To “nurture American creativity, to elevate the nation’s culture, and to sustain and preserve the country’s many artistic traditions”

The current state of the arts in this country is a microcosm of the state of the nation. Large, mainstream arts institutions, founded to serve the public good and assigned non-profit status to do so, have come to resemble exclusive country clubs. Meanwhile, outside their walls, a dynamic new generation of artists, and the diverse communities where they live and work, are being systematically denied access to resources and cultural legitimation.

Source: The National Endowment for the Arts at 50: Is the Future of Arts Funding a Positive One? – The Atlantic