Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Contact:
press@artsusa.org
202.371.2830

WHAT:   
Americans for the Arts, in conjunction with the Congressional Arts Caucus and 86 national co-sponsors, celebrates Arts Advocacy Day 2010 in which more than 400 grassroots arts supporters from across the United States take to Capitol Hill to advocate for pro-arts legislation. The day begins with the Congressional Arts Kick Off where acclaimed film and TV actor Kyle MacLachlan will be among the featured speakers.

U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will receive the 2010 Congressional Arts Leadership Award at the kick off event. 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.

WHEN:    Tuesday, April 13, 2010
                8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

WHERE:    Cannon Caucus Room, 345 Cannon House Office Building

WHO:     Speakers at the Congressional Arts Kick Off include:

  • Kyle MacLachlan, Emmy-nominated TV, film, and stage actor
  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), 2010 Congressional Arts Leadership Award honoree
  • Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Congressional Arts Caucus Co-Chair
  • Rep. Todd Platts (R-PA), Congressional Arts Caucus Co-Chair
  • Robert L. Lynch, Americans for the Arts, President and CEO
  • Special performance by Gina Marie Incandela, VSA Arts
  • Other members of Congress and artists to be announced

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. With offices in Washington, DC, and New York City, Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Visit us online at www.AmericansForTheArts.org.