Culture Crunch: The Recession and the Arts

For arts groups in tough times, there's no bailout in sight

Lynn Saville

How will the show go on?

On their first date, Barack and Michelle Obama went to the Art Institute of Chicago. Back then it was possible for them to go to a museum without attracting much attention. But when Michelle paid a visit to another museum a few weeks ago, people took note. On May 18, the First Lady traveled to New York City to inaugurate the newly refurbished American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Later she moved on to the city's other Met--the Metropolitan Opera House--to celebrate the opening night of the American Ballet Theatre and speak to...

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