2012 National Arts Advocacy Day

This may seem like a creepy homage to Alec Baldwin. I assure you, it's not. It is the nature of national arts advocacy work to enlist some star power to raise the visibility of a conversation that in all honesty, needs to happen year round. For your consideration, a compilation of items for AAD12


  1. National Arts Advocacy Day, April 16-17, 2012. Washington DC.
  2. Thanks to OvationTV for the amazingly quick turn around, we get to see some clips from the Monday night Nancy Hanks lecture that preceded all of the activity on Capital Hill Tuesday.
  3. My personal reflections of Alec Baldwin's Nancy Hanks lecture, carefully written to respect the archived speech by the Americans for the Arts. 
  4. View all past transcripts of previous lectures (some include audio) on the Americans for the Arts
  5. A little bit of respite and inspiration from Ben Folds - performance of "The Luckiest", Ben performed this before the lecture; accompanied by alumni musicians of the Young Arts program.
  6. Ben Folds and WASO - The Luckiest
  7. Celebrities including Alec Baldwin visited Capitol Hill Tuesday to shine their spotlight on federal funding for the arts.
  8. Actor Alec Baldwin played the role of the old pro Tuesday, visiting Capitol Hill as part of Arts Advocacy Day. Leading a merry band of singers, dancers and actors, Baldwin noted that he had been lobbying for the arts since 1990 … He added that he didn't have much advice to dish out to the greener members of his delegation. "I gave...advice on federal aviation cell phone rules," Baldwin joked making reference to his recent spat with American Airlines.
  9. Joining him for a day of congressional visits will be singer-songwriter Ben Folds, actors Hill Harper, Melina Kanakaredes, Omar Benson Miller, Johnathon Schaech and Tiffani Thiessen; American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance producer Nigel Lythgoe and country music star Clay Walker.
  10. Alec Baldwin visited the nation's capital on Monday to press for increased federal funding for the arts after government dollars were cut last year, saying such funding ensures the public affordable access to theater, dance and music.
  11. In a recent interview Baldwin told The Associated Press that he's very concerned about the decreased financial support for such disciplines like:  theater, dance and music.

    Last year, the National Endowment of the Arts received slightly less than $147 million in federal funding, which is about $30 million less than its highest amount reached in 1992.