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World-Class Arts?

OPB | July 1, 2009 9 a.m. | Updated: Sept. 10, 2013 8:54 p.m.

Oregon Ballet Theater's principal dancers Yuka Iino and Ronnie Underwood in Christopher Stowell's Swan Lake. Photo by Ben Kerns. None

Ballet fans cheered when the Oregon Ballet Theatre raised the $750,000 it needed to dance another year. But OBT isn’t out of the woods by any means.  And it’s not the only large arts organization feeling the pain of the down economy. How important are these larger cultural institutions in the greater arts scene in Oregon? Do we need “world class” arts organizations in order for arts as a whole to thrive?

Are you an artist, dancer or musician? Do you attend arts events? Have you cut back, or increased, your donations to major arts organizations during the recession? What would your experience be like if Oregon didn’t have as many large-scale arts organizations?

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