U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson got to rub elbows with Emmy Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin on Tuesday.
Baldwin was making the rounds in Washington, D.C., to lobby for federal funding of the arts. He was among numerous actors and musicians from Americans for the Arts who descended upon the nation's capitol to advocate for increased funding of the National Endowment for the Arts. Americans for the Arts is a nonprofit that supports arts education.
Gibson, a Republican from Kinderhook, met with Baldwin in the congressman's Washington office, according to Gibson spokeswoman Stephanie Valle. Gibson said in a press release that he's "proud to promote and support funding for the arts in America, as originally outlined in the Constitution.
U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, shakes hands with actor Alec Baldwin on Tuesday. Baldwin visited Gibson at his Washington, D.C., office to thank him for his support of arts funding in the U.S.
"My family and I are enthusiasts of the arts in New York, be it local theater, dance, Council of the Arts events, or visiting the Hudson River School at Olana, where famed American artists have studied," Gibson said.
According to Valle, the 20th Congressional District that Gibson represents is home to nearly 2,000 arts-related businesses that employ almost 5,000 people.
"Tourism is a significant economic driver in Upstate New York, and the cultural centers arrayed across the 20th District bring thousands of visitors each year," Gibson said. "I look forward to building on our reputation as a center for the arts, and would welcome the support of Americans for the Arts in that effort."
Valle said Gibson invited Baldwin to visit his district and host an arts event with him.
Baldwin stars in NBC's hit comedy "30 Rock" and has starred in many popular Hollywood movies such as "Beetlejuice" and "The Departed."
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