As the ballet faces its future, it’s dealing with a choice many performing arts organizations are struggling with…modern or classic.
The seventh and final play of this year’s Humana Festival of New American Plays is set to debut this weekend. The play is a comedy called Bob. The playwright is Peter Sinn Nachtreib. He’s based in San Francisco, but the inspiration for the play came on a previous visit Nachtreib paid to Louisville.
Like many other arts organizations, the ballet has suffered from rises and falls in ticket sales, donations and corporate sponsorships in the last few years. The company’s next season will feature four shows, rather than five, and at least two dancers have been cut. The ballet is also selling its building to the Fund for the Arts, then leasing it back.
Visual Art Association board chair Benton Keith was among the loudest voices calling for Cowen’s dismissal. He says the retirement is welcome, but inequities still exist.
The End is coming to the Humana Festival of New American Plays. Not the end of the festival—it lasts until April. But the latest play to debut at the festival is an apocalyptic romp titled is The End. It features various calamities involving asteroids, aliens, zombies and Hollywood celebrities.
Burnside says her concern is with how the fund distributes money. She says the organization should distribute it evenly among performing, visual and other types of arts and the fact that the fund more heavily supports performing arts should be widely known
Cowen’s supporters tout his fundraising skills, but the demonstrators say they won’t give up until the CEO is fired or resigns.
The protest is meant to encourage the fund’s board to fire CEO Allan Cowen. Cowen threatened the job of the director of the Louisville Visual Art Association in a voicemail last month after the director and others criticized the fund for giving little or no money to visual arts groups.
Artists and arts advocates, who have been outspoken about his frustrations with the Fund for the Arts CEO Allan Cowen, will demonstrate outside the fund’s offices later this week.
Louisville Speed Art Museum officials have launched the first comprehensive review of the Museum’s 14,000 piece collection in 83 years.
It’s part of several initiatives aimed at improving the collection and better engaging visitors.