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Yo-Yo Ma visits Washington, D.C. to advocate for arts education

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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma performs in Los Angeles. Tonight, the cellist will give a speech on arts education in Washington, D.C.

To celebrate "Arts Advocacy Day," Cellist Yo-Yo Ma will give a speech about arts education entitled "Art for Life's Sake: A Road Map from One Citizen Musician" in Washington, D.C.

The speech will be streamed live by Google starting at 3:30 pm PST. The event will be at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall.

Don't worry if you miss it. Tomorrow, Ma will participate in a Google hangout discussing arts education policies. He'll be joined by Matt Sorum, drummer for Velvet Revolver and Guns N’ Roses. Damian Woetzel, director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program, will also be there. The virtual event runs from 7:30 am to 8 am PST.

Organizers are encouraging questions from around the country. To participate, tweet a question using the hashtag #AskYoYo or send an email to artseducation@artsusa.org. 

This year marks the 26th annual "Arts Advocacy Day." The event is sponsored by Americans for the Arts.

And it's being marked by more than speeches. Tomorrow morning, a group of lawmakers say they will call for an increase in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts to $155 million.

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