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Tag: Pantages Theater


TACOMA: Pantages policy will harm hometown group

Re: “New policy will limit ballet, open stage for different shows” (TNT, 6-2).

It is obvious that the plan to limit consecutive weekly bookings of the Pantages Theater does harm to Ballet Tacoma. Of the many resident companies that use the Pantages venue, Ballet Tacoma is the single company that books the theater for two weeks or more in December for its wonderful productions of “The Nutcracker” ballet.

Ballet Tacoma is a cultural value to our community. The company has not only provided excellent productions for decades, it has hosted “Nutcracker” school performances for years for kids who are

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BUDGET: Arts fuel economies, communities

Clearly, easy budget cuts are history and we are looking at painful cuts to vital services at every level – federal, state and local. But before we dismiss cultural programs like public radio and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) – what The News Tribune agrees are “nice-to-haves” (We agree, 3-3), let’s take a little closer look at two local examples of the ramifications of NEA support.

Small grants from the NEA Folk Arts Program led to the opening of the Commencement Bay Maritime Center in 1995. The once-deserted warehouse is now the highly successful Foss Waterway Seaport and

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