Las Vegas' Cultural Community Suffering

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Hard times are putting a strain on a less
well-known side of Las Vegas: its cultural community.

With the Las Vegas Art Museum closing last month, other fixtures
of the arts community are taking a closer look at the bottom line.

Last week, the Nevada Ballet Theatre announced it was reducing
the company from 31 to 22 dancers, laying off several
administrative staff members and leaving three positions unfilled.

The Las Vegas Philharmonic canceled its traditional July 4
program, but will maintain its slate of other concerts.

Nevada Opera Theatre hasn't tied itself to a set season of
performances and has cut back on guest performers. When it
performs, it's at smaller, less expensive venues.

The 32-year-old Las Vegas Little Theatre, the city's oldest
community theater, is not doing major productions that have no shot
of making money back.

As for the Las Vegas Art Museum, its board has retained the name
and brands the closure "a hibernation," with hopes of reopening
when the economy rebounds.

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