Americans for the Arts is honored to have a distinguished group of artists that represent all the artistic disciplines serve on our Artists Committee. Members of the Artists 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 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 Marlee Matlin



"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 Kathy Mattea
Dame Julie Andrews Trey McIntyre
Martina Arroyo Julie Mehretu
Paul Auster Richard Meier
Bob Balaban Arthur Mitchell
John Baldessari Brian Stokes Mitchell
Alec Baldwin Walter Mosley
Theodore Bikel Paul Muldoon
Lewis Black Kate Mulleavy
Lauren Bon Laura Mulleavy
Amy Brenneman Matt Mullican
Connie Britton Alessandro Nivola
Blair Brown Naomi Shihab Nye
Kate Burton Richard On
Chuck Close Yoko Ono
Stephen Collins Harold Prince
Chuck D Robert Redford
Jacques d’Amboise Michael Ritchie
Carla Dirlikov Marc Roberge
Fran Drescher Victoria Rowell
Patty Duke Salman Rushdie
Pierre Dulaine Martin Scorsese
Todd Eberle Cindy Sherman
Hector Elizondo Gabourey Sidibe
Giancarlo Esposito Anna Deavere Smith
Shepard Fairey 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
David Hallberg William Wegman
Hill Harper Bradley Whitford
Arthur Hiller Henry Winkler
Craig Hodgetts Kehinde Wiley
Lorin Hollander Joanne Woodward
Jenny Holzer Kulapat Yantrasast
Siri Hustvedt Peter Yarrow
David Henry Hwang Michael York
Melina Kanakaredes  
Moisés Kaufman  
Jon Kessler  
Richard Kind  
Jeff Koons  
Swoosie Kurtz In Memoriam
Norman Lear Theodore Bikel
John Legend Ossie Davis
Liz Lerman Mary Rodgers Guettel
John Lithgow Skitch Henderson
Graham Lustig Paul Newman
Yo-Yo Ma Leonard Nimoy
Kyle MacLachlan John Raitt
Yvonne Marceau Lloyd Richards
Peter Martins Billy Taylor
  Wendy Wasserstein