If I ran the National Endowment for the Arts, I would reassert the importance of art and culture in preserving our democracy, and I would allocate a substantial amount of money for artists who are addressing the most pressing political and social issues of our day. Under the Bush administration, art sadly became the enemy and military marching bands became more important than poetry. I would do everything in my power to help unleash the sassy spoken-word, hip-hopping, music-making, theater-bringing, opera-opening, dance-doing, sculpture-molding, picture-painting, photo-taking, storytelling, movie-mattering cultural warriors. The brave ones, who bring us to our deepest reckoning.

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