Friday, August 31, 2012

press release iconContact:
Catherine Vacovsky

Madeleine Albright, Linda Carlisle, Jay Everette, Anthony Foxx, Joe Lamond, Mitch Landrieu, Robert L. Lynch, Michael Nutter, Pat Quinn, Richard Riley, Jim Rogers, Bernie Williams Among Participants at ArtsVote2012 Events at Democratic National Convention

Americans for the Arts Acton Fund, a membership organization that seeks to engage citizens in education and advocacy in support of the arts, will host two events—ArtsSpeak and ArtsJam—at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

WHO: Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM will moderate the panel discussion at ArtsSpeak. Speakers at the event include former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, NC Secretary of Cultural Resources Linda Carlisle, Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo and Mint Museum of Art Board of Trustees Chair Jay Everette, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, former U.S. Secretary of Education and former South Carolina Governor Richard W. Riley, Democratic National Convention Committee Co-Chair and Chairman & CEO of Duke Energy Jim Rogers and former New York Yankee and Latin Grammy Award-nominated artist Bernie Williams. Williams and his band will also be the headlining act at ArtsJam. Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will also be attending ArtsJam.

WHAT: ArtsSpeak brings prominent artists and top federal, state and local elected officials together for a conversation on the future of the arts and arts education in America. ArtsJam is an intimate concert celebrating the arts and arts education featuring performances by major recording artists. Both events are part of ArtsVote2012, a national initiative launched by the Americans for the Arts Action Fund geared towards ensuring that the arts impact federal elections.

WHEN: ArtsSpeak: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.; ArtsJam: Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 11 p.m. – 1 a.m.

WHERE: ArtsSpeak: Mint Museum Uptown: Levine Center for the Arts, 500 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, N.C. 28202; ArtsJam: McGlohon Theater, 345 North College Street, Charlotte, N.C. 28202

WHY: All participants in ArtsSpeak and ArtsJam events will remark on the importance of the arts and arts education to the nation and the role they play in the election.  Their comments will also underscore the importance of developing strong public policies for the arts and arts education. In addition, this event will be full of great, unexpected comments, sound bites and photo opportunities.

TICKETS: ArtsJam is open to the public. To purchase advance tickets to the event, please visit the Belk Theater Box Office located at 130 N Tryon St. or by calling 704.372.1000 or visiting here. Tickets will also be available at the venue on September 4, 2012 beginning at 7 p.m. Box Office is available at 345 N Tryon St. for the night of the event. As a special thank you to Charlotte, two complimentary, transferrable tickets to ArtsJam are available to Mecklenburg County and Charlotte city teachers and municipal workers, members of the military and college and university students. Seating is limited; those choosing to take advantage of this offer should visit the Belk Theater Box Office in advance of the event date. ArtsSpeak is an invitation-only event, and seating is limited. RSVP is essential for both events for members of the media; please contact Catherine Vacovsky at for tickets.

ARTSspeak and ARTSjam events are presented in partnership with the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), The Recording Academy, The United States Conference of Mayors, Arts & Science Council of Charlotte and the Mint Museum.

The Americans for the Arts Action Fund is the only national voice for the arts that influences both the legislative and electoral landscapes.