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Michael Kaiser on Karamu House and challenges facing arts organizations of color

WCPN 90.3 FM Ideastream, March 10, 2016

"'Karamu is one of the most important in the country,' says Michael Kaiser. He's chairman of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, a Washington-based agency that helps arts groups remain viable in a time of aging audiences and increased competition for the entertainment dollar. This past September, a DeVos report examined issues facing arts organizations of color. 'And what we found was that this sector was not growing at all, in terms of revenue. And yet, we've had inflation, and other arts organizations are growing, so that what happens is, if you are not growing, you're falling behind.'"

Brett Egan on the Heidelberg Project's 30th anniversary

B.L.A.C. Magazine, March 09, 2016

"A 60-year-old Detroit native, [Tyree] Guyton is arguably Motown's most famous painter and sculptor. He's also all but certainly the city's most controversial artist. The father of five is the mastermind behind the Heidelberg Project. The self-described 'open-air' art project of decorated homes and empty lots meant to push back at urban decay celebrates its 30th anniversary this spring ... 'They've been hugely entrepreneurial, fearless, and necessarily outspoken over a period of extraordinary transition in Detroit, and they've shown incredible fortitude and vision during that period,' says Brett Egan, president of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland at College Park, which provides training, consultation and other support to hundreds of artists and artistic organizations around the world."

Michael Kaiser on appointment of Maestro van Zweden at the New York Philharmonic

The Wall Street Journal, January 27, 2016

"(Mr. van Zweden) will be officially ensconced in the 2018-2019 season, just before the Philharmonic embarks on the planned $500 million renovation of David Geffen Hall, its home venue at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, starting in 2019 ... With so much on the line, leadership is crucial, said Michael Kaiser, former president of the Kennedy Center and now chairman of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. 'When people are considering making major gifts, they want to know who is going to be in charge,' he said. 'They want to know what the artistic perspective is going to be.'"

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