By Lily Benitez De Luna
NBC’s “30 Rock” star Alec Baldwin visited the Hill this week to advocate adding more art programs into the public school system. Included in his visit was an event hosted by Americans for the Arts that included fellow stars like singer Ben Folds and “American Idol” producer Nigel Lythgoe.
Following the event, Baldwin strolled the halls of Congress serving as a lobbyist for public funding towards the arts. Although Baldwin has experience as an arts advocate, he says he didn’t give any pointers to those he appeared with today who are new to the world of lobbying.
“It’s great to have new people come down… [but] I did not have any advice for them,” Baldwin said.
Funding for The National Endowment for the Arts was cut about $20 million in 2012, a decision Baldwin will challenge by seeking to persuade Congress members to support increased investment.
“America is known as a country where there is an almost ridiculous lack of support for the arts by the government,” said Baldwin.
Despite the fact that the celebs are not colleagues on screen, they were please to work together for the sake of the arts.
“The arts is something we were all born with… the arts are for everybody,” Lythgoe said.