AFSCME Local 60 - Municipal & School District Employees of Dane County

Overture foundation eager to make takeover work, while mayor mulls new direction

Speaking out for the first time since Mayor Paul Soglin predicted the city's premier arts facility will "crash and burn," the leaders of Overture Center insist the center has a robust future.
From increased ticket sales to broader community involvement, the transition to a private, nonprofit operator and owner is proceeding as planned, officials said.
"I think if you look at the facts ... we're going to be around for a long time," said Deirdre Garton, chairwoman of the Overture Center Foundation, which will take over operations on Jan. 1, 2012.
Soglin is sticking to his criticism, saying the foundation already missed some deadlines, is running into higher-than-anticipated costs for information technology and is relying on overly optimistic revenue projections from Broadway shows.
The mayor argues no organization can run Overture — seen by some as too big for Madison — without first making a comprehensive study of the city's arts needs and audiences, the building and the potential for long-term fundraising.

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