Kaiser leav­ing KenCen for Mary­land sooner

The Washington Times Daily - - Metro - BY BRETT ZONGKER

An arts man­age­ment train­ing pro­gram at the Kennedy Center that’s funded by one of the center’s largest do­na­tions will move to the Univer­sity of Mary­land next year, along with the center’s out­go­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive, the two in­sti­tu­tions an­nounced Wed­nes­day.

Kennedy Center Pres­i­dent Michael Kaiser tells The As­so­ci­ated Press he plans to join the univer­sity as a pro­fes­sor and will leave the arts center four months ear­lier than his con­tract was set to end. Mr. Kaiser will lead the DeVos In­sti­tute of Arts Man­age­ment at Mary­land’s flag­ship univer­sity in Col­lege Park, and he hopes to launch a mas­ter’s de­gree pro­gram in arts man­age­ment.

Mr. Kaiser had planned to step down as Kennedy Center pres­i­dent at the end of 2014 and re­main at the center to lead the arts man­age­ment pro­gram through 2017.

“It be­came clear to us ... that we re­ally wanted to grow this in­sti­tute faster,” Mr Kaiser said. “There were cer­tain re­sources we would need — for ex­am­ple the ac­cess to the kinds of fac­ulty you would have at a univer­sity.”

The arts man­age­ment in­sti­tute will be part of an ex­pand­ing arts pro­gram at Mary­land, said Univer­sity Pres­i­dent Wal­lace Loh. The univer­sity also is in talks with the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Wash­ing­ton on a pos­si­ble part­ner­ship, which would fur­ther ex­pand the school’s pres­ence in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal.

The DeVos In­sti­tute will still main­tain a re­la­tion­ship with the Kennedy Center and may host joint pro­grams. The pro­gram op­er­ates with a $6 mil­lion an­nual bud­get. It is funded in part by a $22.5 mil­lion gift in 2010 from Dick and Betsy DeVos of Michi­gan, which was the Kennedy Center’s largest gift at the time. The in­sti­tute is also funded by fees charged to con­sult­ing clients and sup­port from the Ford Foun­da­tion, Bloomberg Phi­lan­thropies and the Knight Foun­da­tion.

The bulk of the Kennedy Center’s $26 mil­lion ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram will re­main, which fo­cuses on out­reach to chil­dren in all 50 states and teach­ers. Of the center’s $200 mil­lion an­nual bud­get, about 3 per­cent is mov­ing to the univer­sity, Kaiser said.

Mr. Loh said the in­sti­tute will be based in the Col­lege of Arts and Hu­man­i­ties and at the school’s Clarice Smith Per­form­ing Arts Center.

“The Univer­sity of Mary­land is very, very strong in the sciences and engineering,” he said. “I have al­ways wanted to ex­pand its strengths in the area of the arts, and here is one small step in that di­rec­tion.”

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