‘House of Cards’ Kevin Spacey on Lawmakers’ Support for the Arts

house-of-cards-kevin-spaceyKevin Spacey, who portrays Frank Underwood on “House of Cards,” was in town last night for a benefit concert at the Shakespeare Theatre and The Washington Post’s Reliable Source Helena Andrews snagged five minutes for a Q&A with the actor.

Spacey, who founded the Kevin Spacey Foundation to provide funding for talented artists, shared with Andrews what he thinks lawmakers can do to support the arts:

“They can do much more in getting money into the arts. Arts and culture are not a luxury item, they’re a hugely important part of our lives. It’s nice to see that there are now lots of arguments being made in this country about how we can take S.T.E.M [Science, Technology, Energy and Math] and turn it into S.T.E.A.M. [Science, Technology, Energy, Arts and Math]. I think it’s a fantastic idea. While the sciences are hugely important, let us not leave behind a child’s imagination.”

For the full Q&A, click on over to the Reliable Source.

NOTE: STEM refers to ‘science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,’ not energy as quoted from the Post piece.