April 17th, 2012 - This year marks the 25th anniversary of the annual Arts Advocacy Day, where thousands of arts advocates from across the country come to Capitol Hill and discuss national arts policy with their Members of Congress. This year's event began with the annual featured a special performance by musician Ben Folds, accompanies by an orchestrakeynote address by actor and arts advocate Alec Baldwin at the 25th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy series held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
On April 17, 2012, thousands of Americans celebrated Arts Advocacy Day 2012 in Washington and across the country. Advocates for the arts, including actor Alec Baldwin and musician Ben Folds, gathered at the U.S. Capitol in Washington to advocate for continued federal funding of the arts and celebrate the role arts play in American public life.
According to Americans for the Arts, the arts industry has a vast impact on the nation's economy. Each year, the arts industry generates $166.2 billion annually in economic activity, provides 5.7 million full-time jobs, creates $104.2 billion in household income, and generates almost $17 billion in state and local revenue and $12.6 billion in federal income tax revenue.