Michael Kaiser, the president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. wrote an interesting blog for The Huffington Post, yesterday titled, Why the Arts Don’t Pay for Themselves.
Kaiser makes some interesting points, claiming that most industries improve worker productivity annually, thereby combating inflation. However, in the arts, says Kasier, “A Balanchine ballet that required 32 dancers in the 1950s still requires 32 dancers today.” Read the full blog here:
While Kaiser’s piece provides some insightful food for thought, there is uplifting news regarding support for the arts—specifically ballet. Attendance for the first week of New York City Ballet’s two-week season at Saratoga Performing Arts Center was up 7 percent as compared to the same time last year—despite the current economic climate and last week's rainy weather (the center is an amphitheater).
SPAC President and Executive Director Marcia J. White said in a statement that she attributes the success to NYCB’s program as well as several pre-performance events for children and families. “While it’s too soon to make any final determinations, we are cautiously optimistic that attendance will continue to be strong as we move into the ballet’s final week here at SPAC,” White added.
Nov. 29, 2001 07:00PM EST