A cultural icon of our past is in financial trouble and its future is threatened.
The Mount Baker Theatre needs help
from government pockets(story, June 17 Herald). Or does it?
In 1995 the National Endowment for the Arts slashed
funding to Pacific Northwest Ballet. PNB tried to get funding from other sources but failed. We had to either slash the
budget or make up the shortfall. Our membership responded with enthusiasm and we conducted several highly successful fund-raising
PNB became lean and mean in eliminating unnecessary frills but maintained it's commitment to excellence
in ballet. On Oct. 15, I attended PNB's performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The performance captivated
my heart and the audience responded with round after round of applause.
PNB went on to New York City where it received
a standing ovation. More than a year of hard work and dedication was rewarded. My pride in being a part of this success
Mount Baker Theatre needs to become lean and mean in its approach to spending. It needs to involve
the community in raising money through private means and to become less reliant on public support.
Sheila L Richardson