More than 400 Grassroots Arts Advocates Take to the Halls of Congress March 14, 2007—Americans for the Arts, in conjunction with the Congressional Arts Caucus and 93 national arts organizations from around the country, enlisted entertainment, arts, education, and policy leaders on Capitol Hill yesterday for Arts Advocacy Day 2007.
A highlight of the day was a Congressional hearing on the importance of supporting the National Endowment for the Arts held by Representative Norm Dicks (D-WA), Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior. Wynton Marsalis, Chris Klein, Mayor David Cicilline of Providence, James Raisbeck, Dr. Sheila C. Johnson, and Robert L. Lynch testified at the hearing and encouraged investment in the arts as a way to help spur creativity and innovation in America.
On the eve of Arts Advocacy Day, veteran broadcast journalist and Chairman of the Board of The MacDowell Colony, Robert MacNeil, delivered Americans for the Arts’ 2007 Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy to a capacity crowd in the Concert Hall of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. An mp3 file (22M as well as a podcast of MacNeil’s speech titled, “Out of the Disenlightenment,” is now available for download.
At a Congressional Arts Breakfast, Americans for the Arts and the U.S. Conference of Mayors jointly presented the 2007 National Award for Congressional Arts Leadership to U.S. Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN). More information about the award is available in the press room.