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Michael Kaiser of The Kennedy Center speaks in Portland this Thursday

May 11th, 2010 by Right Brain Team

Michael M. Kaiser, President, The Kennedy Center (Photo: Ilan Mizrahi)

According to Michael Kaiser, President of The Kennedy Center: “We’re experiencing an economic downturn that is more severe than any that I’ve experienced in my career and I fear for the health of the arts ecology in this country.”

This week, Kaiser visits Portland and delivers the opportunity for members of the arts community to hear him extrapolate—and to provide solutions. The Kennedy Center is not only one of the nation’s leading performing arts venues, but it has also become, in recent years, a sort of mentor to other arts non-profits around the country with a project called Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative (I recommend clicking on this link to read more and watch a video with Kaiser himself).

Very relatedly, The Kennedy Center has also become an international leader in the development of arts education strategies, which they share in abundance through programs like Partners in Education, of which Right Brain is a shiny new member (read more about Right Brain’s participation the Partners program here).

Arts in Crisis provides strategic consulting to performing arts organizations across the country at no charge. As part of this, Kaiser tours the nation to talk with organizations and to get his finger on the pulse of each region’s distinct operating challenges.

Kaiser makes his stop in Portland this Thursday—and you don’t want to miss it. At Portland Center Stage, he’ll converse with the articulate and entertaining PCS Artistic Director Chris Coleman. Following that, Kaiser will engage in a Q&A with audience members.

Though his advice is not always received with open arms, Kaiser has a formidable background to legitimize the advisory role he’s taken on. He joined the non-profit sector after a successful career consulting with corporations such as IBM, General Motors, and on. He then lead the Royal Opera House, London; the American Ballet Theatre; and Alvin Ailey Dance Theater through major stabilization and expansion before overseeing significant growth at The Kennedy Center.

Admission to this program is free, but is limited the first 300 who register.

Arts in Crisis:  A Kennedy Center Initiative
A Conversation with Michael M. Kaiser, moderated by Chris Coleman
Thursday, May 13, 2010
The Gerding Theater at the Armory
128 NW 11th Avenue (btw Couch & Davis)
9 – 10am: Meet & Greet, Gerding lobby
10 AM – noon: Conversation and Q+A, Main Stage

Free, with registration. Register here!

Read much more about this program, Michael Kaiser and Arts in Crisis at the RACC website.


Right Brain Team