Ballet

The arts are desperately underfunded in this country, and programs big and small rely on philanthropy to stay afloat. Ballet companies rarely earn enough income to break even, so philanthropy is essential to their continuation. While this is a less-than-ideal way to scrape by, we (readers and staff) all probably agree that it's worth the fundraising hustle in order to keep seeing and presenting great art. In the meantime we can work to change the way art is funded in the U.S.

Published November 24, 2009
Sixteen-year-old Bart Cowperthwaite is a student at Academy of Colorado Ballet with a serious competitive streak. On top of performing when needed in the main company’s larger productions, he competes almost monthly with the school’s Aspirations troupe. He has won several top awards, including M…more »