Yesterday, I watched my older daughter dance on the stage of the Greg L. Reese Performing Arts Center located at the East Cleveland Library. I was a proud parent, watching her tackle a particularly challenging contemporary ballet piece, silently cheering her on. But at the same time, I was moved by the beautiful space, the incredible acoustics, and appreciative audience members. I was also in awe of the many artists who have performed there, inspiring this community.
The current economy continues to challenge our local arts community as evidenced by recent news articles and national studies. Local arts groups are doing what they do best – being innovative in responding to current conditions – and supporting each other by sharing strategies.
To support these efforts, The Cleveland Foundation and CityMusic Cleveland will be hosting a session with David Kitto, Vice President of Marketing and Sales at the Kennedy Center around the topic of Audience Development and Creative Marketing in Tough Times. This free session will take place on Thursday, February 4, 2010, from 1-3 pm in the Minter Conference Center at the Cleveland Foundation. Space is limited. .
While there are no easy solutions to these challenges, yesterday’s experience reminded me yet again how the arts make a difference in each of our lives…..