The Kennedy Center received upward of $42 million from the federal government in its last documented fiscal year—a number that represents about a third of its total operating expenses. Among the
taxpayer-supported functions is a public relations machine that consumes about $1 million annually. Curious how the money is used?
One beneficiary is the internship-promotion program. This year, the Kennedy Center sent news outlets a passel of press releases, complete with glossy photos, that feature the most recent crop of Kennedy Center interns.
“We send a press kit to the newspaper(s) in each of the interns’ hometowns,” said Rae Bazzarre, senior press representative for the Kennedy Center, via e-mail. “Getting publicity on the interns is a way to highlight the Kennedy Center’s internship program and encourage young people to pursue a career in the arts.”
Most news organizations have neither the budget nor the inclination to devote precious column inches to the doings of a few arts interns in the District. In the spirit of public service, however, the Washington City Paper has decided to pass along some of the interns’ information. After all, we hate to see tax dollars go to waste.
What You Need to Know—Botnar helps prepare tours for the National Symphony Orchestra and works “compiling information into databases,” among other duties. She earned second place in the Lauriat of Nations Competition for her performance on violin while a student in Moldova and Moscow.
What You Need to Know—Loofbourrow “assists in the planning and coordinating [of a] wide variety of events, including cast parties [and] cultivation dinners.” She “actively participated in volunteer and leadership opportunities” during college, and is the daughter of Steven and Terry Loofbourrow.
What You Need to Know—Hsu “assists with support and outreach to donors by researching new donors and maintaining existing donor relations.” She plans to start a nonprofit dedicated to helping poor artists pursue their dreams; she chose to work at the Kennedy Center “because the arts can help people view the emotional passages of others.”