Arts leaders can't afford to forget politics

Arts leaders can't afford to forget politics

By Michelle Wright


If ethical questions lead us to pick and choose what is right and wrong from an artistic perspective, or to judge the credentials of our corporate funders, where do we stop? Michelle Wright calls for more debate about the moral high ground of art, in the context of what arts organisations need to do to survive and thrive.

So, who says that nobody is talking about opera? I recently attended the premiere of John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Never before have I been present at an arts event amidst such protest. As the opera’s alleged anti-Semitism took centre stage, armed security guards surrounded the beautiful Met Theatre, and with many protestors both inside and outside the performance, it was a night at the opera unlike any other.

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Resource type: | Published: 2015