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Kennedy Center's Arts in Crisis Tour Coming to Charleston


Jan. 28, 2010

Media Contacts:

Milly Hough
(803) 734-8698


Misty Moore

(803) 734-8620


COLUMBIA, S.C. – Michael M. Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will address the challenges facing nonprofit arts organizations during a visit to Charleston on Tues., Feb. 23. The event begins at 9 a.m. at the College of Charleston's Simons Center, followed by lunch and group discussion at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park. There is no charge to attend, but advance registration is required. To register, contact Carolyn Lackey, (843) 727-1216, ccagrants@aol.com.


The Kennedy Center's Arts in Crisis tour provides an opportunity for arts and cultural organizations to engage in conversation with Kaiser, a well-known national arts leader. Participants will gain practical advice of particular interest to arts organizations that are seeking a new direction in order to survive or remain sustainable. Kaiser's presentation is the only South Carolina stop on the tour to all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.


"Each locality is dealing with its own unique and specific challenges, and there is no better way to understand each region than through in-person visits," said Kaiser. "Communicating in person allows us to be more effective in advising organizations in need."


The Charleston Concert Association is hosting Kaiser's visit in partnership with the South Carolina Arts Commission, the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and the College of Charleston School of the Arts.


About the Charleston Concert Association:

Established in 1936 as a nonprofit, the Charleston Concert Association is the Lowcountry's oldest and only year-round presenting organization. Its mission is to enhance the cultural life of Charleston by presenting and producing a diverse variety of performing arts, including orchestral and chamber music, opera, ballet, modern dance and jazz, and by fostering education programs to promote lifelong appreciation of the performing arts. For more information, visit www.charlestonconcerts.org.


About SCAC:
The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com or call (803) 734-8696.