Alec Baldwin, Hill Harper, Kevin Spacey and Kerry Washington Among the Participants

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

press releaseContact:
For Americans for the Arts
Catherine Brandt
Press and Media Relations Manager
Tel: 202-712-2054
Email: cbrandt@artsusa.org

For Ovation
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Patricia Frith Marketing
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Richard Hoffman
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Washington, D.C. — Americans for the Arts, in conjunction with the Congressional Arts Caucus and more than 80 national co-sponsors, announces the event schedule for Arts Advocacy Day 2011. The 24th annual event is organized by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts, and is presented this year in partnership with Ovation, the only television network devoted to arts culture.

Events include the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Art & Public Policy, Congressional Arts Kick Off and a special hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee.  Details for each Arts Advocacy Day event follow:

Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy:

Who: Kevin Spacey, Academy Award®-winning actor and Artistic Director of the Old Vic Theatre
What: Kevin Spacey will deliver the 24th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy, a leading national forum for arts policy, intended to stimulate discussion of policy and social issues affecting the arts. He will be introduced by Charles Segars, CEO of Ovation and the 2011 Co-Chair of National Arts Advocacy Day. The lecture provides an opportunity for public discourse at the highest levels on the importance of the arts and culture to our nation’s well-being.
When:

Monday, April 4, 2011
6:30 p.m.

Where: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC
Why: The lecture provides an opportunity for public discourse at the highest levels on the importance of the arts and culture to our nation’s well-being.
Tickets:

Seating is limited, and the deadline for ticket requests is April 1, 2011.

Members of the media, RSVP is essential.  Please contact Catherine Brandt at cbrandt@artsusa.com for tickets and press credentials. Press are advised to arrive by 5:30pm for check in.

Congressional Arts Kick Off:

Who:

Speakers at the Congressional Arts Kick Off include:

  • Hill Harper, film and television actor and author
  • Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts
  • Charles Segars, Ovation CEO
  • Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID), Chairman of the Interior Appropriations Committee
  • Kevin Spacey, Academy Award®-winning actor and Artistic Director of the Old Vic Theatre
  • Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), Senate Cultural Caucus
  • Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will receive the 2011 Congressional Arts Leadership Award. In addition, there will be a special performance by James Schlender, 2011 VSA International Soloist Awar Recipient
What: The Congressional Arts Kick Off marks the official start of the Arts Advocacy Day events on Capitol Hill.  The Congressional Arts Leadership Award will also be presented at the Kick Off.   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 5, 2011
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
RSVP is essential for press coverage. 
Please contact Catherine Brandt at cbrandt@artsusa.org.
Where: Cannon Caucus Room
345 Cannon House Office Building
Why: This high-energy event is always full of great, unexpected comments and sound bites.  This year will be no exception.

Special Hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee:

Who: Witnesses providing testimony at the hearing include:

  • Alec Baldwin, Emmy Award®-winning TV, film and stage actor
  • Elizabeth Kautz, Mayor, Burnsville, MN and President, U.S. Conference of Mayors
  • Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts
  • Edgar Smith, CEO of World PAC Paper, Business Committee for the Arts Executive Board Member
  • Kevin Spacey, Academy Award®-winning actor and Artistic Director of the Old Vic Theatre
What: Special Hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on funding for the National Endowment for the Arts
When:

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Press – Please RSVP to Catherine Brandt at cbrandt@artsusa.org.

Where: Rayburn Building
Room 2359, 3rd Floor
Why: Witnesses’ testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior will focus on the importance of the arts to the nation and the need to retain current levels of funding to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).  Their testimony will also underscore the importance of developing strong public policies for the arts and arts education.

 

Arts Advocacy Day brings together a broad cross-section of America’s cultural and civic organizations, along with hundreds of grassroots advocates from across the country, to advance the importance of developing and sustaining strong public arts policies and to advocate for increased public funding for the arts and arts education. Ovation CEO Charles Segars and Kerry Washington are honorary co-chairs of the event.

Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. With offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, it has a record of more than 50 years of service. 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. Additional information is available at www.AmericansForTheArts.org.

Ovation is the only multi-platform network devoted to arts culture. Ovation gives its viewers access to the artists who define our cultural landscape through its one-of-a-kind mix of hand-picked documentaries, series, movies, and specials.

The channel reaches a national audience of 43 million households through carriage on cable systems, DirecTV (channel 274), Dish Network (channel 157) and Telco systems nationally.  Ovation is also available in HD and VOD (both in standard and high definition).  Ovation extends its linear channel experience for viewers online via its popular website, www.ovationtv.com.  In addition to offering contests, trivia, facts and supplemental video online, the network has created an award-winning online community (www.ovationtv.com/community) for everyone from passionate artists to curious creative’s who want to share their work and their thoughts.  To date, over 150,000 pieces of original art have been uploaded to the site by members.