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Senator Kennedy on the Value of the Arts

Dear Colleagues,

Among his many other contributions to our Commonwealth and our nation, Senator Edward M. Kennedy was one of the foremost advocates for arts and culture at the federal level. In addition to being among the original sponsors of the creation of the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities in 1965, Senator Kennedy co-founded the Senate Cultural Caucus in 2005 to provide a forum on policies affecting the arts and humanities. Throughout his career, he sponsored several bills intended to protect artists.

I'd like to share with you this video of an address that Senator Kennedy made to our Local Cultural Council volunteers at the LCC program's 25th anniversary celebration at the State House in 2005. In it, he expresses both his deeply personal relationship to the arts and his belief in the value of the work that you do every day.


Anita Walker
Executive Director
Massachusetts Cultural Council


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