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Smithsonian Associates Presents “Connie Britton: Actress as Advocate”

January 23, 2017

Smithsonian Associates presents an evening with actress Connie Britton Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 6:45 p.m. in Baird Auditorium at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Britton will discuss her television experiences and the importance of advocating for issues for which she is passionate with NPR’s Linda Holmes.

Britton may be best known for starring on the NBC’s critically acclaimed Friday Night Lights, for which she received two Emmy nominations (and a devoted following) for her role as Tami Taylor, a Texas high school principal married to the school’s football coach. She continued to garner attention as country music star Rayna Jaymes in the ABC series Nashville, for which she earned her fourth Emmy nomination and her first Golden Globe nomination. Television audiences also embraced Britton in the recent Emmy-winning FX series The People v. O.J. Simpson and in roles on American Horror Story, The West Wing, 24 and Spin City.

Offscreen, Britton plays an equally important role as goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme, for which she raises awareness of the organization’s work in poverty eradication and women’s empowerment. Throughout her career, Britton has devoted substantial time to a wide range of charity work both in the United States and internationally. She previously travelled to Africa with the ONE campaign led by U2’s Bono to support humanitarian causes and has been committed to supporting women’s health issues.

Ticket prices for the Smithsonian Associates’ presentation are $35 for general admission and $25 for Associate members. For tickets and information, the public may call (202) 633-3030 or visit

Smithsonian Associates—the largest museum-based education program in the world—produces vibrant educational and cultural programming inspired by the Smithsonian’s research, collections and exhibitions. Each year more than 750 individual programs are presented to spark creativity and excite learning in people of all ages in the Washington, D.C., area and across the country. Smithsonian Associates brings the Smithsonian to life through seminars, performances, lectures, studio arts classes and local and regional study tours, as well as many engaging programs for children, including performances and summer day camps.

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