Press contact: Matt Raymond, Library of Congress, (202) 707-0020
Press contact: Dennis St. Rose, The Creative Coalition, (212) 512-8570
March 3, 2010
The Creative Coalition Joins with the Library of Congress to Celebrate the Nation’s Creative Patrimony
The Creative Coalition, in conjunction with the Library of Congress, will host "A Night of Treasures – a Tribute to America's Treasured Film, Broadcast, and Recorded Sound Heritages." This spectacular evening will take place at the Library’s historic Thomas Jefferson Building in the nation's capital, on a date to be announced.
The evening's program will be produced by multiple Emmy-Award-winning producer Tom Fontana ("Oz," "Homicide: Life on Street," "St. Elsewhere"). Twelve renowned artists from the arenas of music, film, television and broadcast will be selected to participate.
"The Library of Congress represents the closest thing there is to a mint record of American creativity," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. "While it is important to celebrate our nation's arts and culture, the efforts of the Library and like-minded organizations such as The Creative Coalition transcend celebration, preserving our national patrimony for current and future generations."
"It is truly an honor for The Creative Coalition to take part in this historic event with the Library of Congress," said Executive Director Robin Bronk of The Creative Coalition. "It is our goal to bring together today's greatest artistic voices and storytellers with history's most profound artistic content to illuminate the preservation of America's treasured collections from film, recorded sound, and broadcast history."
The gala event will include a special ceremony in which performers will donate items from their personal collections of performing history to the nation, which will be added to the Library’s permanent collections. The evening also will include the presentation of the prestigious Creative Coalition Spotlight Award to the Librarian of Congress, in recognition of his efforts to preserve the nation's arts history.
The Creative Coalition (www.thecreativecoalition.org) is the premiere 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating its members on issues of public importance. Actors Tim Daly and Dana Delany serve as The Creative Coalition’s Co-Presidents.
Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. It seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov and via interactive exhibitions on a personalized website at myLOC.gov. The Library’s audio-visual collections are preserved at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation, a state-of-the-art facility where the nation’s library acquires, preserves and provides access to the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of films, television programs, radio broadcasts and sound recordings (www.loc.gov/avconservation/).
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