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“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.”