The organizers of the annual Arts Advocacy Day announced Monday that actors Alec Baldwin and Kerry Washington are leading their effort this year to save funding for arts organizations and arts education efforts.
Baldwin has been a frequent and strong advocate for arts funding throughout his long career. A mainstay of the television series “30 Rock,” Baldwin has won two Emmy Awards, two Golden Globes and two Screen Actors Guild Awards for that role.
Washington, who has testified on the issue before Congress and is a graduate of George Washington University, won an NAACP Image Award for her role in “Ray,” the biography of Ray Charles.
Washington is co-chair with Charles Segars, the CEO of Ovation, the arts television network, of this year’s Arts Advocacy Day, to be held April 5.
The effort concentrates on lawmakers on Capitol Hill, where this year many conservative members are calling for an end or sharp decreases in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and other cultural organizations. The day of lobbying is sponsored by Americans for the Arts, the 50-year-old organization that serves the broad arts community.