Week in Review – May 16, 2014

What caught our eye this week…

CLASSICAL
Green Bay Symphony Orchestra says “thanks, but no thanks” to a grassroots effort to save the group, which is scheduled to disband after the 2014-2015 season.

DANCE
Bucking the current trend, Seattle’s Whim W’Him goes from pickup troupe to professional dance company, offering its corps of 10 dancers up to 35 weeks of work annually…

FUNDING
Florida’s legislature approved a whopping 384% increase in arts funding, rocketing the state from 41st to 5th in per capita arts spending per person.

OPERA
Aaand, they’re off! Metropolitan Opera begins labor talks in earnest, with the Local 1 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. While the tone was conciliatory, the two sides already have trouble agreeing on how to do math…

San Diego Opera and its controversial leaders are officially going their separate ways. The opera plans a press conference for Monday, bumped from today due to the San Diego county wildfires…

VISUAL
The Big Three automakers may chip in to help the Detroit Institute of Art raise needed funds to avoid having its works sold to bail out the city’s bankruptcy. Meanwhile
House reps take aim at an aid bill for the museum while a bankruptcy law expert calls shenanigans on the city’s proposed art-for-pensions deal.

THEATRE
Should Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber team up to write the next James Bond torch song?

CROWD
From Kickstarter: A Baltimore artist wants to create the first of a fleet of art trucks/mobile art galleries…

From Indiegogo: A St. Louis non-profit needs support for their efforts to help Syrian refugees complete their musical training

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