Kaiser announces “Arts in Crisis” initiative

Posted on: February 4, 2009

In Tuesday’s (2/3) Washington Post, Jacqueline Trescott writes that “After a string of successes rescuing arts groups from near-death, [Michael M.] Kaiser is now enlisting Kennedy Center managers to help nonprofit arts organizations that are reeling from the recession. ‘Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative’ was announced this morning. Essentially, the program is a high-tech support service through which arts administrators can talk to the center’s personnel about shrinking income, budget-conscious audiences and other difficulties in keeping the doors open. … Any arts organization that is nonprofit—which usually covers orchestras, dance troupes and theaters—can sign up for free assistance from the Kennedy Center, which has built a reservoir of information about how groups have managed their successes and failures through a half-dozen programs over the past eight years. … The Kennedy Center’s program received $500,000 mainly from two individuals: board member Helen Lee Henderson and Adrienne Arsht, a Miami businesswoman and philanthropist. … ‘Arts in Crisis’ has a Web site where organizations can register: http://www.artsincrisis.org. Assistance will be provided through e-mails, telephone calls, Web chats or site visits.”