Symmes Township Historical Society ($100,000);
Huntington Park Baseball Stadium ($7 million); Lincoln Theater and King Arts Complex($1.5 million); Franklin Park Conservatory ($1 million); BalletMet ($250,000); Columbus College of Art andDesign ($250,000);
Sauder Village ($1.2 million);
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra ($3 million); Riverfront Park on The Banks ($2 million);Cincinnati Zoo ($1 million); Jewish Community Center ($750,000); Clifton Cultural Arts Center ($250,000);
Kenyon College Horvitz Center ($900,000); and
MLS Soccer Stadium ($3 million);
Leadership changes continue at Ohio’s cultural venues.
In the past year, 16 cultural institutions have had toreplace or prepare for the pending departure of their top executive, including at the Beck Center for the Arts,Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Ballet Center, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Cleveland Museum of Art,Cleveland Institute of Music, Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati), COSI Columbus, Dayton Art Institute, NationalUnderground Railroad Freedom Center, Taft Museum of Art, Stambaugh Auditorium, Reese–Peters House, ProFootball Hall of Fame, Westcott House and the Western Reserve Historical Society. This follows a national trenddocumented by CompassPoint’s 2001 and 2006 studies on non-profit leadership, both of which found that 75% ofnon-profit executive directors planned to leave their organizations within five years. The trend also appears to be areflection of the corporate world. The Oct. 30 issue of
reports 1,112 corporate chief executiveshave left their positions this year, including those at Ford Motor Company, Kraft Foods, Nike and RadioShack. Thetotal is on pace to exceed last year’s record 1,322 exits.
In an effort to promote Issue 18, the local cigarette tax on the November 7 ballot to fund the arts in GreaterCleveland and Cuyahoga County, 17 area arts and cultural organizations offered events at no cost orreduced rates on October 18.
The aim of the day’s performances was to show voters a sample of GreaterCleveland’s arts and culture in an effort to gain support for the ballot issue. Issue 18, which calls for a tax of 30cents per cigarette pack, is expected to raise more than $20 million annually for arts and cultural organizations if itpasses.
Commission Executive Director Kathy Fox is one of 12 central Ohio “Women YouShould Know”
featured in the Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD)2007 calendar. Commission member Julie Kunkel was featured in the inaugural WELDcalendar in 2005. The 2007 calendar will be premiered at a reception on November 8 at theRebecca Ibel Gallery at Miranova in Columbus. Please contact Kathy if you are interested inattending.
As reported by Commission Assistant Director/COO Dave Wartel at the August 2006meeting, staff resources are being redirected to fund an additionalprojectanalyst/manager
. This will be accomplished through consolidation.
Annie Fullerton, currentlegal and executive assistant, has been planning for retirement and has selected the end of the calendar year asher target date. Support staff work will be consolidated into a single position,administrative coordinator.
OHIO HISTORICAL SOCIETY NEWS
The Ohio Historical Society’s Board of Trustees elected its officers for 2006-2007:
Dr. Richard Ruppert ofToledo as president; David Baker of Marietta and Jon Elsasser of Zoar as vice-presidents; Marian Vance ofSpringfield as secretary; and Robert Jeffrey of Columbus as treasurer.
Akron Art Museum:
The $40 million addition to the museum, scheduled to open July 15, 2007, will be named theJohn S. and James L. Knight Building. The Knight Foundation has contributed $6 million toward the construction,including a $2 million grant announced in October. The state of Ohio’s $7.7 million in capital bill appropriations topsthe list of major contributions to the museum’s capital campaign that is funding the addition. The Commission hasreimbursed the project more than $5.7 million to date.