"An arts education helps build academic
skills and 
increase academic 
performance,
while also providing 
alternative opportunities
 to reward the 
skills of children
who 
learn 
differently."

Gavin Newsom

"I LOOK FORWARD TO AN AMERICA WHICH WILL
REWARD ACHIEVEMENT IN THE ARTS AS WE
REWARD ACHIEVEMENT IN BUSINESS OR
STATECRAFT. I LOOK FORWARD TO AN
AMERICA WHICH WILL STEADILY RAISE THE
STANDARDS OF ARTISTIC ACCOMPLISHMENT
AND WHICH WILL STEADILY ENLARGE CULTURAL
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL OF OUR CITIZENS.
AND I LOOK FORWARD TO AN AMERICA WHICH
COMMANDS RESPECT THROUGHOUT THE WORLD
NOT ONLY FOR ITS STRENGTH BUT FOR ITS
CIVILIZATION AS WELL."

President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Amherst College
October 26, 1963