Statement From Ovation CEO Charles Segars Regarding Funding for National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
LOS ANGELES, April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — “While the $12.5 million in cuts to the NEA this year represents a significant reduction, it is encouraging that Congress did not go through with the more extreme measures that House Republicans proposed earlier this year. Thanks to the efforts of Americans for the Arts and all those who participated in Arts Advocacy Day, including actors Kevin Spacey, Alec Baldwin, Kerry Washington and Hill Harper; Edgar Smith, CEO of World PAC Paper; Elizabeth Kautz, Mayor, Burnsville, MN; Senator Tom Udall and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, some very powerful arguments were made proving investment in the arts yields positive social, cultural AND economic returns. We all understand the constraints of the current budget, but those of us who appreciate the many benefits of the arts know the country would be better served with a more substantial investment in the nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. Our work has just begun.”
About Charles Segars
Charles Segars is the CEO of Ovation, the only television and multi-platform network dedicated to arts culture. Mr. Segars is also the co-creator and executive producer of the “National Treasure” movie franchise, and the Honorary Co-Chair of Arts Advocacy Day 2011.
SOURCE Charles Segars