Complacency – Enemy Of Art?

Leaders of Hartford’s arts institutions get together to talk about the challenges their organizations face. “I think I see a widening complacency on the part of a big chunk of our audience. Not the best of our audience, which remains smart, risk-taking and just as ambitious in their own way as we try to be as the leaders of arts agencies. But I see a creeping complacency. Maybe it’s a taking for granted of the uniqueness of so many wonderful institutions in this town. Increasingly I fear that our audiences don’t know how good they have it, living in a place like this. I don’t think [the public] gets it the way they used to in the 1930s [up until the] early ’80s. That’s what I’m worried about because that will affect all of us.”