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Thursday, April 21, 2011

You may have read in The Washington Post that The Washington Ballet, like many other arts organizations in D.C., has been significantly affected by the recent cutbacks in government funding. While the government may not have shut down, it did essentially shut down its support of arts in the District of Columbia.

The Post incorrectly stated that The Washington Ballet does not qualify for funding through the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs—we do, and we rely on it. Though final determinations are still to be announced, we expect to receive less than 30% of the grant money we have previously received from this source. That could result in a $250,000 hole in our budget. This directly affects the sustainability and excellence of TWB’s programming, training and community engagement programs —our ability to bring you innovative new pieces that contribute to the future canon of American ballet, the dramatic athleticism and artistry of our dancers, as well as the next generation of dancers through the DanceDC program and internationally-recognized school.

The Washington Ballet celebrates cultural excellence through dance at both the national and international level. Even if Congress cannot recognize this important contribution to the American soul, we hope that you do.

Please consider a contribution to help ensure that future. Click here to donate now.

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