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Arts Groups Try To Weather Economic Storm

Massachusetts' arts organizations are sharing survival strategies during the economic crisis.

Representatives from theater, music, dance and museums gathered at the Boston Foundation to explore the recession's impact on the arts.

They'll need new funding models as they gird themselves to make do with less grant money.

Ben Cameron of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation positions the arts as a part of the solution to the nation's economic crisis.

"We will employ significant numbers, of artists yes," Cameron says, "but of carpenters and electricians and caterers and more."

Cameron says the arts sector will receive $50 million through the federal stimulus package — not nearly enough to help struggling organizations.

This program aired on March 25, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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