Last week, an op-ed piece by Michael Kaiser appeared in the Washington Post discussing how arts organizations have been affected by the economic crisis, and what legislative steps need to be taken to save them. Here’s an excerpt:
“The arts have historically received short shrift from our political leaders, who all too often seem happy to offer bland endorsements of our work without backing those words with financial appropriations. But the arts in the United States provide 5.7 million jobs and account for $166 billion in economic activity annually. This sector is at serious risk. Because the arts are so fragmented, no single organization’s demise threatens the greater economy and claims headlines. But thousands of organizations, and the state of America’s arts ecology, are in danger.”
Kaiser has a wealth of experience managing troubled arts organizations and is the president of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His book The Art of the Turnaround (an excellent and easy read that I highly recommend) was published last September and is the current selection for the Emerging Leaders of New York Arts book club, which will meet to discuss the book on Tuesday, January 27th at 6:30 PM. All are welcome to attend and the location is to be determined. RSVP to Christy (at) mmdg (dot) org.