Miami’s Gusman Center threatened with closure
MIAMI, FL – The Gusman Center for the Performing Arts (Olympia Theatre, 1926) may face closure, due to budget cutbacks addressing the city’s estimated $100 million deficit.
Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado proposed elimination of the city’s $478,000 contribution to the Gusman’s $1.4 million annual operating budget. The Friends of Gusman, along with county and state funding, have traditionally provided the rest.
Regalado’s move comes despite the Gusman’s recent $8 million makeover, an uptick in the downtown population, and such popular attractions as the Miami Film Festival and a recent “Twilight” fan event.
A “Text 2 Give” fundraising campaign has begun. Other efforts are detailed at http://gusmancenter.org/support/
The Miami Herald’s article (limited time free view) is here.
This would be such a shame. In a city that has the perception as caring so little about its historic past and lack of preservation of historic buildings, this would just further that perception.