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How The Arts Community Is Weathering The Recession

Moments Of Crisis Prompt Creativity

Above: A sample of what's on display at the San Diego Museum of Art.

Aired 9/28/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.

The recent economic down turn has impacted not only businesses and individuals but also non-profits and arts institutions. Today we consider how some of San Diego's arts organizations have been dealing with the recession.

Guests

Victoria L. Hamilton, Executive Director, City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture

Michael Rosenberg, Managing Director, La Jolla Playhouse

Roxana Velásquez, Executive director, San Diego Museum of Art

Transcript

According to Victoria Hamilton of the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, "It's been pretty tough for the arts community, overall if you look at combined, contributed and earned income it's been about a 17% decrease over, since 2008."

Recently, San Diego has lost Starlight theater and Sushi yet film festivals and dance are doing extremely well. Both the San Diego Museum of Art and the La Jolla Playhouse have felt the impact of the recession.

But Roxana Velásquez, Executive Director of the San Diego Museum of Art explains, "Albert Einstein, as you might know, said exactly the crisis moments are the opportunity moments. Let us see what happens when the problems exist and when you don't have everything solved."

Velásquez and La Jolla Playhouse Managing Director Michael Rosenberg discuss some of the creative solutions their organizations have come up with to weather this recent economic downturn.

Here is a video of "Jesus Christ Superstar," opening at the Playhouse on November 18 and directed by the Playhouse's former Artistic Director Des McAnuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p06CgUoH02U&feature=youtu.be

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