LOS ANGELES, March 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to recent reports regarding the possible defunding of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Ovation has recruited the support of several high-profile, non-profit arts organizations and arts leaders for its 2017 STAND FOR THE ARTS campaign to raise awareness, protect access and encourage action on behalf of the arts and culture. The Coalition includes: Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, American Alliance of Museums, Americans for the Arts, Arts Action Fund, Arts for LA, Arts Orange County, California Arts Advocates, Californians for the Arts, Film Independent, Ford's Theatre Society, The LAMP, National Dance Education Organization, National Guild for Community Arts Education, National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, San Diego Regional Arts & Culture Coalition, Society of Voice Arts and Sciences, and California State Senator Ben Allen.
"These organizations understand that there is power in unity and feel it is important to share stories about how the arts and creativity are absolutely indispensable," commented Liz Janneman, Executive Vice President of Network Strategy, Ovation. "With the very real threat that NEA funding will be cut or possibly eliminated, these dedicated arts advocates can help fuel the groundswell in this country that protecting the arts is essential to our economic and cultural well-being."
"Americans for the Arts stands with Ovation and the rest of the coalition members in its support for continued funding of the NEA," said Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts. "With our 30th annual Arts Advocacy Day taking place next week, STAND FOR THE ARTS provides a great complement to our efforts in Washington DC by encouraging the public to take action on behalf of the arts."
The STAND FOR THE ARTS website includes a searchable database with information on how you can get in contact with your congressional representatives and make your voice heard. In addition, links to each coalition member organization will be available as well as videos highlighting artists' stories. To complement the STAND FOR THE ARTS website, Ovation TV is airing a series of PSAs that highlight organizations and individuals who would be most impacted by the elimination of the NEA.
About the STAND FOR THE ARTS:
STAND FOR THE ARTS is Ovation's national initiative aimed at raising awareness, protecting access, and encouraging action on behalf of the arts. For more information, visit www.standforthearts.com.
About Ovation TV
Ovation is an independent television and digital media company dedicated to celebrating and supporting all forms of arts and culture. Ovation TV selectively curates and airs arts-related series, specials, documentaries and films. The network also offers viewers an exciting line up of original productions, including Versailles, Rachel Hunter's Tour of Beauty, and The Art Of. Ovation TV is available to nearly 50M subscribers via cable, satellite and telco systems including Comcast Cable/Xfinity, DIRECTV/AT&T U-verse, SPECTRUM, Verizon FiOS, Bright House Networks, and many other smaller providers, as well as on VOD. Through The Ovation Foundation, the company is committed to advocating for the arts, nationally and locally, and has provided more than $15M in contributions and in kind support to arts institutions and arts education. You can follow Ovation on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and OvationTV.com.
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