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UPDATE: Due to a last-minute change in schedule, Rocco Landesman no longer can attend. Marjorie Garber, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English and of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, where she is also chair of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, will now join the morning panel.

It is difficult to find funding for the arts in the best of times, when the economy is comparatively robust; in a time of recession, it is even more difficult. The aim of this symposium is to explore the current state of the arts in our country and to consider how most effectively to manage our increasingly limited resources. As the role of the university in the arts becomes more and more significant, we think it appropriate that a university provide the forum for this discussion. Our hope is that we will come away from this occasion with a clearer sense of the "ecology of the arts," a sense based on the perspectives and insights of artists, artistic directors, arts administrators and arts advocates. We are confident that the better we understand the problems, some of them inextricably tangled up with the nation's economic and political systems, the better we will be able to find ways to solve them.

 Paul Muldoon                            
    Chair, Lewis Center for the Arts

This symposium will feature panels and discussions with artists, representatives from national arts organizations and advocacy groups, and scholars.

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Panels & Discussions

· Meta-Views: The Economic Crisis and America’s “Art Ecology”
· Taking Measure: The Practice of the Arts in Hard Times
· Art in the Time of Crisis: Arts Inventing Culture 
 

Participants include:

Laura Aswad
Homi K. Bhabha
Randall Bourscheidt
Oskar Eustis
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Rocco Landesman
Robert Lynch
Susan Marshall
Toni Morrison
Paul Muldoon
Jordan Roth
Peter Sellars
Wu Han
Julían Zugazagoitia

Real Arts and Culture
Harvard University
Alliance for the Arts
The Public Theater
LAByrinth Theater Company
National Endowment for the Arts
Americans for the Arts
Susan Marshall & Company
Princeton University
Princeton University
Jujamcyn Theaters
University of California, Los Angeles
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
El Museo del Barrio

This symposium is sponsored by the Lewis Center for the Arts / Performance Central

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