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June 14, 2004

The first-ever National Convention for The Performing Arts just concluded it's week of discussions and seminars. A wide array of guest speakers and performers enlivened the meetings. They included National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dana Gioia, musician Bobby McFerrin, Village Voice dance critic Deborah Jowitt, and English choral composer John Rutter. Last Wednesday through Sunday, 4,000 members of 13 arts-service organizations representing five different disciplines gathered to talk about an enormous range of industry issues, nearly all relating to an absence of money. These ranged from how to nurture effective leaders, engage audiences and cut costs to how the arts' effect on economic development and education may be used to change public policy. Virtually every topic related directly or indirectly to funding. It was thought by participants to be the largest arts meeting ever held in the United States. More

Posted by acapnews at June 14, 2004 9:42 PM

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