In the last ten years, corporate donations to the arts have dropped by more than 50%, according to the Giving USA Foundation. That leaves organizations like the Austin Creative Alliance in a precarious position.
Thus Crisis and Opportunity was born. ACA created a forum for members of the Austin arts community to discuss and debate pressing issues on artists and arts organizations today.
Over 100 people attended the forum at the Mexican American Cultural Center last night ranging from owners to patrons to newcomers to the Austin arts not-for-profit scene.
The debate was passionate, civil, and thought provoking. Comments ranged from “you guys suck at business” to the more uplifting “if you didn’t fund any arts, there would still be art.”
Although there were disagreements, everyone in attendance reached the consensus that the arts are vital to the Austin community and should be protected, promoted, and shared.
More to come soon.