News Links for Alec Baldwin’s Nancy Hanks Lecture 4/16/2012

This post is a list of today’s news source links for coverage of the National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington DC on April 17, 2012.

Clips from Alec Baldwin’s Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts & Public Policy

Actors, musicians visit Congress for more federal funding for arts programs
Washington Post
Celebrities including Alec Baldwin visited Capitol Hill Tuesday to shine their spotlight on federal funding for the arts.

Alec Baldwin Campaigns for more Arts Funding
NPR News interview with Steve Inskeep

Baldwin, Folds and Friends lobby Congress for the arts
Washington Examiner
Actor Alec Baldwin played the role of the old pro Tuesday, visiting Capitol Hill as part of Arts Advocacy Day. Leading a merry band of singers, dancers and actors, Baldwin noted that he had been lobbying for the arts since 1990 … He added that he didn’t have much advice to dish out to the greener members of his delegation. “I gave…advice on federal aviation cell phone rules,” Baldwin joked making reference to his recent spat with American Airlines.

Alec Baldwin Lobbies for Arts Funding
USA Today
Joining him for a day of congressional visits will be singer-songwriter Ben Folds, actors Hill Harper, Melina Kanakaredes, Omar Benson Miller, Johnathon Schaech and Tiffani Thiessen; American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance producer Nigel Lythgoe and country music star Clay Walker.

Alec Baldwin and Ben Folds press Congress for more arts funding
Huffington Post
Alec Baldwin visited the nation’s capital on Monday to press for increased federal funding for the arts after government dollars were cut last year, saying such funding ensures the public affordable access to theater, dance and music.

DC gets help from Hollywood
The Examiner
In a recent interview Baldwin told The Associated Press that he’s very concerned about the decreased financial support for such disciplines like:  theater, dance and music.

Last year, the National Endowment of the Arts received slightly less than $147 million in federal funding, which is about $30 million less than its highest amount reached in 1992.