Americans for the Arts is honored to have a distinguished group of artists that represent all the artistic disciplines serve on our Artist Committee. Members of the Artist Committee lend their talent, commitment and spirit to the promotion of the arts. Among the many roles they take on in partnership with Americans for the Arts are testifying to Congress on behalf of the arts, serving as spokesperson for national arts visibility campaigns, participating in national art policy meetings, and with national partner organizations, presenting awards for arts leadership, introducing important national arts policy announcements, and communicating the importance of the arts and arts education through social media channels and campaigns. Americans for the Arts is thanks the members of the Artist Committee for their continued commitment, support and enthusiasm as we join to support the arts in America.

Jane Alexander Kathy Mattea



"I am proud to shine a spotlight on the necessity of public funding for arts education. The arts teach discipline, teamwork and creativity, which are the exact skills needed to succeed in the workforce. I am pleased to join Americans for the Arts to support this important cause."

- Ben Folds




"I believe that exposure to the arts in children’s and young adult’s lives help shape and change them for the better. I can speak from personal experience, and when I look around and recognize the sobering reality that these are the exact programs that are being cut from our schools and disappearing from our communities at a drastic rate, I am more determined than ever to drive my philanthropic efforts in this direction. I am honored and privileged to be able to give back in this way, and I look forward to the journey ahead as we work to help give so many the chance to find their light."

- Josh Groban




"To Americans for the Arts, my gratitude for your tireless and effective advocacy on behalf of art and all that comes with it—you truly make a difference and we're all the better for it."

- Robert Redford





"I was a very lucky child. My love for the arts was fostered in school, in community arts programs and at various NY theaters and arts institutions," said Ms. Washington. "But not all kids are that lucky. That’s why I support Americans for the Arts…. Together we are working to ensure that EVERY SINGLE PERSON has the opportunity to experience an arts education in America."

- Kerry Washington

Kwaku Alston Trey McIntyre
Dame Julie Andrews Julie Mehretu
Martina Arroyo Richard Meier
Paul Auster Arthur Mitchell
Bob Balaban Brian Stokes Mitchell
John Baldessari Walter Mosley
Alec Baldwin Paul Muldoon
Theodore Bikel Kate Mulleavy
Lewis Black Laura Mulleavy
Lauren Bon Matt Mullican
Amy Brenneman Leonard Nimoy
Connie Britton Alessandro Nivola
Blair Brown Naomi Shihab Nye
Kate Burton Yoko Ono
Chuck Close Harold Prince
Stephen Collins Robert Redford
Chuck D Michael Ritchie
Jacques d’Amboise Victoria Rowell
Fran Drescher Salman Rushdie
Patty Duke Martin Scorsese
Pierre Dulaine Cindy Sherman
Todd Eberle Gabourey Sidibe
Hector Elizondo Anna Deavere Smith
Giancarlo Esposito Arnold Steinhardt
Suzanne Farrell Meryl Streep
Laurence Fishburne Holland Taylor
Ben Folds Julie Taymor
Hsin-Ming Fung Marlo Thomas
Frank O. Gehry Stanley Tucci
Marcus Giamatti Edward Villella
Josh Groban Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Vijay Gupta Kerry Washington
Hill Harper William Wegman
Arthur Hiller Bradley Whitford
Craig Hodgetts Kehinde Wiley
Lorin Hollander Henry Winkler
Jenny Holzer Joanne Woodward
Siri Hustvedt Kulapat Yantrasast
David Henry Hwang Peter Yarrow
Melina Kanakaredes Michael York
Moisés Kaufman  

Jon Kessler

Richard Kind  
Jeff Koons  
Swoosie Kurtz  
John Legend In Memoriam
Liz Lerman Ossie Davis
John Lithgow Mary Rodgers Guettel
Graham Lustig Skitch Henderson
Yo-Yo Ma Paul Newman
Kyle MacLachlan John Raitt
Yvonne Marceau Lloyd Richards
Peter Martins Billy Taylor
Marlee Matlin Wendy Wasserstein