Stars — they have so much to teach us. And pretty much any day of the week, they’re in Washington to tell us how to do better. Tuesday’s visitor: Kevin Spacey.
Setting: Cannon House Office Building
Cause: A breakfast kicking off the annual Arts Advocacy Day.
What he wants: More 2012 funding for the National Endowment for the Arts than the proposed $167.5 million.
How he looked: Sleek in a gray suit.
Wingman: A late-arriving Alec Baldwin, whose flight was weather-delayed.
Hitch: The congressional committee where Spacey was scheduled to testify had to cancel because of the larger budget debate, reports our colleague Jacqueline Trescott, so he used his talking points at the breakfast.
Soundbite: “An NEA grant isn’t about the art itself — it’s about our country sending the elevator back down so that a new creative idea can get a chance to prove itself.”
Who we passed up to see them: “Law & Order: SVU” star Tamara Tunie testifying on child abuse deaths.
Read also: ArtsPost blog: Without an official hearing, arts advocates still make the case, April 5, 2011