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Two thirds of Broward's public elementary schools and nearly a third of its middle and high schools will cut their elective programs, including music and art, in half next year due to budget crises. Three elementary schools (Griffin, Sea Castle, and Silver Palms) will eliminate their music programs.

The Broward County Cultural Division has named Taravella High music teacher Neil Jenkins as Arts Teacher of the Year. Jenkins has been a band director for over forty years. A ceremony recognizing Jenkins will be held at the Broward Center on October 20, 2010.

Construction of a new Orlando performing arts center inches forward. Buildings have been demolished to make way for a September groundbreaking. Additionally, the center has received a $1 million gift from former Disney executive Judson Green, bringing the total of private donations for the center to $88 million. Construction of the first phase of the center is expected to be completed in 2013.

Broadway revenue is up despite reduced attendance. Revenue for the 2009-2010 season rose 2 percent over the previous season despite a 3 percent decline in attendance, thanks to premium prices for select seats.


The Immigration Service is delaying approval of a visa for a Chinese dancer. Liang Fu, who has performed with Cincinnati Ballet for two seasons,  has not yet received a visa renewal to perform for the 2010-2011 season. INS is now asking for specific proof that Fu has a substantially higher level of achievement than American dancers.

The Columbus Symphony has outsourced its management. The Columbus Association of Performing Arts (CAPA) will handle the orchestra's finances, ticketing, marketing, and fundraising. CAPA has a similar arrangement with five other organizations, and also operates four theaters that it owns. 


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