Wednesday, May 06, 2009


Let art begin at home, and let it spread through the children and their parents, and through the schools and the institutions and through government. And let us start by acceptance … that the arts are important everywhere, and that they can exist and flourish in small places as well as large … according to the will of the people. Let us put firmly and permanently aside the cliché that the arts are a frill. Let us accept the goodness of art where we are now, and expand its worth in the places where people live.

—Robert Gard, “The Arts in the Small Community,” 1968

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