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Friday, May 16, 2008

MORE CSO RANT

I seem to be getting grouchier than ever. I don't know if its the weather, the diet or just what, but the debacle at the Columbus symphony isn't helping my mood. Today it was reported that the Greater Columbus Arts Council is withdrawing funding, a quarter of a mill plus for the orchestra's 2008-2009 because the season has effectively been cancelled. Now you can't blame GCAC for this. They can't hold up monies that can go to other worthy organizations. I do wonder why they have never spoken publicly to encourage the orchestra's pooh bahs to either address the problems, sell tickets and get going or get out. Why hasn't GCAC said anything about anything. I sent 'em an e mail to this effect his morning. Politer in tone than I am now. But you and I both know that if there's any reply at all it will be along the "It's not our job " lines. My idea of arts advocacy is at odds with those in authority. Maybe they need to become as grouchy s I am.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I emailed GCAC as well, and actually went to the Grants Award announcements, where they stated that they were tabling the funds, until they stop screwing around at the CSO, or very similar phrasing. Have you read the report on the arts in Columbus, by Wayne Lawson's committee? The group was appointed by Mayor Coleman and reported in 2007, in preparation for the 2012 events in Columbus. Very interesting conclusions regarding the role of GCAC.