On the plus side
After upswing year, arts groups eye challenges, future
Rocky Mountain News
Saturday, February 16, 2008
They’re on a roll: The 13 arts and culture groups surveyed for the seventh annual State of the Arts report combined for attendance of 6.08 million, the highest total since the Rocky started tracking the groups in 2000….
* What went well: The Black Box Theatre showcased serious work in its first full year of programming. Most important was the September arrival of new executive director Gene Sobczak, former executive vice president of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
* Challenges: Attendance and subscriptions suffered a minor dip, which Sobczak attributes to increased performances because of the Black Box. Overwhelmed patrons chose not to renew their subscriptions, and the competing theaters siphoned audience from each other.
* What’s next: Sobczak wants to renew emphasis on development, increasing the department’s staffing. He also hopes to offer online versions of classes such as yoga.