Curtains?: The Future of the Arts in America

Curtains The Future of the Arts in America In this clear minded but sobering book Michael M Kaiser assesses the current state of arts institutions orchestras opera ballet modern dance and theater companies and even museums According to Kai

  • Title: Curtains?: The Future of the Arts in America
  • Author: Michael M. Kaiser
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  • Page: 454
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Curtains?: The Future of the Arts in America

    In this clear minded but sobering book, Michael M Kaiser assesses the current state of arts institutions orchestras opera, ballet, modern dance, and theater companies and even museums According to Kaiser, new developments in the twenty first century, including the Internet explosion, the death of the recording industry, the near death of subscriptions, economic instabIn this clear minded but sobering book, Michael M Kaiser assesses the current state of arts institutions orchestras opera, ballet, modern dance, and theater companies and even museums According to Kaiser, new developments in the twenty first century, including the Internet explosion, the death of the recording industry, the near death of subscriptions, economic instability, the focus on STEM education in schools, the introduction of movie theater opera, the erosion of newspapers, the threat to serious arts criticism, and the aging of the donor base have together created tremendous challenges for all arts organizations Using Michael Porter s model of industry structure to describe how industries evolve, Kaiser argues persuasively that unless steps are taken now, midsized performing arts institutions will have all but evaporated by 2035 Only the largest arts organizations will survive, with tickets priced for the very wealthy and programming limited to the most popular and lucrative productions Kaiser concludes with a call to arms With three extraordinary decades experience as an arts administrator behind him, he advocates passionately for risk taking in programming and creative marketing, and details what needs to happen now building strong donor bases, creating effective boards, and collective action to sustain the performing arts for generations to come.

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    1. Christine Sumption

      The first couple of chapters provide a breezy history of nonprofit arts in the U.S laying out the landscape in broad strokes. But then Kaiser starts "predicting the future," describing what the nonprofit arts world will be like in 2035. This is where the book starts to fall apart. His predictions range from the obvious (as in what's already been happening for a number of years) to the ludicrous, and he begins to sound like a grumpy grandpa who doesn't understand newfangled technology. I don't en [...]

    2. Jessica

      Interestng book about what Kaiser thinks about the Future of the Arts in America. Eloquently thought-provoking and incorporating technology, he points out several flaws of the arts organizations of today and how they might improve, if it isn't too late.

    3. Dan Gorman

      Michael M. Kaiser makes a persuasive case that the long-term survival of the American arts industry is in serious danger. Cuts to arts education and soaring ticket prices mean that fewer people have an appreciation for or access to the arts from a young age. The rich donors who gave so much to the arts in the twentieth century are dying and young donors are largely not taking their places. Technology and new forms of entertainment seem more appealing to consumers than classical music or other ar [...]

    4. Andrew

      The first few chapters are a great history of the arts in America through the 20th century, their heyday in the 1950s-90s and the decline of funding post-9/11. Then there are two chapters filled with dire predictions presented as fact. Then a very useful chapter with solutions for ameliorating the impact of the predictions in the previous chapters.Now, I may be looking at it with a jaundiced eye since I make my living in the arts, but I have a hard time swallowing the future laid out in this boo [...]

    5. Charles

      Recommended for arts managers and art organization board members. Kaiser puts forth many good points about where arts management has been and where it's going. However, in some sort of cruel irony, chapter 3 gets redundant as it details dire forecasts from different arts sectors such as ballet, opera, music, and museums. For the most part, each dire forecast is largely the same as the last, excepting organizations and art forms mentioned.

    6. Bonnie

      Kaiser is very knowledgeable but paints a rather grim future for the arts. He does, however, provide some hope and insight into how the arts can be successful moving forward in our technological, global society.

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