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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 25, 2010

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136
shelly.angers@dcr.nh.gov

Kennedy Center to present arts management symposium in Concord

Michael M. Kaiser, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will visit Concord, N.H. on June 24 as part of “Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative,” an arts management symposium. Kaiser will address the challenges facing non-profit performing arts organizations in such areas as fundraising, building more effective boards of trustees, budgeting, and marketing.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Capitol Center for the Arts, which is serving as host for the event along with Arts Presenters of Northern New England (APNNE) and the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources, which houses the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.

Tickets are free and can be reserved online at www.ccanh.com or by calling the Capitol Center box office at (603) 225-1111. APNNE will host a continental breakfast reception beginning at 9:15 a.m. for all ticket holders.

“Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative” is a response to the emergency facing arts organizations throughout the United States. The program, open to non-profit 501(c)(3) performing arts organizations, provides free and confidential planning assistance in areas pertinent to maintaining a vital performing arts organization during a troubled economy. The program is currently working with more than 765 organizations; more than 165 experienced arts leaders from across the country are volunteering their time to serve as mentors to organizations in need.

Since the initiative’s launch in February 2009, the Kennedy Center has hosted symposia and arts community conversations in major cities across the country. Kaiser will visit all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

“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.”

Since 2001, Kaiser and his executive staff have shaped numerous arts leaders through the Kennedy Center Institute for Arts Management. The Institute provides a wide variety of training and support for arts management, including a capacity building program for culturally specific arts organizations; a program to train board members of arts organizations throughout the United States; international capacity building programs for arts organizations in 60 nations; a capacity building program for over 260 arts organizations in New York City; and www.artsmanager.org, an interactive web resource for arts management professionals. The Kennedy Center also offers internship and fellowship programs, exposing arts professionals to various facets of arts management.

“Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative” is funded by Helen Lee Henderson and Adrienne Arsht.

For more information about “Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative,” please visit www.artsincrisis.org. For more information about Arts Presenters of Northern New England, visit www.apnne.org. For more information about the N.H. Department of Cultural Resources, visit www.nh.gov/nhculture.

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