APA|NY Image Makers Lecture Series
Featuring: Brian Smith: Advocacy for the Arts
SoHo Apple Theater, 103 Prince St at Mercer
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 6:30-8PM
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Brian Smith will speak about his latest project, ‘Art & Soul’shot in partnership with The Creative Coalition and Sony. The project features Smith’s portraits of celebrities along with personal messages from each artist on how exposure to the arts inspired them and positively impacted their lives.
Over 100 celebrities including Anne Hathaway, Ellen Burstyn, Tony Bennett, Harry Belafonte, James Denton, Jamie Kennedy, Alyssa Milano and Taye Diggs have been photographed for ‘Art & Soul’ with the goal of producing a coffee table book aimed at raising the public awareness of the importance and impact of the arts by allowing creative artists to use their celebrity to shine a spotlight on the importance of the arts and arts education.
In May of this year, Tim Daly, Dana Delany, Alfre Woodard, Kerry Washington and Barry Levinson of The Creative Coalition presented the Art & Soul to The White House and Congress as part of their successful effort to advocate for increased funding for the arts and arts education. Smith will discuss the story behind the commission, his approach to the shoot and the significance of being able to use his photographs for arts advocacy.