Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy

After a day of advocacy training at Arts Advocacy Day, thousands more arts advocates joined Arts Advocacy Day attendees, members of Congress, artists, and other dignitaries to attend the 28th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts & Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe award-winning artist COMMON introduced groundbreaking TV producer, author, and social activist Norman Lear who gave a moving lecture to a sold-out crowd. The Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra lead by conductors Joseph Young and Nolan Williams, Jr. added inspiring musical performances to the program. 

Norman Lear

Norman Lear

 

Robert L. Lynch
Robert L. Lynch
Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra
COMMON
Overture conducted by Joseph Young
with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra
COMMON
Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, 2nd performance
Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra
Musical Tribute conducted by Nolan Williams, Jr.
with Voices of Inspiration
and Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra
Closing Performance featuring
“Life’s Inspired by a Song”

Congressional Arts Kick-Off

The Congressional Arts Kick-Off marks the official start of the Arts Advocacy Day events on Capitol Hill. At this event, the Congressional Arts Leadership Awards were presented to Senator Tom Udall. The award, which recognizes distinguished service on behalf of the arts, is part of a series of Public Leadership in the Arts Awards given annually by Americans for the Arts and The United States Conference of Mayors.

Sen. Tom Udall
Rep. John Lewis
Sen. Tom Udall (NM)
Rep. John Lewis (GA-5th District)
Holland Taylor
Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra
Holland Taylor
Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra

View more speeches from NEA Chairman Jane Chu, Doc Shaw, Victoria Rowell, Members of Congress and more on the Arts Advocacy Day channel.

Interviews with Attending Artist Advocates

Norman Lear, Common, Doc Shaw, Holland Taylor, and Marc Roberge/Richard On of the band O.A.R. all stopped in front of our camera to discuss the impact of arts education in their lives, why they feel it's important to advocate for the arts, how they started their careers, and more! 

Interview Highlights

Norman Lear
Norman Lear
Doc Shaw
COMMON
Doc Shaw
COMMON
Holland Taylor
OAR
Holland Taylor
OAR

Resources

and also...

  • Visit our Facts & Figures to Make Your Case page to get up-to-date funding information, download the Congressional Arts Handbook complete with research, congressional support records, and issue briefs on the most important arts advocacy topics.
  • Stay up to date on arts advocacy year-round! Sign up for our advocacy updates in our E-Advocacy Center for news and legislative updates and opportunities to voice your support of the arts to your representatives in Congress.
  • Congressional Arts Caucus leaders Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY) and Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) wrote a moving op-ed for The Hill, as did Norman Lear, who presented the 2015 Nancy Hanks Lecture. Read more!
  • Check out the full-page advertisements we placed in Roll CallThe Hill, and Politico that thank the Congressional Arts Caucus, the Senate Cultural Caucus, and the Congressional STEAM caucus.
  • If you haven't already, read Randy Cohen's Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts in 2015 on ARTSBlog!

 

 

 

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