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Wednesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 6 Feb 2013 7:43 AM

Today in the roundup: A locally trained dancer makes the big time, how museums deal with donors and meeting the Amon Carter’s new hire.


THE HOME COMING: Ida Saki received her dance training from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and Dance Industry Performing Arts Center in Plano. And she’s made the most of it in landing a job with the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. On Saturday, she returns to her hometown when the company performs at the Winspear Opera House. She says Cedar Lake has been the perfect fit. “The interesting thing about the company is that it doesn’t focus on one particular movement style or movement genre,” she tells “They bring in choreographers from all different realms so every single piece is a completely different world. And I think that’s why I’m so intrigued by the company. It wasn’t about doing one movement style that fit me really well and that I enjoyed doing, but it was more of a constant challenge trying to interpret all of these different choreographers’ works.” Interested in going? Enter this week’s Big Deal giveaway.

HONOR THY DONOR: How does a museum respect the wishes of its generous donors while also doing right by the museum itself? It’s a tricky question that many institutions wrangle with – particularly when they feel hamstrung by stipulations made by donors who died decades ago. As a story shows, there’s no easy answer.

THE NEW HIRE: Back in September, Margi Condrads joined the staff of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art as its new deputy director of art and research. She came to the museum from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. You can learn a little bit about her role at the Carter in the video below.