As part of its Arts Advocacy Day activities on April 12th and 13th, 2010, Americans for the Arts has organized witnesses to give official testimony at an arts hearing on April 13th at 10:30 AM, hosted by newly appointed chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior Rep. James P. Moran (D-VA). Witnesses at the “Arts in Service of Communities” hearing include actor Kyle MacLachlan, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Ovation CEO Charles Segars, Brig. Gen. Nolen V. Bivens, and North Dakota arts leader Terri Aldrich.
Americans for the Arts, in conjunction with the Congressional Arts Caucus and 86 national co-sponsors, celebrates Arts Advocacy Day 2010 in which more than 400 grassroots arts supporters from across the United States take to Capitol Hill to advocate for pro-arts legislation. The evening of April 12th features the Nancy Hanks Lecture at The Kennedy Center, who this year will be Mayor Joseph Riley of Charleston, SC.
This is a fantastic opportunity for the arts sector of Philadelphia, to have our Mayor be selected to speak about the value of the arts to communities, to cities. Though he will speaking for - and to - the entire nation, he will of course highlight our robust cultural sector as critical to our local economy, our neighborhoods, our people. There are great examples of how federal support - from the NEA and other agencies - has made an important difference in Philadelphia.
I expect we will have a nice Philadelphia cheering section for Mayor Nutter in DC! I will post his testimony after the hearing. The press release is here.