Alexander Jane. Chairman, National Endowment
for the Arts (1993-1997)
"When we teach a child to sing or play the flute, we teach her how to
listen. When we teach her to draw, we teach her to see. When we teach a
child to dance, we teach him about his body and about space, and when he
acts on a stage, he learns about character and motivation. When we teach
a child design, we reveal the geometry of the world. When we teach
children about the folk and traditional arts and the great masterpieces
of the world, we teach them to celebrate their roots and find their own
place in history."
"What we do is look for high standards of
excellence in the arts."