“A nation’s leaders must be constantly reminded by artists and intellectuals not to mistake political correctness for eternal truths. In the absence of a genuine aesthetic, spiritual, and moral culture, the vision of the people will be shaped by the prevailing political ideology….Americans who yearn for renewal must understand that real and lasting change begins within the minds and imaginations of gifted artists of all disciplines. They in turn need a cultural milieu that welcomes subtlety and beauty of thought and form….
“The influence of even the most powerful government is dwarfed by the influence of great art, literature, architecture, music, and drama to give shape and meaning to the world we inhabit.”
–James F. Cooper, Knights of the Brush: The Hudson River School and the Moral Landscape