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Based in part on hearings and debates in Congress from 1963-65 and 1989-92 — with a motley roster of speakers including Senators Jesse Helms, Al D'Amato and Claiborne Pell, plus Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis — The Arts dynamically connects the creation of the National Endowment for the Arts in the 1960s to the increasingly precarious circumstances that define arts funding today. The Arts serves as an urgent reminder that despite the numerous controversies that have beset the NEA and the country's artistic community over the past 50 years, there are longstanding laws that require the federal government to fund the arts, with the mission of making arts accessible to all Americans.

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