After sharing a prepared speech calling for the protection of the National Endowment for the Arts, renowned director Harold Prince spoke to Playbill to discuss his connection to the program, his observations on former presidents’ commitments to the arts, and the time he received the National Medal of Arts alongside Barbra Streisand.
Though the majority of Prince's oeuvre began as commercial runs on Broadway, the National Endowment of the Arts has remained an integral agency throughout his career. The director and producer served on the National Council on the Arts from 1976–1982. During that time, he advised the Chairman of the NEA on several key initiatives—including the development and fostering of regional theatre.
Watch the video above as Prince shares several anecdotes about the role the U.S. government has on the arts—including the time Streisand’s hat almost derailed a ceremony held by President Clinton.
Watch as Prince delivers a prepared statement standing with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting below.