President & CEO of Mountian Lake PBS, Bill McColgan joined a group representing the arts in the North Country visiting Washington DC, including representatives from The Pendragon Theatre, Upper Jay Arts Center, The Adirondack Experience, Creative Healing Connections and The Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

The group visited with representatives from Senator Schumer, Senator Gillibrand and with Congresswoman Stefanik to discuss the important role of the art’s in the North Country.  We were excited to take part and make the case for public funding of the arts and of course, public broadcasting.  With new and current threats to funding, it is important more than ever that we reach out to our elected leaders and let them know how important the arts are in our community.

Read more about the trip in an article from the Lake Placid News by Naj Wikoff here.

“We had three good meetings in D.C. with Eric Deeble, Gillibrand’s arts person; Christina Henderson, Schumer’s arts person; Stefanik; and Cynthia Herrle, Ryan’s senior policy advisor. The timing was excellent as Congress is in the midst of determining the budget. They all expressed appreciation for our coming and illustrating through our stories how federal support makes a difference in people’s lives, in our case, through the arts.”

With Christina Henderson, Senator Schumer’s legislative assistant for the Arts

With Congresswoman Stefanik: Holly Wolff, Pendragon Theatre; Stephen Longmire, Upper Jay Arts Center; David Kahn, The Adirondack Experience; Congresswoman Stefanik; Naj Wikoff, Creative Healing Connections; Bill McColgan, Mountain Lake PBS; James Lemon, Lake Placid Center for the Arts

With Eric Deeble, Senator Gillibrand’s legislative assistant for the Arts: Bill McColgan, Mountain Lake PBS, James, Eric, Naj, Stephen

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