Howdy, readers. I hope you’ve enjoyed the holiday weekend. In the next month I’ll be putting together a column that rounds up the biggest arts stories of 2012.
There’s certainly some obvious candidates:
- In October, Taubman Museum of Art founders and big donors Nick Taubman and Heywood Fralin took over the museum’s board of directors in a friendly coup, and president and CEO David Mickenberg resigned. The first act of the new administration was to make museum admission free for everyone.
- A trend of arts organizations shutting down or dismissing their employees and becoming all-volunteer. The former include Studio Roanoke, Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre and The Shadowbox Cinema, the latter include Arts Council of the Blue Ridge and Theater at Lime Kiln.
- The renovations of Center in the Square have continued to build anticipation as Mill Mountain Theatre and the museums of science, history, and African-American culture prepare to move into new spaces, but also controversy as the downtown nonprofit’s relationship with its best-known restaurant tenant, Roanoke Weiner Stand, erupted in a public dispute.
What did you think of these stories, and what are your suggestions? I’d love to hear them.