I would first see about increasing its budget by two- or fourfold, because while art often contains an element of entertainment, it also -- always -- contains a large component that has to do with searching. So, for me, the National Endowment for the Arts resembles nothing so much as an endowment for research. Artists of all sorts are often following leads that may go nowhere or may discover something that is right before us, but without their exploration something that is in our midst might never be discovered.

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