The Alabama Alliance for Arts Education and Birmingham Children’s Theatre (BCT) will host Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser on Friday, January 22 from 9:00-11:30 am as part of the nationwide tour, Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative. The event will be held in BCT’s Mainstage Theater in the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in downtown Birmingham, AL.
The Arts in Crisis Initiative is a response to the emergency facing arts organizations throughout the United States. The current economic climate has reduced earned and contributed income, decimated endowments, and has left some organizations struggling for survival. Companies of all sizes, localities, and performing arts disciplines have been affected.
The program on January 22 will feature Alabama State Council on the Arts Executive Director Al Head and Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham President Kate Nielsen in an informal community conversation with Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser. Mr. Kaiser will speak on the areas of fundraising, building more effective Boards of Trustees, budgeting, marketing, technology, and other areas pertinent to maintaining a vital performing arts organization during a troubled economy.
The free event is open to the public, but is especially pertinent Alabama’s arts leaders, board members, executive directors, arts staff, arts patrons, legislators, community/state leaders, and grantmaking/funding/philanthropy officials or personnel. For information about the event, please contact the Alabama Alliance for Arts Education at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. To find out more about Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative, please visit www.artsincrisis.org.
Complimentary parking passes are available to download HERE. Be sure to print out your parking pass to receive free parking at the BJCC the day of the event. This pass may only be used in the gravel lot on 19th Street North between 10th and 11th Avenues North.
8:45 am - Press Interviews (Ballet Rehearsal Hall)
9:00 am - Doors Open/Check-in/Registration
9:15 am - Meet and Greet with Michael Kaiser in Mainstage Theatre Lobby
9:45 am - Meet and Greet ends/Theatre opens
10:00 am - Event begins
10:45 am - Audience Q & A
11:30 am - Event ends
When & Where
Birmingham Children's Theatre
Birmingham Children’s Theatre (BCT), one of the nation’s oldest and largest professional theater companies for young audiences, exists to produce extraordinary theater that entertains, inspires and enlightens young people, families, and teachers, and to provide unique, imaginative theater education for children of all ages. Established in 1947, BCT reaches over 165,000 children annually, and has touched the lives of over 12 million people throughout its six-decade history. www.bct123.org.