Happy National Voter Registration Day (it’s Sept. 22 for those keeping notes)! To mark the occasion, a star-studded lineup of activists and artists are coming together on Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley’s “Stars in the House” series to “make sure every viewer is registered to vote.”
The event will stream Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. Eastern on the “Stars in the House” YouTube page and website. Guests include Annette Bening, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ariana DeBose, Ben Folds, Todrick Hall, Javier Muñoz, Bebe Neuwirth, Storm Reid, Alfre Woodard, Dr. Jonathan LaPook and Nina Ozlu Tunceli, chief counsel of Government and Public Affairs and executive director at Americans for the Arts Action Fund.
As for what to expect, there will be conversation, music and the “celebration of the transformative power of the arts.” Important information about rules and deadlines will also be shared, with an option for audience members to chime in with questions via the chat.
“It brings together two of our favorite things: the arts and a fair democracy,” Wesley said in a statement.
Rudetsky added that they’re “going to make sure tons of vital voting information will be given throughout the show while still keeping the entertainment level at 100%.”
The performance and discussion are presented as part of ArtsVote, a campaign launched by Americans for the Arts Action Fund. As part of the project, artist and committee member Shepard Fairey created a poster to “help inform and mobilize artists and arts advocates to make their vote count in an election year, when substantial changes have been made to the voting system in their states due to COVID-19.” The ArtsVote platform provides resources about deadlines and procedures on a state level.
“The arts are incredibly important to both the individuals of this nation and who we are, collectively, as a nation,” Fairey said in a press release announcing the initiative. “There’s a tremendous economic benefit to art and all the creative endeavors and culture generated by the arts. Still, even more importantly, art connects people to their true humanity and their best selves, allowing them to express their unique vision and connect with other humans.”
Top Image: Shepard Fairey's poster for ArtsVote.