Celebrities Take a Stand for the Arts
Do the arts help to shape our future?
- Duration 6:01
- Date Nov 22, 2011
Do the arts help to shape our future?
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OK now one of the areas that is obviously hurting in this these tough economic times.
Is the ops but celebrities are getting involved standing up for the -- and how important is that we're lucky enough to be joined in the studio now by Robin broke.
Who is the author of this fabulous book.
-- -- Stasi night there it is on the screen just does -- -- to celebrate and support the arts are also with the Creative Coalition I understand.
Which is www.
Creative coalition -- old.
Got the creative county created -- they believe anything website we believe in -- cooking I cook different.
-- how important is does celebrity simple for the -- it.
-- to -- -- just to take go back a little bit the cream of coalition is the nonprofit public advocacy and social welfare -- in the entertainment industry.
And we are formed in them late 1980s by the actors Chris -- bronze silver.
Susan Sarandon Alec Baldwin is Stephen Collins Stockard Channing sort of these forefathers and mothers of celebrity activists on.
And as there's -- started rising they realize that more and more they're asked to weigh in on issues.
And so they formed what we call this public policy social welfare home room.
So how important are celebrities to any issue.
If there only is important.
To how intrinsic that issue is to them.
These are any of these celebrities the actors writers -- directors executives from the entertainment industry from the arts community.
Who are involved in the Creative Coalition are activists.
Who happened to become.
Actors writers producers directors because that they they they need to be reached great fame.
They did not check their citizenship at the stage store were proud to say.
That one about -- the criticism that a lot of celebrities get when they weigh in on issues and they become activists as.
That the criticism of the hypocrisy what do you know about -- you live this gilded life.
What do what do you say to arms of that accusation that some people make him.
Didn't -- what it's so it's me it's so sad it it it's so hurtful.
Because any and that's what any of us go put ourselves on the line for an issue we make ourselves very vulnerable.
And especially celebrities because -- always be fans that don't like whatever it is they're standing for.
But again we we really respect this issue get involved.
Be a part of your community and that's a celebrity you have all you do have for better or worse.
A way bigger voice.
Then a lot of other citizens and because you have that power use it to serve the common good use your platform use your voice to serve the common good.
And I and I want -- even point out that this -- Is is a lesson and this is serving the common good because it -- it not only to the village it took a world of goodwill to create this book.
We worked with Sony.
-- -- the private sector.
Sony -- it really supported the book he gave us one of their photographers Brian Smith.
Whose magic is magic.
-- -- Created the beauty of this -- I don't what -- -- -- what did you want to do with this book what was -- what was your -- we want to bring attention.
To the need for arts -- America how art.
Is really the very soul of our being our people our country and our culture and -- -- You know one of the pictures there Anne Hathaway.
You want but a lot of other people who we -- that.
Sarah Charlotte high is that beautiful pictures and what one wanted to do the message is we're looking at their little difficult to read them through the warmer the kind of things that they were saying.
What what's wonderful is is that each of our -- subjects each of our participants in this.
-- -- out while there are waiting in line for their -- to be taken.
What that moment in time when the arts change their lives in what was that moment Wallace that epiphany.
That made them realize that they needed are what's your favorite story from hanging you're gonna -- and -- thinking about that and all of my 123.
Participants -- are my favorite I I.
You know -- it goes to we have.
As silly -- now when did a wonderful diagram.
Of the arts and how arts or the pinnacle of everything Tim -- talks about Tim Daly who is the president of the Creative Coalition -- really who who really leads our organization.
He wrote about how arts need to be the main course.
In students' lives and children's lives not just -- not just an add on.
We -- dead.
See Cheryl Hines is you know you sit with this book we and so many -- is said to me.
I picked it up for ten minutes an hour and a half later -- walked away.
Did his life lessons in that for people as well as as well as and appealed to support the upstairs there's life lessons and -- and the beauty of it.
Is that it it's really speaks to the -- and all of us all of us had that teacher.
That changed our life all of us had that moment in time whether it was with the laboratory baker or a microphone or paintbrush.
-- we had that epiphany but we knew.
We thought we knew what I count life is going to be all right.
-- -- is the author of this fabulous.
Coffee table book copies -- wonderful holiday gift I'd assume it's available at Amazon.com and everywhere else right now.
Is its Amazon.com.
Barnes and -- a local bookstores and they really want to make sure that we talk about the photographer Brian Smith -- because he brought life.
To the book he he it is really his art.
Up front but the -- of the book and what's great about it is is that to Hearst publications a portion of the proceeds.
Goes to support the arts at Dexia advocacy of the Creative Coalition so when you purchase the book.
You are not only getting a great read great entertainment great art you're also helping the arts in America can all right.
Great the good some good sales pitch thank you very much -- brought.
Who is win the Creative Coalition.
The creative -- dot org.