Power of Story: Making Art Matter

We know that artwork—whether it’s film and television or in the literary, visual, and performing arts—can create real impact: alter lives, build communities, bridge cultures, and foster social change. So what steps do we need to take to enhance the role of the arts in our country? What role should public policy play, and how can artists and policy makers work together? If we are facing a crisis of creativity, what investment should we be making in arts education for children? We’ve asked a diverse group of advocates to share their vision for energizing the arts and humanities in America.

Author and screenwriter -b-Dave Eggers-/b- -i-(A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, What Is the What, Zeitoun,-/i- and others) is also the cofounder of 826 Valencia and the founder of McSweeney’s publishing.

-b-Rachel Goslins-/b- is a documentary director/producer, arts administrator, and executive director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

-b-Norman Lear-/b- is a pioneering writer, producer, and director of groundbreaking television (including -i-Sanford and Son, The Jeffersons,-/i- and -i-All in the Family),-/i- a philanthropist, and the founder of the Norman Lear Center at USC, which studies the impact of entertainment.

-b-John Podesta-/b- is the founder and president of the Center for American Progress. He previously served as White House Chief of Staff for President Clinton and as cochair of President Obama's transition team.

-b-George C. Wolfe-/b- is the former producer of the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, and a Tony Award–winning theatre director, playwright, and filmmaker, whose work includes -i-Angels in America, Bring in 'da Noise/Bring in 'da Funk,-/i- and -i-Lackawanna Blues.-/i-


Dave Eggers
Norman Lear
John Podesta
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