Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1996

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Author: William J. Clinton  | Date: June 12, 1996

Message to the Congress Transmitting the Report of the National Endowment for the Arts,
June 12, 1996

To the Congress of the United States:

It is my pleasure to transmit herewith the Annual Report of the National Endowment for the Arts for the fiscal year 1995.

On September 29, 1995, at the close of the fiscal year, the Arts Endowment celebrated its 30th anniversary. A young man or woman born at the same time as this Federal agency’s establishment has enjoyed access to the arts and culture unparalleled in the history of the country. The National Endowment for the Arts has helped bring tens of thousands of artists into schools, teaching tens of millions of students about the power of the creative imagination. This small Federal agency has helped launch a national cultural network that has grown in size and quality these past 30 years.

This Annual Report is another chapter in a great success story. In these pages, you will find projects that bring the arts to people in every State and in thousands of communities from Putney, Vermont, to Mammoth Lakes, California. The difference art makes in our lives is profound; we see more clearly, listen more intently, and respond to our fellow man with deeper understanding and empathy.

In these challenging times, when some question the value of public support for the arts, we should reflect upon our obligation to the common good. The arts are not a luxury, but a vital part of our national character and our individual human spirit. The poet Langston Hughes said, "Bring me all of your dreams, you dreamers. Bring me all of your heart melodies. . ." For 30 years, the Arts Endowment has helped keep those dreams alive for our artists and our audiences. May it long continue to do so.

William J. Clinton
The White House,
June 12, 1996.

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Chicago: William J. Clinton, "Message to the Congress Transmitting the Report of the National Endowment for the Arts, June 12, 1996," Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1996 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, June 14, 1996 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1996), 32:2543 Original Sources, accessed January 31, 2023, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=93Z3WN9X1M6H3LT.

MLA: Clinton, William J. "Message to the Congress Transmitting the Report of the National Endowment for the Arts, June 12, 1996." Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1996, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, June 14, 1996 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1996), 32:2543, Original Sources. 31 Jan. 2023. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=93Z3WN9X1M6H3LT.

Harvard: Clinton, WJ, 'Message to the Congress Transmitting the Report of the National Endowment for the Arts, June 12, 1996' in Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1996. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, June 14, 1996 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1996), 32:2543. Original Sources, retrieved 31 January 2023, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=93Z3WN9X1M6H3LT.