Kennedy Center to Help Arts Programs in Economic Trouble
The center's president said he is not as concerned about smaller organizations — which are used to dealing with difficult situations — as he is about groups that are misdirecting efforts at downsizing. "I'm worried that people are cutting the wrong things first, and that makes it much harder to compete for funding," he said. "Those who cut the programming first wouldn't look as attractive to the funders."
"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.
One of the center's incentives to act, besides witnessing the crisis, was hearing the president's call to arms. "This is in the spirit of President Obama saying we have to volunteer and get involved," Kaiser said.