This just in from Butler...Michael Kaiser, head of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., will speak at Butler in August about "The Arts in Crisis." Kaiser has been touring the country, offering ideas to arts advocates about how to get through this troubled economy. The program is aimed at especially at local professionals in the field.

INDIANAPOLIS — Michael Kaiser, president of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will bring his 50-state national program "Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative" to the Butler University's Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 11.

Kaiser will address the challenges facing non-profit performing arts organizations today through such areas as fundraising, building more effective boards of trustees, budgeting and marketing.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, go to www.cloweshall.org/artsincrisis.

More information is available at artsincrisis.org.

"Arts in Crisis" is a response to the emergency facing arts organizations throughout the United States.

"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," Kaiser said. "Communicating in person allows us to be more effective in advising organizations in need."

The "Arts in Crisis" 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 350 organizations in 40 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Over 100 experienced arts leaders from across the country are volunteering their time to serve as mentors to organizations in need.

Non-profit performing arts organizations that would like to participate in the program should visit www.artsincrisis.org to submit an online request. The Kennedy Center will quickly match organizations in need with a member of the Kennedy Center executive staff or a volunteer mentor in their local area.

"Arts in Crisis" also enables senior arts managers across the United States to volunteer to serve as mentors to other arts organizations. "There are many talented arts administrators around the country, and we encourage them to lend their expertise," Kaiser said. "If all of us work together, we can turn a time of crisis into a time of opportunity."

Since 2001, Michael M. 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 280 arts organizations in New York City; and 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.

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