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When you look back on your love of the arts, was there one person who inspired you? Perhaps it was a high school English teacher that incorporated art history into the classroom. Or it was a dancer teacher that encouraged personal creativity in the dance studio, even among the younger students. Did you take a middle school drama class that allowed you to make lifelong friends and help set a course for your career?
The stars and director of the upcoming movie Me and Orson Welles—Claire Danes, Zac Efron, and Richard Linklater—shared these personal stories and more at a screening in Washington, DC, in partnership with Americans for the Arts and Impact Arts + Film Fund on Tuesday night. The screening panel was moderated by Washington Post education writer Valerie Strauss and also included Bob Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts.
While in Washington, the filmmaker and actors joined Americans for the Arts and Impact Film + Arts Fund at advocacy meetings on Capitol Hill and at the White House to discuss with policy makers the critical issues facing arts education in schools today. They met with Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Kalpen Modi, Heather Higginbottom, and Rachel Goslins, among others.
The group also sat down for a video interview for Americans for the Arts. Check back on ARTSblog in a few days for the interview and to find out who was inspired by each of the teachers mentioned above. Me and Orson Welles follows the rehearsals of the Mercury Theatre’s production of Julius Caesar directed by Orson Welles (Christian McKay) in 1937, through the eyes of a young actor, Richard (Efron). It is a coming-of-age-story set against the backdrop of a theater company also coming into its own. The movie speaks about the power the arts play in our lives, and the personal connections people make through the arts.