Suburban Arts Groups Struggle As Economy Worsens

“Orchestras, theaters, museums and other arts organizations in the nation’s suburbs face the challenge to attract customers — and donors — from the same population going to the Chicago Symphony, the Smithsonian or Broadway plays. With the recession cutting into corporate and government funding and making Americans cautious about their spending, the groups are working harder to promote their small-town advantages — especially an easier commute and cheaper ticket prices.”