An Advocacy Message to Share

Yesterday, I read this Newsweek article about Wynton Marsalis' delivery of the annual Nancy Hanks Lecture at Kennedy Center the night before he spoke to Congress. This article makes it clear that Mr. Marsalis didn't give a speech - he performed one. After reading about this performance, I did what anyone who reads this article from outside the arts world might do: I went to YouTube. It wasn't there - in fact, it wasn't anywhere on the web.

I immediately drafted a post begging Americans for the Arts to put the lecture online so all of us could view and share it. I worked on the post so late at night that I didn't publish it for fear my blurry eyes misstated something. Prepping it for publication a few minutes ago I discovered the video at Americans for the Arts' blog - they posted it today! Thank you!

I still haven't found it on YouTube but maybe that's next. I want anyone who's looking for it to find it. I'm unclear what plans Americans for the Arts has to let the world know the video is online so I'm doing my part by letting you know. Pass it on.

The video includes Bob Lynch's welcome as well as former Senator Tom Harkin's introduction of Mr. Marsalis. You'll find the actual lecture starting after 17 minutes of these remarks. The balance is over an hour, so be prepared to give it some time. I'll share my thoughts in a future post. As with all art, its nice to have your own experience before others tell you about theirs.

UPDATE Americans for the Arts has removed the introductions so the video starts with the beginning of Mr. Marsalis speech. They've also added a feature that allows the video to be embedded on other sites so I've put it below. (It might have been there originally and I just discovered it.) An advocacy colleague and I decided tonight that it would be great to have the Nancy Hanks Lecture webcast live next year so organization across the country can use it to gather arts supporters that are unable to travel to DC.

Wynton Marsalis: 22nd Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy from Americans for the Arts on Vimeo.

UPDATE 2 The speech is now on YouTube, and you can find the full transcript here. Use the link in the first paragraph to download a pdf.
April 7, 2009 8:51 PM | | Comments (0)

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National Advocacy Stakeholder

-Dance USA
-National Dance Association

-Americans for the Arts
-Association of Performing Arts Presenters
Keep Arts in Schools
-National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

-Performing Arts Alliance
-Western States Arts Federation

-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
-Directors Guild of America
-Motion Picture Association of America
-Screen Actors Guild
-Writers Guild Of America

-American Association of Independent Music
-American Federation of Musicians
-American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
-Association of Independent Music Publishers
-Broadcast Music, Inc.
-Christian Music Trade Association
-Church Music Publishers Association
-Country Music Association
-Gospel Music Association
-Hip Hop Summit Action Network
-League of American Orchestras
-Music Managers Forum-USA
-Music Performance Fund
-National Association for Music Education
-National Association of Recording Merchandisers
-National Music Publishers' Association
-Nashville Songwriters Association International
-Opera America
-Recording Artists' Coalition
-Recording Industry Association of America
-The Recording Academy
-The Songwriters Guild of America

-Association of American Publishers
-Novelists, Inc.
-PEN American Center
-The Authors Guild

-Actors' Equity Association
-Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers
-United Scenic Artists
-Theatre Communications Group

-American Association of Museums
-Art Dealers Association of America
-Association of Art Museum Directors
-National Art Education Association

State Advocacy Organizations

-Arizona Citizens/Action for the Arts
-California Arts Advocates
-Arts For Colorado
-Colorado Arts Consortium
-Connecticut Arts Alliance
-Florida Cultural Alliance
-Arts Leadership League of Georgia
-Hawaii Arts Alliance

-Illinois Arts Alliance

-Indiana Coalition for the Arts
-Iowa Cultural Coalition
Division of Arts & Cultural Services
-Arts Kentucky

-Louisiana Partnership for the Arts

-Maryland Citizens for the Arts

-Massachusetts Advocates for the Arts, Sciences and Humanities

-ArtServe Michigan

-Forum of Regional Arts Councils of Minnesota

-Minnesota Citizens for the Arts

-Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies
-Missouri Citizens for the Arts

-Montana Arts

-Nebraskans for the Arts

-Nevada Arts Advocates

-New Hampshire Citizens for the Arts

-ArtPRIDE New Jersey, Inc
-New Mexico Community Arts Network

-Arts North Carolina, Inc.

-North Dakota Arts Alliance/Alliance for Arts Education

-Ohio Citizens for the Arts

-Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania

-Rhode Island Citizens for the Arts

-South Carolina Arts Alliance

-South Dakotans for the Arts

-Tennesseans for the Arts

-Texans for the Arts

-Texas Cultural Trust

-Utah Cultural Alliance

-Vermont Arts Council

-Virginians for the Arts

-Washington State Arts Alliance/Foundation

-Arts Advocacy of West Virginia

-Arts Wisconsin

-Wyoming Arts Alliance

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