Stars lobby for arts – Hollywood visits D.C. for NEA

The Creative Coalition, an entertainment lobbying group, brought together stars and arts agencies in a one-day campaign on Capitol Hill to lobby for a $50 million boost to the National Endowment of the Arts, Variety reports.

Led by actor William Baldwin, the coalition’s president, the campaign calls for Congress to set money aside for a Clinton initiative to boost arts education in public schools.

The celebrity team lobbied Republicans who have traditionally resisted arts spending and who have been hostile toward the National Endowment because of controversies surrounding pornographic or anti-religious art, Variety says.

Stars such as Bianca Jagger and Hector Elizondo joined the effort to secure federally funded art programs for public school students of all ages.

Lobbyists highlighted the central role that art plays in personal development and academic achievement for children, Variety reports.

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