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The Miami City Ballet has had its share of difficult headlines of late. Artistic director Edward Villella announced his final season, the organization ran out of cash and its executive director left. But, things seem to be turning around, as Kennedy Center president Michael Kaiser noted in the HuffPost.
Kaiser notes: "Recently I went to a board meeting of the organization where the new artistic director laid out her ambitious plans for next season and for the expansion of the school, the new executive director reviewed anticipated changes to marketing and fundraising strategies, a budget was approved for the next fiscal year without much fanfare and a marketing partnership with the Miami Heat was unveiled. Oh, and Nutcracker ticket sales were $150,000 higher than last year and an upcoming gala in Palm Beach had outsold last year and ticket sales for the next two sets of performances were outselling last year as well. Special gifts of $7 million had also been received."
Kaiser cites "many heroes in this epic drama," including Knight Foundation, one of "several major funders" that "stepped up to fund the turnaround plan."