The Cultural Conversation Heats Up

by Suzanne Calvin

Just in time for the “Firecracker” week of the Fourth and my long-awaited vacation, things decided to heat up significantly both inside and outside the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

It started last week with the release of a University of Chicago study on a variety of newly constructed cultural edifices, including the AT&T Performing Arts Center, followed (a few days later) by the announcement of a Standard and Poor’s downgrade to the center’s credit rating. The back-to-back stories prompted this Independence Day editorial in “The Dallas Morning News.”

A couple of days later, “Dallas Morning News” Classical Music Critic Scott Cantrell weighed-in with his verdict: ATTPAC and TDO may have suffered in years past from a lack of stable and effective leadership, a conclusion that appears to be based (at least in part) on the success story of another resident company, the Dallas Theater Center.  You can read Scott’s piece here and draw your own conclusions.  I have a bone or two to pick but I will keep them to myself.

Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media & PR

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