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Author:  ncgnet [ Sun Aug 05, 2007 7:37 am ]
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An editorial in the Boston Globe:
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Tough times at Citi Center
THERE NEEDS to be a course correction at the Citi Performing Arts Center. The nonprofit center has suffered from financial troubles and made tin-eared decisions that have cut programming and raised questions about its operations. Center president Josiah Spaulding is at least part of the problem. Now it falls to the center’s board of directors to figure out how to move the organization toward greater transparency as well as prosperity.

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Author:  LMCtech [ Mon Aug 06, 2007 11:40 am ]
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I agree with this editorial. Some major priority shifts need to happen.

Author:  ncgnet [ Fri Aug 10, 2007 6:47 am ]
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From Geoff Edgers in the Boston Globe:
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Struggling Citi Center seeks collaborations
The Citi Performing Arts Center has launched talks with .... local arts and culture groups with the aim of merging or partnering with them.
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Martha H. Jones, president of the Celebrity Series of Boston, also has questions. For a decade, she and Spaulding collaborated to bring prominent dance companies to the Wang Theatre. Last fall, Spaulding told Jones the Center would no longer partner with the Celebrity Series for the project.

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Author:  LMCtech [ Fri Aug 10, 2007 11:44 am ]
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Hmmm, interesting approach, but the devil is in the details as they say. I would hate to see any smaller organization get screwed by the obvious skewed priorities of this big organization.

Author:  ncgnet [ Wed Aug 22, 2007 8:04 pm ]
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from Geoff Edgers in the Boston Globe: Citi Center defends spending
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The Citi Performing Arts Center, responding to criticism of its spending practices and the decision to cut back its free Shakespeare run on Boston Common, yesterday sent a more than 1,200-word letter from its board to supporters, donors, and media members defending its practices.

Author:  LMCtech [ Thu Aug 23, 2007 11:00 am ]
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They doth protest too much.

If you have to resort to letters to defend your practices, maybe you should re-examine your practices.

Author:  ncgnet [ Sat Aug 25, 2007 9:28 am ]
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From Geoff Edgers in the Boston Globe:
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AG looks into Citi Center’s spending
Scrutiny grows over operations

The attorney general’s office is looking into practices at the Citi Performing Arts Center ....

Citi Center Board chairman John William Poduska Sr. met this week with a representative of Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office after being contacted, the center confirmed. It was unclear whether the attorney general intends to launch a full investigation, and Coakley’s office would neither confirm nor deny the status of an inquiry.

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As reported in the article, representatives of various state agencies are now questioning if the money they allocate to Citi Center is being spent appropriately...

Author:  ncgnet [ Wed Sep 12, 2007 7:24 am ]
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From Geoff Edgers in the Business section of the Boston Globe:
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Arts groups get $16.7m from state for projects
Citi Center request is tabled due to concern about its spending

In a move hailed by arts leaders across Massachusetts, the state’s new Cultural Facilities Fund yesterday allocated an unprecedented $16.7 million worth of grants for building projects to more than 60 arts and cultural organizations throughout the state. But noticeably absent from the list of recipients was the Citi Performing Arts Center.

The grants stem from last year’s vote by the Legislature to create the Cultural Facilities Fund to spur economic growth via improvements to the state’s cultural infrastructure.

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Author:  LMCtech [ Wed Sep 12, 2007 11:10 am ]
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Interesting. Are they sending a message? Or does that facility not need money for building?

Author:  ncgnet [ Thu Sep 13, 2007 6:34 am ]
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According to the article:
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The initial MCC panel voted earlier this summer to give the Citi Performing Arts Center (formerly the Wang Center for the Performing Arts) $600,000. But in August, after the Globe reported on programming cutbacks, financial struggles, and the decision to give president Josiah Spaulding Jr. a $1.2 million bonus, the Citi Center grant was tabled by an advisory committee.


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[Robert L. Culver, president and chief executive of MassDevelopment] said that the Citi Center grant, which would have been used to update the fire alarm systems at the Shubert Theatre and add accessible bathrooms at the Wang Theatre, was tabled because of concerns over the Citi Center's spending practices.

"If there are such questions out there, we said, let's just suspend judgment until we find out if where there's smoke, there's fire," Culver said, adding that there is a chance the grant could be approved later this year.

Author:  LMCtech [ Thu Sep 13, 2007 10:48 am ]
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Ahhh, clearly a statement. Good for them. Do the Bostonites think this will change anything a Citi Center?

Author:  ncgnet [ Thu Sep 27, 2007 6:26 am ]
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From Geoff Edgers in the Boston Globe:
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Two rebuffs for Citi Center in its merger talks
First Night and Young Audiences of Massachusetts ... have formally cut off talks with the Citi Center.

In explaining the decision by their respective boards, leaders of the organizations cited a range of concerns, from the $1.2 million bonus paid to Citi Center president and CEO Josiah Spaulding Jr. last year to the impact that bad publicity from a series of Globe articles about the Center could have on fund-raising.

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Author:  LMCtech [ Thu Sep 27, 2007 10:46 am ]
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Hmmm, things are not going well for them.

Out of curiosity, where does the ballet perform now? Didn't they used to perform at the then Wang Center?

Author:  ncgnet [ Thu Sep 27, 2007 3:21 pm ]
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Boston Ballet still performs at the Wang, now called something like Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theater. The Shubert is the other theater in the arts center, but after experimenting with some performances there for a year or two all BB performances are back at the Wang. With the notable exception of Nutcracker, which is performed at the Opera Center since Spaulding and crew chose to have the traveling Rockettes and another production alternate at the Wang instead of the ballet during the holiday season.

I've been told, though I don't know if it is true, that Boston Ballet is the only major US ballet company that doesn't perform in a "purpose built" theater - that is, one designed for dance. It would be wonderful to have a new, accessible theater for dance, but it probably won't happen in my lifetime. Meanwhile, regardless of what we might think about the Citi PAC management, we have to hope the Wang stays viable.

Author:  LMCtech [ Fri Sep 28, 2007 11:30 am ]
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That is not true.

San Francisco Ballet performs in the SF Opera House which was designed with opera in mind and NYCB performs in the NY State Theater which also was originally designed to house opera.

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