Friday, October 25, 2002

While no government can call a great
artist or scholar into existence, it is necessary
and appropriate for the Federal Government
to help create and sustain not only a climate
encouraging freedom of thought, imagination,
and inquiry, but also the material conditions
facilitating the release of this creative talent.

Taken from the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act of 1965
(the law that established the NEA )