|The study, practice and appreciation of the arts challenges, inspires
and lifts up individuals and societies. As First Lady, Mrs. Clinton has
dedicated herself to the celebration and recognition of all the arts.
As Honorary Chair of the Presidents Committee on the Arts and Humanities
(PCAH) she has led efforts to support the unique contributions that the
arts and humanities make to American life, while acting as the Administrations
leading advocate for public support of national arts initiatives through
the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the
Mrs. Clinton has organized a series of 20th Century American Sculpture exhibits in the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden at the White House. She has worked hard to ensure the White House, often referred to as The Peoples House, represents art from all Americans. Through her efforts the White House collection has acquired its first ever painting by an African American a landscape by Henry Ossawa Tanner.
Mrs. Clinton is also involved in preserving many of the nations most treasured arts and archives through the Millennium Councils Save Americas Treasures initiative. In addition she has initiated a campaign to stress the value and importance of arts education as a necessary part of mainstream elementary and secondary school curriculum.
Column on the Sculpture Garden ( 11/4/98)
Column on the Marine Band (7/8/98)
For more information on this topic, please visit the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts