Hollywood on the Potomac

#RightToBearArts!

May 4, 2017

“This is NOT a partisan issue,” Wendi McLendon-Covey told Hollywood on the Potomac emphatically at The Creative Coalition’s Gala during the White House Correspondent’s Association week at Flavio Restaurant & Bar in Georgetown, DC.  “Everybody benefits from the arts.”

 

Earlier in the day, TCC showed up on the Hill to advocate for the arts. “He (President Trump) threatened to cut the funding for the National Endowment of the Arts,” Alyssa Milano told us. “Everyone seems to think that the National Endowment of the Arts isn’t going anywhere, so it was a really good day for us.”

 

That was reinforced by Renee Cafaro who accompanied the group to the Hill: “It was an honor to once again join TCC delegation for Arts Day on the Hill to inform Congress about the true impact of the NEA and arts education. Arts are not a superfluous part of our society, but rather an integral part of sculpting it. For every $1 invested in the arts – for both rural and urban districts – the return is 9 fold.  Arts and music quite literally gave me a voice and the confidence to become the person that I am and it can help heal those dealing with trauma and depression like the brave service men and women we met in Walter Reed’s USO Resiliency program on Friday. Thanks to the hard work of Tim Daly, Robin Bronk and the incredibly passionate advocates of TCC we were able to get bipartisan support for a $2 million increase in the FY17 budget. We look forward to keeping up the momentum until the President and Congress can agree on our right to bear arts in America.”


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Outstanding Women

May 2, 2017

“I thought I would just recognize my fellow honorees for a moment,” said NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly who was recognized for excellence in Journalism at the 4th Annual Washington Women in Journalism Awards reception as a kick-off to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner weekend festivities hosted by Washingtonian president and CEO Cathy Merrill Williams and Gloria Dittus (Story Partners) at Gloria’s home in Kalorama, Washington, DC.  “Mary Katharine (Ham), who I have not had the pleasure of knowing before tonight, works in TV so I was prepared to hate her because I knew her hair and make-up would look better than mine, and then she gets up here and she has better shoes than the rest of us, so how can you compete?” Mary Louise Kelly launched the intelligence beat for National Public Radio in 2004 and she has been going where most women and men fear to tread ever since. Her reporting has taken her to the Khyber Pass, the mosques of Hamburg, grimy bars in Belfast and Baghdad at the height of the brutality. Kelly was among two other journalists to receive an award along with the Lifetime Achievement award presented to multi-talented Cokie Roberts.


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GRAMMYs on the Hill Rocked It!

April 26, 2017

There was no energy shortage at GRAMMYs on the Hill® Awards to honor four-time GRAMMY® winner Keith Urban where sassy super talented country music star Wynonna Judd not only rocked it, but jokingly admonished Congressional Members that didn’t know the words to her songs, reminding them she pays a lot a lot of taxes.

 

Representatives of the worlds of music and politics came together at The Recording Academy®’s 2017 awards with multi performances and speeches by Congressional Members at the Hamilton Live in downtown Washington, DC. Urban received the Recording Artists’ Coalition® Award for his musical achievements and commitment to numerous music education programs that have inspired young musicians and provided thousands of musical instruments to under-served programs across the country.


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