April 16 & 17 over 500 arts advocates gathered at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC morning to begin training for Arts Advocacy Day. The annual two-day event brings together representatives from nearly every state to meet with their members of Congress to advocate for a number of issues near and dear to those who love the arts. Arts champion Alec Baldwin was this year’s lecturer and singer-songwriter/composer Ben Folds performed (along with musicians from YoungArts).
Here is a clip of 10 min or so of a powerful speech by last year’s host Kevin Spacey:
And, here are 10 tweets from the day’s events at the Omni Shoreham Hotel:
Over 500 arts advocates from all over the country ready to storm Capitol Hill at
DYK more than 904k US businesses are involved in art creation/distribution? 3.34 million people employed!
Fed arts funding is 2.8 cents of every $100 spent!
Sensing quiet before storm amongst attendees of Arts Advocacy Day. Our troops are prepping to take over Capitol Hill!
“…there is never any excuse to build anything that doesn’t add to the beauty of our city, no matter what it is.”
“…In this time, we need to be educated in who we are, and with the arts, education extends far outside the classroom.”
You can a take action wherever you are by visiting our Arts Action Center and sending a message to your members of Congress. It only takes about 2 min to help make a difference!