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
Carla Dirlikov Salman Rushdie
Fran Drescher Martin Scorsese
Patty Duke Cindy Sherman
Pierre Dulaine Gabourey Sidibe
Todd Eberle Anna Deavere Smith
Hector Elizondo Arnold Steinhardt
Giancarlo Esposito Meryl Streep
Suzanne Farrell Holland Taylor
Laurence Fishburne Julie Taymor
Ben Folds Marlo Thomas
Hsin-Ming Fung Stanley Tucci
Frank O. Gehry Edward Villella
Marcus Giamatti Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Josh Groban Kerry Washington
Vijay Gupta William Wegman
David Hallberg Bradley Whitford
Hill Harper Kehinde Wiley
Arthur Hiller Henry Winkler
Craig Hodgetts Joanne Woodward
Lorin Hollander Kulapat Yantrasast
Jenny Holzer Peter Yarrow
Siri Hustvedt Michael York
David Henry Hwang  
Melina Kanakaredes  
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