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Kennedy Center guru offers help, encouragement to local arts

January 13, 2010

Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser has a message of encouragement and some specific help for arts organizations who are struggling in these hard economic times. He’s been traveling the U.S. to spread the word about Arts in Crisis, an initiative of the Kennedy Center that is currently helping 450 arts organizations across the U.S. as they struggle to survive and thrive.

Join Kaiser when he comes to town on January 22, from 9 to 11 a.m., at Birmingham Children’s Theatre in downtown Birmingham. The event is free and you might learn a lot from his arts management expertise and personal support, revealed in a community conversation led by Cultural Alliance executive director Buddy Palmer.

“Each locality is dealing with its own unique and specific challenges, and there is no better way to understand each region than through in-person visits,” said Kaiser. “Communicating in person allows us to be more effective in advising organizations in need.”

Kaiser will speak on fundraising, building more effective Boards of Trustees, budgeting, marketing, technology and other areas pertinent to maintaining a vital performing arts organization during a troubled economy. The visit is sponsored in part by BCT, the Alabama Alliance for Arts Education and the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

The event is free, but you are encouraged to register on-line. Click here to learn more about the Arts in Crisis initiative.

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