Rockefeller Report Panel

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This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

From card catalog: Colonel S. Rosenbaum and Mr. Daniel Josephs [sic] discuss the Rockefeller Foundation report "Performing Arts - Problems and Prospects." How to involve more people in an interest in performing arts and role of the performing arts in an age of leisure time. Norman Nadler [sic] makes speech about the theater and its importance. Questions and answers.

John Booth introduces program. Explains the Rockefeller report. Introduces Norman Nadel, drama critic of the NY World Telegram. Discusses the importance of the arts to civilization. "The arts are not for the privileged few, but for the many." Introduces Rosenbaum.

Rosenbaum talks about forming a fraternity. The performing arts don't attract a large paying audience. He'd be concerned if the audience became too voluminous. Educators, not entertainers. Has to be maintained by contributions over and above the box office. The box office will not maintain the performing arts. If it does, you're in the entertainment business - not conducting one of the performing arts.

Nadel (?) introduces Josephs, who talks briefly about the report and growing amount of leisure time. Nadel (?) quotes the book.

Panel members are asked what they think is the most urgent consideration in implementing an arts program in the country.

Josephs says to make it easier to perform. Municipal encouragement, corporate support.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 48868
Municipal archives id: T680