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Best Reason Why Esther Simplot Rocks 

Visit From NEA President Rocco Landesman

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Earlier this year Rocco Landesman, the president of the National Endowment for the Arts, spoke to representatives from several Boise arts organizations as part of his tour across America, looking at where NEA grant money goes and how it is spent. Landesman spoke about how impressed he was with communities like Boise that aren't very large in size but are huge in scope. The best part of the lecture, though, was after Landesman spoke at length about the importance of arts education and how that has to be included in every grant, the distinguished Mrs. Esther Simplot stood up and said, "I understand the importance of education, but why can't we fund art just for art's sake?" Esther Simplot rocks. :

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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