Quotation by Twyla Tharp

The disaster ... is not the money, although the money will be missed. The disaster is the disrespect—this belief that the arts are dispensable, that they're not critical to a culture's existence.
Twyla Tharp (b. 1941), U.S. dancer and choreographer. As quoted in Newsweek magazine, p. 64 (January 23, 1995).

On proposals to abolish the National Endowment for the Arts, which gave grants to a wide range of American fine and performing arts activities.
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