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Washington arts venue gets $10 million
The Kennedy Center in Washington has announced a gift of $10 million to establish a ten-year series named for its donor, Catherine B. Reynolds.

Center chairman James A. Johnson said the gift, which is unrestricted, would be used "specifically for innovative artistic programming."

Kennedy Center president Michael Kaiser called Reynolds' gift "a programmer's dream. So often we are faced with trying to create a wonderful production and having to abandon it or reduce its scope for lack of funding. This now gives us the opportunity to choose projects of the highest quality from a broad spectrum of art forms."

Under the new "Catherine B. Reynolds Series for Artistic Excellence," Kaiser will program one "world-class production" annually at the center. The first, in May, will involve members of the Bolshoi Opera, reports MusicalAmerica.com.

But the Washington Post says the Reynolds gift will undoubtedly undergo special scrutiny from arts funding watchdogs because of the controversy that followed her $38 million donation to the Smithsonian last spring. It is understood that some of the curators at the Smithsonian criticized the involvement of a donor in the development of museum presentations.

Tue Dec 4 2001 (2:38:03 AM)