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Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Ben Folds joins Alec Baldwin at the annual Hanks lecture on the arts

Alec Baldwin, actor and headline-grabber, has long been a forceful advocate for arts funding and education.
Musician Ben Folds (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Booked as the speaker for the April 16 annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy at the Kennedy Center, Baldwin is making room for another successful artist and wit.

Ben Folds, known for his work as front man for Ben Folds Five and award-winning productions at his Nashville studio, will perform during the evening. The addition was announced Tuesday by Americans for the Arts, the lecture’s sponsor and the organization that brings hundreds of arts supporters to lobby on Capitol Hill each spring.

A sample of Folds follows.

Folds is also on the board of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and has been a judge on the a cappella singing show “The Sing-Off.’

Apparently Baldwin needs no introduction since his second speech in Washington that week is sold-out. Baldwin speaks April 19 at the National Press Club. He narrates. He does lots of television. Also, he wins awards. And he gets in trouble.

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Tags:  Alec Baldwin, Ben Folds, Americans for the Arts, arts lecture

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