Paper To Pols: Bail Out The Ballet

Ballet Arizona needs $380,000 in operating funds to make it through this season, in which the company has been homeless as Phoenix’s Symphony Hall undergoes a remodeling. And though Arizona is generally a fiscally conservative place, the state’s largest newspaper is calling for both public and private money to be directed to the ballet, which has mounted an impressive fiscal turnaround in recent years. “The Phoenix metropolitan area is growing up, ready to be a player on the world economic stage. For that role, we need stellar groups like Arizona Ballet… In the long term, we must develop a sturdier financial base for the arts in this region.”

Source: Arizona Republic - 05/25/05