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Harriet Lake, Orlando's grande dame, gives $5 million more to the Orlando Ballet to get the ball rolling on the conversion of the old Orlando Youth Center to the ballet's new headquarters.

Also in the works are improvements to make Loch Haven a little more pedestrian-friendly (which it desperately needs.)


http://bit.ly/2J4C117

From the Sentinel

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what's gonna happen to the old Orlando Ballet Building at Orange & Magnolia?

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7 minutes ago, jrs2 said:

what's gonna happen to the old Orlando Ballet Building at Orange & Magnolia?

I think OUC and the city are still trying to figure that out (did OUC ever transfer ownership to Orlando? I can't remember.) There are lots of awesome possibilities - I hope they go big.

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Smileguy and Boomer might know more about this (I'm afraid ballet isn't my thing) but it seems like OBC has had a bear of a time just getting stable. Hopefully, a permanent building might help in settling things down.

OTOH, Orlando has been infamous for having an Edifice Complex when it comes to the arts. We build lots of buildings but fall short on the endowments that build true stability. Here's hoping.

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Honestly, any criticism of the Orlando Ballet right now rings hollow and uninformed to me. They almost closed down a couple years ago. It’s been an almost miraculous turn around and there’s been wholesale changes in leadership. For the first time in forever, the future of the ballet seems secure. 

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On ‎5‎/‎26‎/‎2018 at 6:13 AM, spenser1058 said:

Harriet Lake, Orlando's grande dame, gives $5 million more to the Orlando Ballet to get the ball rolling on the conversion of the old Orlando Youth Center to the ballet's new headquarters.

Also in the works are improvements to make Loch Haven a little more pedestrian-friendly (which it desperately needs.)


http://bit.ly/2J4C117

From the Sentinel

Interesting tidbits: "Ballet representatives said they hope to have the new facility open by late next year...The new building will replace the Loch Haven Neighborhood Center..."

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Yeah its even mentioned in that article. Seems like a big deal but I don't deal with stuff like this so maybe he just gives them a few mill to go away and thats it. Seems like it would make it hard to do other deals though.

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On 5/27/2018 at 7:45 PM, leondecollao said:

Honestly, any criticism of the Orlando Ballet right now rings hollow and uninformed to me. They almost closed down a couple years ago. It’s been an almost miraculous turn around and there’s been wholesale changes in leadership. For the first time in forever, the future of the ballet seems secure. 

They've done a lot of great things, are much stronger than they have been in years (perhaps since they rose out of the ashes of Southern Ballet). They hired Michael Kaiser of the Kennedy Center, who has a track record of turning around struggling organizations (locally, he also recently completed the strategic plan for Orlando Philharmonic.) The ballet is investing heavily in aggressive marketing and building out community programs, and have a ticket pricing strategy that maximizes revenue (not selling the cheapest seats, while adding more performances with premium options.  Artistically, quality has been uneven, but I think having their financial house in order will help. The recent performance of Jessica Lang’s From Foreign Lands and People, and the collaboration with Sisuandra Lewis and with the Bach Festival have all been successful. My husband and I, in our small way, have stepped up to the $1.5 Million challenge match from the Leddens, and are excited for the future of the company. After working for years and years in makeshift spaces, this purpose-built facility will be a great improvement. 

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In addition to the Pulse Memorial and Museum, the TDT's ARC recommended a grant of $4M for Orlando Ballet for Harriett's Orlando Ballet Center.   My understanding is that before she died, Harriett got the word of several other local philanthropists to ensure that this project would have the funding to be successful. 

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I guess it fits in here but Florida’s Hospital is rebranding to AdventHealth.   They’ve applied to update all their signage around the campus. 

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