Just as I was feeling very pessimistic at the lack of spark and creativity I observe from many of our arts organizations, I visited Dance NYC, a very small but remarkable service organization in New York.
I have spoken with thousands of arts managers over the past six months and it is astonishing how many are considering leaving their positions in the relatively near future. This bodes ill for the Arts.
Billions of dollars are spent educating dancers, singers, pianists and actors. We spend a pittance on training the people who will employ them, who will find resources to support their work and will attract their audiences.
I am completely sympathetic with the current plight of my fellow arts managers. I do believe there are times when programming and marketing must be sacrificed but I believe this should be a last resort, not a first resort.