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Monday, February 8, 2010

"Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative 50 State Tour" in Charleston

Tuesday, February 23rd at 9 am, Michael Kaiser, President of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will visit Charleston, SC on his 50 state tour. This is a not to be missed opportunity for arts organizations and administrators across the country!

The "Arts in Crisis Tour" provides an opportunity for representatives of arts and cultural organizations to participate in two important tasks: engage in conversation with Michael Kaiser, one of the most respected arts leaders in the U.S., and execute the important lessons he has learned through past experiences. During the event, attendees will gain first-hand information and practical advice that is of particular interest to arts organizations seeking a new direction in order to survive or, at the least, remain sustainable.

Michael Kaiser has successfully restructured, reinvented and revitalized numerous well-known arts organizations by aggressively thinking outside of the proverbial box. His actions have successfully turned-around organizations on the brink of failure through the use of ten simple steps. Mr. Kaiser is the author of The Art of the Turnaround and initiated the "Arts in Crisis" program.

If your organization has experienced a decline in revenue, reduction in charitable contributions, decreased attendance, or all of the aforementioned, the information presented in the following programs will be extremely useful as you prepare for the challenge of a drastically different future. These programs will especially be helpful for members of non-profit boards.

Book discussion and review
Saturday, February 13th, 2pm at City Gallery at Waterfront Park
Admission is free; RSVP at (843) 958-6484
Michael Kaiser's book The Art of the Turnaround is available for purchase at Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King Street.

Discussion with Michael Kaiser
Tuesday, February 23rd, 8:30 am Registration/Coffee; 9-11 am Discussion
College of Charleston's Simons Center for the Arts, Recital Hall, 54 St Philip St
Admission is free; Advance reservations required; call The Charleston Concert Association at (843) 727-1216 or email CCAGrants@aol.coom

Networking Lunch
Tuesday, February 23rd, 12-1:30pm at City Gallery at Waterfront Park
Admission is free to attendees of the discussion; RSVP at (843) 958-6484

Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative is hosted in Charleston by the Charleston Concert Association in partnership with the South Carolina Arts Commission, the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, and College of Charleston School of the Arts