From now on, when I hear people say that opera is a dying art form, that it is outmoded, that young people could never enjoy it, that it is too long, or too serious, or too expensive, I will remember this performance of Così fan tutte.
Organizations that devote time and energy to developing strategic plans must have the courage to imagine truly different futures. And the financial forecasts that should end every plan should reveal one aspect of this new tomorrow.
While not every child today has the opportunity to dance, act, sing or play an instrument, there will always be a group of extraordinary people who have a need to express themselves and the have ability to do so. We need to continue to provide vehicles for these young artists.
When an arts organization has success with a high visibility project, more important artists are willing to collaborate on future projects. I am convinced that this will be one important legacy of Follies.
People who think the arts ecology will return to what it was when the recession finally ends are setting themselves up for major disappointment. Those who do not prepare for a new world order are not acting in the best interests of their organizations.
If your organization is suffering, try planning! You may find that things seem a lot brighter. And when we are happier with our prospects, this radiates to our ticket buyers, donors, board members and the press.
Those arts patrons, corporations and foundations that care passionately about the future of the arts in America must encourage members of arts boards to seek the training they need and must invest in the training programs required.
Individual donors are the bedrock of American arts funding, giving more than 60% of the money received. Yet the average African American, Latino, Asian American or Native American arts organization receives less than 10% of its funding from individual donors.