Watch: Wynton Marsalis and Jon Batiste defend funding for the arts on CBS This Morning


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President Donald Trump's proposed budget — which would gut funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, among other organizations — has been received with anger by many arts groups, and today on CBS This Morning, New Orleans jazz legend Wynton Marsalis spoke out against it:
“There’s so much wrong with so much that’s going on in our politics, not just directed at him. We’re swinging back and forth like a ship listing in the ocean. Your national budget is symbolic. You’re basically telling the world, ‘This is what we as a nation think about our arts,’ which is our collective memory, our wisdom.

“There’s a reality to things: When we tell people our arts are not important, our wisdom is not important, we’re preparing our public to be more ignorant so that we can exploit them more."
Marsalis, the managing director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, was appearing with New Orleans jazz legend-in-the-making Jon Batiste in support of their collaboration The Music of John Lewis. Read more of their conversation here.


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