Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy

Alec Baldwin delivered the 25th 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. 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.

Mr. Baldwin was introduced by Maureen Dowd, Pulitzer prize winning journalist, and preceded by a musical performance by noted singer-songwriter Ben Folds, accompanied by YoungArts alumni musicians. Bob Lynch, Americans for the Arts' President and CEO, Ken Solomon, Chairman of Ovation and Hill Harper, the 2012 Co-Chair of National Arts Advocacy Day, also gave brief remarks.

View the complete Nancy Hanks Lecture (42:08)

Featured 2012 Nancy Hanks Lecture Videos

Welcome by Bob Lynch,
Americans for the Arts'
President and CEO
Remarks by Hill Harper,
2012 Arts Advocacy Day
Performance by Ben Folds
and YoungArts musicians
Introduction of Alec Baldwin
by Maureen Dowd/
Alec's Yoga Pose

Additional Hanks event videos can be found on our Nancy Hanks Lecture 2012 Youtube Channel.

Americans for the Arts extends special thanks to Ovation for its sponsorship of the 25th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy.  Additional support is provided by The Rosenthal Family Foundation, Bank of America, and General Dynamics. Americans for the Arts is also pleased to partner with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as the official site of the 25th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture.

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 Award was presented to Rep. Todd Platts (R-PA). 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.

Featured Kick-off Participant Speeches

Actor Alec Baldwin
Rep. Todd Platts
Alec Baldwin
Rep. Todd Platts (R-PA)
Actress Melina Kanakaredes
Rep. Rosa DeLauro
Melina Kanakaredes
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)

Many more kick-off speakers can be viewed on
our AAD 2012 Youtube Channel.


Alec Baldwin and Nigel Lythgoe
Hill Harper
Tiffani Thiessen

Relevant Posts from ARTSblog

In the News

A roundup of notable news mentions of Arts Advocacy Day 2012.

Alec Baldwin Interview on CNN International

Alec Baldwin Interview on Bloomberg's Morning Call

Alec Baldwin Interview on NPR



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