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


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."

[jump] 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



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