Alec Baldwin: More funding for the arts

By Robert Kirchgassner ,

Actor Alec Baldwin was in Washington D.C. Monday pressing for increased funding for the arts after budget cuts were made last year.

Baldwin, 54, stated that such funding allows affordable access to theaters.

"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," he said. "We still have a cultural heritage to protect in this country. This is what's going to enrich people's lives."

The actor argues that the U.S. should be spending $100 million more on the arts than it currently is.

"If I had any influence, I'd want the (National Endowment for the Arts) to have a budget of a billion dollars," Baldwin said. "We spend too much money on war in this country."

The endowment received $147 million this year - $22 million less since 2010.

Baldwin is joined by singer Ben Folds, who is currently a judge on The Sing-Off.

"I'm just a walking example of someone who would be maybe bussing tables right now at best if it wasn't for my arts education," Folds said.

Baldwin also stated that his show 30 Rock will end next year. His next acting project will be a Broadway play.

Alec Baldwin at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Philip Vaughan


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