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  • Video: Nancy Hanks Lecture at Kennedy Center

    Posted on April 10th, 2009 in Video | 10

    On March 30, 2009, Wynton Marsalis dazzled and inspired his audience with a moving lecture mixed with performance titled The Ballad of the American Arts. The 22nd Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts & Public Policy was presented to a capacity crowd at the Kennedy Center on the eve of Arts Advocacy Day. Wynton’s lecture addressed the essential value of culture in the recalibration of American identity. After two standing ovations Marsalis wrapped up the evening with a lively performance with members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (Chris Crenshaw, trombone; Victor Goines, saxophone; Carlos Henriquez, bass; Ali Jackson, drums; and Dan Nimmer, piano).   Keep reading »

  • Wynton speaks before a Congressional Committee

    Posted on March 31st, 2009 in Video | 0

    On March 31, 2009, Arts Advocacy Day, Americans for the Arts gathered a panel of acclaimed artists and experts to call on Congress for continuing and additional support and funding for the arts and arts education in America. This hearing, entitled “The Arts = Jobs,” focused on congressional support of strong public policies for the arts, appropriating increased public funding for the arts and supporting arts workers. Josh Groban and Wynton Marsalis were among the artists who testified before a Congressional Committee to champion the benefits of arts and arts education.   Keep reading »

  • Transcript from Wynton’s speech at Arts Advocacy Day

    Posted on March 13th, 2007 in Speech | 3

    On March 13 Wynton was in Washington for the National Arts Advocacy Day 2007. He spoke at House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the importance of investing in the arts.   Keep reading »