Arts for Everyone
Elite is out, outreach is in. The latest example - appropriately, for role model purposes - is from the nation's capital. That crystal jewel box on the Potomac, the Kennedy Center, will soon offer a free musical or theatrical performance every night at 6. One source of talent will be Congress members' nominations of performers from back home.Skip to next paragraph
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"Pay what you can" concerts are also part of a new "Performing Arts for Everyone" program. Such ventures - seen elsewhere on a smaller scale - are prudent when arts funders want to know their money serves more than a favored few. But outreach is good in itself, in line with Founding Father John Adams's famous hopes for study of arts as a right for future generations.