Wynton Marsalis to speak at Arts Advocacy Day 2007
National Arts Advocacy Day 2007 will be held March 12-13 in Washington, DC, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.
The breakfast will feature a keynote presentation by Wynton Marsalis; special remarks by members of Congress and other celebrity artists; and a special performance by Melody Gardot, singer-songwriter and recipient of the 2007 VSA arts International Young Soloists Award.
The event is strategically timed to give grassroots advocates the opportunity to shape federal arts policy and educate members of Congress. Arts Advocacy Day is held in conjunction with the Congressional Arts Caucus, and many members of Congress will be involved in the day’s events. Additionally, join dozens of national arts, humanities, educational, and civic organizations that co-sponsor this event each year, which includes the Congressional Arts Breakfast.
Immediately after the Congressional Arts Breakfast, there will be a special hearing on the importance of investing in the arts — the first such hearing in 12 years. The hearing is called by Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA), the chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Environment, which has jurisdiction over funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. In his first public action on arts issues as chairman of the subcommittee, Rep. Dicks invited Americans for the Arts to organize a panel of witnesses to give official testimony.