If I ran the NEA, I would put the emphasis on arts education for the young. I would encourage artists throughout the country to volunteer a few hours a week to mentor students in public schools.

I would work with the Department of Education to ensure that no public school in the United States would be without classes and after-school programs in art, music, dance and theater. Any arts institution that receives funding from the NEA would be required to develop or participate in arts education programs in public schools in their area and would have to provide to those schools free access to their institution's concerts, plays and galleries.

In addition to this, I would increase funding to arts institutions in rural areas and encourage newspaper editors across the country to provide free listings of all theater, music, dance and arts events happening in their communities. Are you listening, L.A. Times?

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