“There’s a sense that Republican leaders and their constituencies — and President Trump overtly — just don’t get it, don’t grasp the value of art, just as they fail to understand the reason for studying the humanities. Perhaps, without consciously acknowledging it, they are scared. Because art is one of the few things that has the power to liberate, to overthrow, to topple, to rebel, to express the forbidden, to cut the tyrants down to size? Perhaps it is a sort of secret language, only for the ‘elite’: But in this case, the elite are not the wealthy. These elite are those with open, rich and thoughtful minds.”

– Noah Charney – No deal for the arts: It’s no surprise that Donald Trump wants to tell the arts and humanities “you’re fired”  – Salon – 1/22/17