Vol 2, 2008

Giving Voice to the Arts
Congressional Hearing Draws Crowds in Support of the Arts

For the second consecutive year, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Interior Appropriations in charge of federal arts funding Norm Dicks (D-WA) issued an exclusive invitation to Americans for the Arts to assemble a national panel of witnesses to highlight the contributions and societal benefits the arts provide for our country.

We convened a diverse panel of artists, business leaders, and public officials to testify before Congress about the importance of federal arts funding. The hearing drew standing room-only crowds, prompting the opening of a second conference room for televising the arts hearing.

Americans for the Arts witnesses included actors Robert Redford and Kerry Washington, musician John Legend, Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, and CEO of The Conference Board Jonathan Spector. Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch led first with testimony and moderated the panel. For links to the hearing and transcripts of testimony, visit www.AmericansForTheArts.org/get_involved_AADhearing.


The national panel of arts witnesses, organized by Americans for the Arts, testified before the House Subcommittee on Appropriations on Arts Advocacy Day 2008. L–R: CEO of The Conference Board Jonathan Spector, musician John Legend, Americans for the Arts Action Fund President and CEO Robert L. Lynch, Rep. Ben Chandler (D-KY), actress Kerry Washington, actor and director Robert Redford, Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA), and Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-KS). Photo by Jim Saah.

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In This Issue
Presidential Candidates Speak Out for the Arts
Congressional Hearing Draws Crowds in Support of the Arts
Arts Advocacy Day Highlights
In The News
Shaping Federal Arts Policy
Improving Visa Process for Foreign Guest Artists
Arts Luncheon Draws Key Congressional Leaders
Sen. Patrick Leahy Receives Award for Congressional Arts Leadership
Supporting Arts Advocacy in States and Cities
Spiral Jetty Sculpture Protected from Oil Drilling in Utah
Arts Leaders Fight Cuts in State and Local Arts Budgets
PAC Update
Fundraising Update
Upcoming Events
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