Magazine article Variety

Tim Daly 'Our Push Is to Try to Change the Narrative about Arts

Magazine article Variety

Tim Daly 'Our Push Is to Try to Change the Narrative about Arts

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Tim Daly, who is president of arts advocacy organization the Creative Coalition, cheerfully offers that his personal tastes run to the weird and esoteric, even as he acknowledges he's become a symbol of "normalcy" on TV Daly is in his third long-running network series, co-starring opposite Téa Leoni in the CBS drama "Madam Secretary" But he still has plenty of weirdness up his sleeve.

What are the Creative Coalition's priorities? It's a crazy time in Washington.

We're responsible with some other organizations for saving the National Endowment for the Arts. Our push is to try to change the narrative about arts in this country. Arts are not just for professional artists. It's about exposing children to the arts in places like Idaho and Wyoming where they would never have any arts programs if it weren't for the NEA. It's not about turning them into artists. It's about turning them into better humans.

How do you like being married to Téa Leoni on TV?

It's a great marriage. It's oddly unique at this moment in time to have a marriage on television that is functioning. They're all usually so terrible, so dystopian. …

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