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Wall Street Fallout for the Arts, Pt 2


by Jerome Weeks 18 Sep 2008

From the Washington Post: You don’t hear panic from the directors of museums and theaters, nor has anyone started to cut back the number of productions or exhibitions they’re planning. Economic jolts take a few months, or longer, to reach budgets and schedules in Planet Arts, and gifts from corporations make up one of the […]

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From the Washington Post:

You don’t hear panic from the directors of museums and theaters, nor has anyone started to cut back the number of productions or exhibitions they’re planning. Economic jolts take a few months, or longer, to reach budgets and schedules in Planet Arts, and gifts from corporations make up one of the smaller slabs in the pie chart of annual giving in this realm. The National Endowment for the Arts reported that corporations accounted for only 3 percent of contributed income for nonprofit arts organizations in 2005.

But what if the economy tanks, rather than just a couple of companies? In six months, foundations will assess their portfolios, the government will start to cut spending, and individual donors might start to pull back. When the workaday, six-figure suit starts to get chintzy, then it’s white-knuckle time.

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  • Tough times require new thinking – a revolution in thinking about the arts.
    Example – why non profit arts? How about non profit lawyers, doctors, or businessmen?
    Why are the arts a group that can’t make a profit?
    Let the government support the arts but with more flexibility.