A $30 million gift to the Metropolitan Opera – the Harlem School of the Arts closes for lack of 1/60th that amount. Pretty clear what big private funders value, and it’s not the American vernacular or immediately next generation of artists. There’s hardly anything jazzy about this post.
“The Met is sorely in need of cash . . .We really need it, and we need a lot more than that. . . it’s not enough to save us, [but] it’s a very timely and important gift.”
As the economy turned and a number of our institutional donors cut back on their giving, our revenue from fund-raising shrank dramatically as our expenses remained the same.
No doubt the Metropolitan Opera had the same problem, as has every other cultural institution in America. That was only part of the trouble that led to the closing in December 2009 of another New York City arts establishment, the Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem, because its difficulties began with a 14-year-old student’s charge of sexual abuse by a choir counselor, which led to a law suit, the Choir losing its home and, oh yes, increased difficulty raising funds to pay off payroll taxes and penalties. An alumni choir survives, but isn’t training new students.
y European artistry in America, and current, forward-looking training for Americans with limited arts education opportunities?