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Atlanta Coalition of Performing Arts scales back organization

The nonprofit alliance of metro-wide performing arts organizations and professionals, perhaps best known for AtlanTIX, its same-day, half-price ticket sales operation, has fallen prey to economic times. The good news is that AtlanTIX will remain operational, but the organization’s other programs and services are under review.

The following letter was sent to ACPA members just moments ago:

Dear ACPA Member,

Thank you for being a part of Atlanta’s vibrant and resilient performing arts community. Your work inspires us all to be our better selves. We are proud to note that for 26 years, the Atlanta Coalition of Performing Arts (ACPA) has served along side you to support and enhance our shared community.

It is no secret that the arts are feeling the incredible squeeze of the current, very challenging, economic environment. Like many of you, the ACPA has been directly impacted. The board of directors has made some very difficult decisions in an effort to ensure the sustainability of this invaluable asset. We have found it necessary to reduce our administrative operations to one full-time employee and have dissolved the positions of Executive Administrator and Information Technology Manager. We pause to express our gratitude to Jessyca Holland and Joe Winter who served the organization faithfully in their respective positions. We appreciate their years of service and dedication. Marc Gowan continues with the ACPA as Ticket Services Manager.

For the next four to six months, we will be in dialogue with you via town hall discussions and other forums to seek your input on the organization’s future and on our efforts to produce a vibrant, financially viable business model that best reflects the bold and innovative arts community we serve. We will retool the organization accordingly.

At this time, AtlanTIX remains fully functional. All other services of the ACPA are being reviewed to determine the appropriate level of availability during this time of transition. Board and member volunteers will assist in operations on a limited level as needed. While there are a number of details that still need to be finalized, we ask for your continued support as we work through these critical matters necessary to strengthen the financial health of the organization.

The Board of Directors wanted you to hear directly from us regarding the changes that have been put in place. We cannot emphasize enough that we will continue in our efforts to make the Atlanta Coalition the best that it can be. Please keep a listening ear open as we move forward.

Many thanks,
Curtis A. King & Jennifer Bauer-Lyons, Co-Presidents
Al Stilo, Vice President
Barry West, Secretary
Kathy Keeley, Treasurer
Atlanta Coalition of Performing Arts Board of Directors

2 comments Add your comment

Joe McKaughan

April 8th, 2010
5:58 pm

This is a real blow to the arts in Atlanta.

Theresa O'Shea

April 9th, 2010
8:28 am

Jessyca and Joe have done such a wonderful and valued job. This is very sad news for the arts and, even more, for the city.