Charles Segars, CEO of Ovation and Co-Chair of Arts Advocacy Day to Provide Introduction

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Catherine Brandt

WHAT:  Americans for the Arts announces that Academy Award® winning actor and Artistic Director of the Old Vic Theatre 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, D.C.

WHO: Kevin Spacey has served as Artistic Director of The Old Vic Theatre Company in London since 2003. During his tenure, he has directed several productions, including “Cloaca” and “Complicit,” and appeared in “National Anthems,” “The Philadelphia Story,” “Richard II,” “Speed-the-Plow” and “A Moon for the Misbegotten,” which transferred to Broadway in2007.  Mr. Spacey began his career as a stage actor and in 1991 won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in “Lost in Yonkers.” During the 1990s he garnered critical acclaim for his work in film, culminating in his first Academy Award® for “The Usual Suspects” (Best Supporting Actor), followed by a Best Actor Academy Award® win for “American Beauty“ (1999). His production company Trigger Street Productions has produced the Emmy Award-nominated HBO films “Recount” and “Bernard & Doris” and 2011 Academy Award® for Best Picture nominee and this year’s Golden Globe winner for Best Picture, “The Social Network.”
Charles Segars is CEO of Ovation, the only television network dedicated to art and contemporary culture.  Mr. Segars was a key architect in the 2006 acquisition of the network.  Since the channel relaunched in 2007, Ovation TV has grown from 5 to 38 million subscribers.  The company has also forged numerous partnerships with museums and arts education institutions.  Recently, Ovation announced the launch of its Ovation Education broadband arts education initiative, which is an online toolkit of arts education curriculum units and companion programs available for free to high school arts teachers across the country. Mr. Segars is also the creator of the Disney National Treasure film franchise.

TICKETS: This  free event is by invitation only. Seating is limited and the deadline for ticket requests is April 1, 2011. Members of the media please contact Catherine Brandt for tickets.

WEBCAST: The lecture will be taped and made available online the next day.

Americans for the Arts extends special thanks to Ovation for its partnership in presenting the 24th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy. We want to express additional gratitude to The Rosenthal Family Foundation, The Betty R. and Ralph Sheffer Foundation, and General Dynamics Systems Corporation for their generous support.

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