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Art and Advocacy United: AARP Sponsors The Creative Coalition’s 2024 Right To Bear Arts Gala in D.C.

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Washington, D.C. was alight with anticipation as The Creative Coalition, backed by the sponsorship of AARP, presented the 2024 Right To Bear Arts Gala Benefit Dinner, setting the stage for a weekend of engagement and advocacy alongside the famed White House Correspondents Dinner. The event, which took place on April 26th, not only highlighted artistic achievements but also emphasized the necessity of sustained advocacy for federal arts funding.

The day commenced with The Creative Coalition’s delegation, led by Tim Daly and Robin Bronk, making strategic visits to Capitol Hill and the White House. Their mission was clear—to advocate for the vital support and continued federal funding for the National Endowment for Arts. “Art is a powerful tool that enriches our lives in countless ways,” Daly remarked. “Today, more than ever, we need to champion the cause of federal arts funding to ensure creativity and innovation across America thrives.”

Their advocacy efforts were unexpectedly boosted by a surprise and supportive meeting with President Joseph Biden, reinforcing his administration’s backing for the arts across the nation.

As evening approached, the focus shifted to the Gala, sponsored by AARP and held against the scenic backdrop of the nation’s capital. The event served not just as a celebration but as a clarion call for the arts, with a roster of luminaries lending their voices to the cause. Celebrities including Tramell Tillman, David Cross, Lauren Ash, Jason Kravits, Dulé Hill, Yetide Badaki, Diedrich Bader, Yvette Nicole Brown, Midori Francis, Brendan Hunt, Jon Cryer, Keyla Monterroso Mejia, Joseph Lee, Wilson Cruz, and Molly Ringwald, each brought their influence and dedication to champion the Coalition’s advocacy efforts.

Nancy LeMond, AARP’s Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer, highlighted during the event, “AARP is proud to support The Creative Coalition in this gala, reflecting our commitment to the arts and the stories they tell, including those of caregiving, which align so closely with AARP’s mission.”

Robin Bronk, CEO of The Creative Coalition, captured the spirit of the evening, stating, “Tonight is not just a gala; it is a gathering of minds and hearts, united in a resolve to ensure the arts continue to thrive.” This sentiment permeated the VIP Cocktail Reception and the Gala Dinner, where the engagement among artists, policymakers, and influencers highlighted the significant role of arts funding in societal enrichment.

The gala also dedicated a poignant segment to honor family caregivers, with celebrity readings that moved the audience deeply. Jason Kravits led a lively sing-along to the Beatles’ “When I’m Sixty Four,” while Molly Ringwald and Yetide Badaki delivered Maya Angelou’s touching “On Aging.” Yvette Nicole Brown shared her personal experiences as a caregiver, resonating with many in attendance.

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