together for promotion of
America's arts and humanities.
``As we prepare for a new century, and yes, a new millennium,''
she said Tuesday, ``the arts and humanities are more essential then
ever to the endurance of our democratic values of tolerance,
pluralism and freedom at a time when so much else is happening to
change the way we work and live.''
At the president's request, Mrs. Clinton served as honorary
chairman of a committee whose report, ``Creative America,'' was
made public at a meeting in the Library of Congress.
``It's something we feel very strongly about,'' she said.
She urged using the Internet to give isolated children of farms
and inner cities the chance to ``take a virtual tour of our finest
museums and libraries.''
``The arts and humanities can offer children safe and productive
alternatives to crime, violence, gangs and drugs, transporting them
beyond the bounds of their difficult circumstances,'' she said.
Mrs. Clinton pointed to the president's bid for more spending on
the arts and humanities as he moves toward a balanced budget that -
though she did not say so - calls for cuts in many other items.
The report proposed an appropriation by 2000 of $2 per citizen
to support the national endowments for the arts and humanities, and
for libraries and museums. That would mean about $550 million
instead of this year's $385 million.
House Republican leaders have said they want to end all spending
this year on the National Endowment for the Arts.
At the news conference announcing the report, the committee
chairman, John Brademas, ex-president of New York University, was
asked how he would defend additional spending if he were still a
member of Congress.
``If one adds the present appropriation for the National
Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities
and the museum services,'' the Indiana Democrat replied, ``that
total aggregates just over one one-hundredth of 1 percent of the
budget of the government of the United States.''
AP-NY-02-25-97 1554EST

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