WL HOSTS FUNDRAISER FOR TCC AND THE ARTS
March 9th • Leftbank Restaurant and Lounge
"I've played a Senator so many times, I'm beginning to feel like one," actor Bruce Davison joked at the WL party for the Creative Coalition's Capitol Hill Celebration of the Arts at the ultra cool LeftBank in Adams Morgan.
The baby-faced 1971 Oscar nominee, director and producer joined colleagues and members of congress earlier in the day to lobby for the future of federal funding for the arts and to oppose the White House's proposed $35 million in cuts. Davison spent his day volleying between the White House and the Senate, educating opponents and reinforcing supporters that included Sen. Arlen Specter, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Reps. Mary Bono and Diane Watson.
Robin Bronk, executive director of The Creative Coalition, told the crowd, which also included actors Giancarlo Esposito, Kerry Washington and producer Tom Fontana, the day's lobbying eff orts focused on "funding for NEA (National Endowment for the Arts), NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) and education funding for schools which was zeroed-out in the President's budget. We are also interested in CPB (Corporation for Public Broadcasting) and PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) funding."
Jason Ri er, the mirror-image son of the late John Ritter and star of the TV series "Joan of Arcadia," also spoke out against cutting school arts funding, telling the crowd, "Kids need arts. When you get rid of the arts, we are ge ing rid of a vital organ."