The Dream: Diversity in the Arts

Oct 21, 2011


"The Dream: Diversity in the Arts"
by Michael Kaiser
President, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The Huffington Post; October 17, 2011


On the occasion of the opening of the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial, Kaiser considers why arts organizations of color have not progressed as King's social movement has.

"Today there are a larger number of African-American, Latino and Asian-American arts organizations than ever before. This is a cause for celebration. Arts organizations of color are vital resources: they build new audiences, train diverse artists and provide laboratories for the creation of important works of art. Yet only a handful of these organizations have achieved widespread fame and only the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has an annual budget exceeding $10 million." More...