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Clinton expresses importance of arts at summit

By David Harten

This article was originally published April 17, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. Updated April 17, 2012 at 12:04 p.m.

Clinton speaks at Arkansas Arts Summit

Former President Bill Clinton was on-hand on Tuesday morning to give remarks at the Arkansas Arts Su...

— Former President Bill Clinton made a stop at the library bearing his namesake on Tuesday morning for the Arkansas Arts Summit.

The event — put on to highlight the burgeoning arts culture that has been permeating around the state — was hosted in The Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Library, with the former two-term president making remarks on stage for 25 minutes.

In his time on the dais, Clinton spoke of many examples of art that have affected his life.

"I've said many times and I believe, if I had not been in the school music program, I would not have been elected president," Clinton said.

Clinton also told the story of how during one of his first visits to Haiti after the country was ravaged by an earthquake, he was approached by a man to by some of his artwork. The man had lost his wife and children in the earthquake just days earlier.

Clinton said the man had a very poignant quote.

"He said, 'they know that if I can be here just a few days after losing my whole family, they have no excuse to hide their gifts and stay home,'" Clinton said.

Clinton left immediately following his address to head to a speaking engagement in El Dorado,

Read more about this story in tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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AtomicFart says... April 17, 2012 at 12:44 p.m.

It's important to get a BS in Art because McDonalds is hiring.

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