Enough is enough!

At the Sundance Film Festival in Park City this year I was able to see two of my favorite actors up close and personal at the 2011 Teachers Making A Difference Luncheon hosted by The Creative Coalition at the Bing Bar.

Anyone who knows me personally already knows that I am a huge fan of Entourage, so being able to hang out and listen to Jeremy Piven and Adrian Grenier pay their respects to their teachers was the highlight of Sundance for me.

I walked away not only with a deep respect for both actors as people, but also with a new outlook on life thanks to Jeremy Piven.

Piven had this advice in so many words, “Measure yourself against your own success and not the success of others.”

This really hit home for me and opened my eyes on the many things I am capable of doing in my life. Basically I took it as, if I out do myself everyday, then I am always moving in the right direction!

One of those things is not keeping my mouth shut when its time to say, “Are you f___ing kidding me?”

I received an press release from The Creative Coalition that I wanted to pass along to all of you.

“The U.S. House of Representatives begins debate today on House Resolution 1 (H.R.1), a bill to fund the federal government for the remainder of the current fiscal year. So far, two amendments have been filed that will eliminate or slash support for the National Endowment for the Arts. The bill already contains a $22.5 million cut in NEA funding, but these amendments are even more extreme. Representative Scott Garrett (R-NJ) has filed an amendment to eliminate all funding for the NEA. Meanwhile, Representative Tim Walberg (R-MI) has proposed an amendment to slash NEA funding by an additional $20.6 million.   It’s possible that additional amendments attacking the arts will be filed. Votes on amendments start today and are expected to continue until Thursday.

Call your member of Congress now and tell them:

  • You oppose any amendment to cut NEA funding.
  • The NEA’s current modest budget supports non-profit arts organizations across America.
  • The NEA’s allocation creates thousands of jobs across the country.
  • Federal support for the NEA is lower than it was 20 years ago – using inflation-adjusted numbers the NEA’s budget has already been cut by $100 million. Enough is enough!

Call the Capitol now and ask to speak with your Representative’s office. Call 202-225-3121. If you’re not sure who represents you in Congress, click here (https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml) to find out.”

Now I am not telling you what to do, but if you feel the same way that I do, and believe that we need the arts in both our kids lives as well as our own, then do your part and let your voice be heard!

(Pictured above and below: Jeremy Piven and his mother Joyce Piven)

(Pictured above: Adrian Grenier and his teacher Harry Shiffman)

Photos by Rob Fenn from The Creative Coalition 2011 Teachers Making A Difference Luncheon.

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