L-R - Dan Carlin Chairman of the Board NARAS, Neil Portnow President of NARAS, Grammy Winner Bunny Hull, Congressman Mark Foley of Florida, Dan Navarro Board Member NARAS, Arts Advocacy Day

Congressman Gregory Meeks of New York with Bunny Hull at the NARAS Arts Advocacy Luncheon - Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill

The Arts Advocacy conference took place March 29-31, 2004 in Washington D.C. Hull joined the delegation from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (The Grammys) to walk the halls of Congress in support of arts education. “I work with at risk youth. It is because of this work in the public school system, that I see the very important need for funding in order to be able to continue teaching our children the importance of learning about themselves through art and music. Art and music give children more than just the art and music itself, it gives them a way to find out who they are and teaches them the creative skills that will serve them in all areas of life. For some, it is the motivating force that keeps them coming to school. It’s not a luxury. It’s a necessity.”

This trip arts advocates succeeded in securing $10 million dollars in funding for both the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities, as well as increased funding for arts education programs within the U.S. Department of Education. Arts Advocacy Day is strategically timed to give grassroots advocates the opportunity to shape federal arts policy and educate members of Congress.

L-R - NARAS' Sunny Hilden, Congressman Nicholas Lampson of Texas, Bunny Hull and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead

NARAS Arts Advocacy Group with members of Congress

Congressman Howard L. Berman of California (center) with Bunny Hull, Maureen Crowe, V.P. of Music at MGM and Arts Advocacy Friends

2003 in Washington D.C. - Hull is joined on the National Mall by the World Children's Choir for the International Child Art Festival on the Anniversary of 9-11


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