The Creative Coalition Member Actor Kerry Washington to Testify Before Congressional Subcommittee on Arts Funding

Washington, D.C., (April 19, 2007): The Creative Coalition member actor Kerry Washington will testify before a House Subcommittee today to push for increased federal funding of the arts. Washington will talk about her own childhood, growing up in the Bronx, and how the arts opened doors for her success. A delegation of The Creative Coalition is also meeting with members of Congress and White House officials to focus on federal funding of arts programs.

“The Creative Coalition is thrilled to bring this delegation to the Capitol Hill,” says Robin Bronk, Executive Director of The Creative Coalition. “We hope that through our meetings and Kerry Washington’s testimony we can raise awareness about the importance of federal funding of arts programs. Hollywood is deeply committed to this issue and our voice will be heard today.”


WHAT: Testimony before the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies.

WHO: The Creative Coalition delegation consists of actor Kerry Washington (I Think I Love My Wife, The Last King of Scotland, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Ray); actor Wendie Malick (Just Shoot Me!, Big Day); actor Frances Fisher (Titanic, Grey’s Anatomy); stylist Phillip Bloch, actor Giancarlo Esposito (Homicide: Life on the Street, Las Vegas); and actor Tim Daly (Law and Order: SVU, Wings).

WHERE: Room B-308, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.

WHEN: Thursday, April 16, 2007, 9:30am

The Creative Coalition is the leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating its members on issues of public importance. The Creative Coalition, headquartered in New York City, also has offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. The Creative Coalition does not endorse or raise funds for political parties or candidates.



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