Austin Arts Scene Drooping

Austin, Texas is frequently cited as the Lone Star State’s cultural oasis, a small city with a legendary music scene and more arts than it knows what to do with. But things are tough all over. Last year, “Austin Lyric Opera fired one of its founding members, the Austin Musical Theatre couldn’t afford to finish its season, and the city slashed arts funding by 33 percent across the board. With these uncontrollable events behind them, the need for adequate performing space persists along with a fierce competition for patrons’ dollars.”