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What I Learned From Ragtime

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

It is much easier it is to sell a show when it is produced by a not-for-profit institution (like the Kennedy Center) than when it is a stand-alone, for-profit venture, as most Broadway shows are.

Are We Forgetting the Mission of the Arts?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

I must admit that the more I travel around the nation and the world, the more I realize that money concerns truly have begun to overwhelm artistic decisions in too many arts organizations.

Questions on Diversity

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

When large, white organizations produce minority works they typically select the "low hanging fruit," the most popular works featuring the most famous minority performers. This invariably hurts minority arts organizations.

How Helpful Is Cultural Diplomacy?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Kaiser

As the Obama administration tries to rebuild America's image abroad, do we need to send dance companies and theater companies abroad?

The Biggest Problem Facing the Arts

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

The main challenge facing the arts world is the lack of a trained corps of managers who know how to find resources, attract audiences and other constituents and provide support to our artists.

Artistic Directors Versus Executive Directors

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

Amidst all of the pain and fear of the economic crisis, one area of conversation always gets a laugh: the way to reduce tension between artistic directors and executive leadership.

Why I Worry About Modern Dance

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

Virtually every great modern dance company was founded more than 40 years ago. Where is the current, not to mention next, generation of great modern dance companies to carry the torch?

An Interview with Matisyahu, Plus Barbra Streisand and Brian Setzer Updates

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Matisyahu's latest album, Light showcases his young, old soul, further exploring musical territories of both the secular and sacred.

Why the Arts Don't Pay for Themselves

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

When people say the arts are irrelevant, I have to disagree; the arts are simply too expensive.

Any Given Child

Michael Kaiser | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Kaiser

Arts education is particularly important at this juncture in our economic history. With manufacturing jobs evaporating, we need more than ever to train our children to be creative, problem-solving members of our economy.

5 Ways Women Can Make Changes Across Generations

Emmie Twombly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Emmie Twombly

The women of Vital Voices are defining success on their own terms in their own countries, organizations and families.

Park Avenue's Nichibei Exchange - and the Japanese Flute

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jim Luce

The Nichibei Exchange tries to bring interesting people from all facets of the U.S.-Japan relationship together with a group of people who are intimately familiar with the other.

Obamas Head To Kennedy Center For 'Date Night' (PHOTOS)

AP/Huffington Post Slideshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATED WITH PHOTOS OF THEM ATTENDING, POOL REPORT (SCROLL TO SEE) WASHINGTON - Life in the White House isn't keeping Barack and Michelle Obama from ...

Dear President-Elect Obama, Could We Please Have a Ministry of Culture like Every Other Country in the World?

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Vivian Norris

We need to invest in multi-dimensional human beings. We need to show that the country cares about culture.

The Kennedy Center Honors Five Legends

AP | NATASHA METZLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

From "Good Vibrations" to "Goodfellas," Brian Wilson and Martin Scorsese scored. Steve Martin strutted as one of the "wild and crazy guys." Diana Ross...

Kennedy Center Names Next 5 Inductees

AP | Brett Zongker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Pianist Leon Fleisher, actor Steve Martin, singers Diana Ross and Brian Wilson and film director Martin Scorsese will share the 30th annual honors of ...