Mayor’s Creative Edge Initiative Coincides with
Sacramento Ballet’s Succession Plans
City finally understands what Ballet has said for years: “Art makes a city thrive”
Sacramento – As the region defines its future regarding arts, culture and a drive toward a creative economy through Mayor Steinberg’s Creative Edge initiative, the Sacramento Ballet is defining its own future.
“The Mayor’s initiative fuses perfectly with the ballet’s already deep understanding of how important it is to bring art to the community in a variety of forms,” says Andrew Roth, the Sacramento Ballet’s new board president, and the benefits and services executive officer at CalSTRS.
The Ballet already hosts open rehearsals, hospital and school presentations and educational events, and runs the School of the Sacramento Ballet, now serving more than 400 students.
“Presenting creative experiences at many levels is the lane we are in and pursuing at the Ballet,” added Roth. “And so is the city. Just the fact that Sacramento is orchestrating the Creative Edge process is a win for the region. There is already substantial evidence that performing arts organizations add to both the growth of the creative class and to the growth of urban economies.”
The Ballet sees a full package of programs, performances, education and community outreach continuing to grow in the coming years, and a new slate of nationally acclaimed teachers, directors and executives ready to oversee all of it come July 2018.
Coincidentally, Roth and the entire new management and creative team are all former professional dancers. The new executive director Anthony Krutzkamp is a former principal with the Cincinnati Ballet; the Ballet School of Sacramento landed a former Joffrey Ballet prima ballerina, Maia Wilkins as principal of the school; and the appointment of Amy Seiwert as the Ballet’s artistic director for the company’s 2018-19 season was a hometown win. She danced with the Sacramento Ballet from 1991-1999.
The company is looking forward to Seiwert’s artistic vision blending with its strategic plans to bring growth to the Ballet and nurture more engagement with the Sacramento community.
How the Creative Edge initiative will intertwine with the Ballet’s plans will become clearer when the city releases its findings from several town hall meetings this winter. Such topics as arts education, cultural tourism, arts and culture funding, access and equity, neighborhood engagement, artist support and how all that activity spurs a for-profit creative economy have been discussion points at the meetings so far.
The Sacramento Ballet’s mission is to operate a professional resident ballet company for the Sacramento region with performances of the highest quality. The artistic vision of the Ballet is dedicated to developing and sustaining an informed, enthusiastic and broad-based audience for dance and the performing arts, while increasing accessibility to the arts for the entire community.
The Sacramento Ballet’s education and outreach efforts have focused on working with students who are educationally at risk, and on providing encouragement, enrichment, and role models to Sacramento’s youth. The purpose of the Ballet has always been to entertain, educate, inspire, and engage audiences through the powerful vehicle of dance. For tickets and more information about the Sacramento Ballet, visit www.sacballet.com