IAC Press Release

For Immediate Release: November 2, 2009

Contact: Jeff Morgan
Public Relations

Kennedy Centerís Michael Kaiser visits Des Moines Nov. 20

National tour brings Kaiser to Iowa for Arts Community Conversation

(DES MOINES, Iowa) — Michael M. Kaiser, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will visit Des Moines this month to engage in an Arts Community Conversation with Iowa’s cultural arts organizations.

The event will be at 9 a.m., Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, at The Temple for Performing Arts, 1011 Locust Street in Des Moines. Admission is free and pre-registration is requested by e-mailing to rsvp@bravogreaterdesmoines.org by Nov. 16, 2009. The Iowa Arts Council and BRAVO Greater Des Moines are hosting the event.

In February, Kaiser began touring all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to lead arts management symposia and community conversations. At each event, he is discussing issues facing non-profit cultural organizations through such areas as fundraising, building more effective boards of trustees, budgeting and marketing.

At the Des Moines event, Kaiser will meet and greet cultural arts leaders, workers and supporters; engage in an Arts Community Conversation with BRAVO Greater Des Moines Executive Director MD Isley; and respond to questions from the audience.

Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Cyndi Pederson is encouraging Iowa’s cultural arts organizations and others to attend the event.

“I have been meeting with arts organizations across the state the past few months, and I continue to be amazed by their passion and commitment,” Pederson said. “Each organization is dealing with its own unique and specific challenges, but this is a terrific opportunity to meet in person to compare notes and share problem-solving strategies.”

Kaiser’s national tour was developed in conjunction with “Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative,” a program created in response to the economic emergency facing arts organizations throughout the United States. The program provides free and confidential planning assistance in areas pertinent to maintaining a vital performing arts organization during a troubled economy.

Currently, “Arts in Crisis” is working with more than 450 organizations in 40 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. More than 200 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 on-line 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: A Kennedy Center Initiative” is funded by Helen Lee Henderson and Adrienne Arsht.

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 The Iowa Arts Council is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and works to enrich the quality of life for Iowans through support of the arts. Funding for the Iowa Arts Council and its programs is provided by the state of Iowa and the National Endowment for the Arts. More information at www.iowaartscouncil.org.