Alec Baldwin Lobbies For Increased Funding For The Arts
Actor Alec Baldwin jetted to Washington, D.C. on Monday to call for increased funding for the arts.
The 30 Rock star delivered a lecture on arts policy to highlight the need for affordable public access to dance, theatre and live music, following budget cuts last year.
He compared parts of Hollywood to a "potato chip business - it's junk food," while urging politicians to protect America's culture.
Baldwin tells the Associated Press, "There are tremendous parts of the country right now where there's a need for federal funding for the arts in order to bring that to people on a level that they can afford. We still have a cultural heritage to protect in this country. This is what's going to enrich people's lives."
"If I had any influence, I'd want the (National Endowment for the Arts) to have a budget of a billion dollars. We spend too much money on war in this country."
Baldwin plans to head to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to lobby for more arts funding.