June 13, 2005

The first thing I thought when I learned of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s plan to raise $500 million over the next 10 years was something along the lines of, “Wait a minute. What about the Barnes Foundation, the Please Touch Museum, the (proposed) Calder Museum, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Opera Company, the Free Library, and the Kimmel Center? Aren’t they already shaking the trees in one of the most massive collective (figurately, at least) fund-raising efforts in city history?”

Well, yes, they -- and other institutions -- are pretty much engaged in just that, as Peter Dobrin explains in “Worrying About Arts Funding,” in Sunday’s Philadelphia Inquirer, an article that’s rather striking for the lack of consensus among leaders of the city’s cultural institutions as to whether all this is a good thing or a bad thing.


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