Kennedy Center Launches New Initiative for Arts Organizations in Crisis

News   Kennedy Center Launches New Initiative for Arts Organizations in Crisis In response to the difficulties faced by many arts organizations throughout the country, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced the creation of Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative.

The program, according to the Washington, DC, venue, is designed to "provide emergency planning assistance to struggling [non-profit] arts organizations throughout the United States . . . [and] will provide free consulting from both Kennedy Center president Michael M. Kaiser and members of the Kennedy Center's executive staff." In a statement Kennedy Center president Michael M. Kaiser said, "These are times of economic crisis and as the nation's center for the performing arts, we wish to help. If any arts organization in the United States believes we can assist, the senior staff of the Kennedy Center and I offer our collective skills. We are at your service."

Babs Mollere, managing director of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, added, "The Kennedy Center and Michael Kaiser offered swift, constructive, hands-on, and inspirational assistance during the crisis for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra following Hurricane Katrina. We are still following and implementing planning done during that critical period and have been amazed at the hard work and resilience of our organization and our cultural community that was aided by this special partnership."

Companies who would like to participate should visit www.artsincrisis.org and submit an online request.