Gillibrand, in Canandaigua, promises fight for arts funding

A crowd Monday filled the Ontario County Historical Museum for the arrival of U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who chose the museum as a platform for her support of the arts and humanities.

President Donald Trump’s $1.15 trillion budget proposal cuts to zero funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. From a podium surrounded by local leaders before a crowd of librarians, elected officials, arts nonprofit supporters and others, Gillibrand said eliminating this funding would “particularly hurt communities and towns like those throughout the Finger Lakes.”

Not every school and not every parent, especially in rural areas, can give children “the chance to experience and learn about art, music, dance, language and literature,” said Gillibrand. These programs “level the playing field for communities,” she said, ensuing that children and all people of any community — regardless of income and other differences — can benefit.

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