"each of us can remember a moment when the people on this stage touched our lives. Maybe they didn’t lead us to become performers ourselves. But maybe they inspired us to see things in a new way, to hear things differently, to discover something within us or to appreciate how much beauty there is in the world. It’s that unique power that makes the arts so important.
"We may not always think about the importance of music or dance or laughter to the life of this nation, but who would want to imagine America without it?"
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