WASHINGTON (AP) -- Celebrities and musicians including Ben Folds and Clay Walker visited Capitol Hill Tuesday to shine their spotlight on federal funding for the arts as part of Arts Advocay Day.

The musicians as well as actors Alec Baldwin, Hill Harper, Tiffani Thiessen and others are part of the artistic delegation for Americans for Arts, a nonprofit organization works to advance arts and arts education across the country.

Folds, who met with Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., to press for funding, credited art programs at public schools for his success today. The musician said the arts provide children with a "well-balanced curriculum."

Baldwin said in a news conference that the arts stimulate children's education.

With about $147 million in federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts this year, the group hopes to increase funding to $155 million next year.

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