We hoped that giving our international students the opportunity to learn basic concepts, return home, get frustrated and return to us for another 'dose' three years in a row may help them have a better chance to experiment and learn and change their organizations.
With the gap between the haves and the have nots changing, with too few arts organizations building the size of their funding families, with the advent of new technologies that can help us but also compete with us, we will have a very different arts ecology 20 years from now.
I know asking for money can be uncomfortable; I know looking for board members or planning an institutional marketing effort can be time-consuming and challenging. But unless one acts on a board development, marketing or fundraising plan, the effort to develop it is wasted.
Harvey was best known as the inspirational leader who turned the Brooklyn Academy of Music into one of the great arts institutions of the nation. Before becoming an arts manager, he was a dancer who collaborated with choreographers like Merce Cunningham, Eliot Feld, Bill T. Jones and Pina Bausch.
The symphony was funded, to a remarkable extent, by one individual. When this philanthropist was killed in a car crash last year, the major source of funds for the symphony was cut off. No arts organization can rely on simply one donor, no matter how generous.