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Ohio Arts Groups Merge To Solve Their Budget Woes

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Orchestras, ballet and opera companies across the U.S. have been forced to make cuts to staff and performances — some even facing bankruptcy — during the economic decline. The arts community in Dayton, Ohio, is trying something different. The city's orchestra, opera and ballet are merging into one non-profit entity, sharing staff and costs. Organizers say despite the cultural differences between the three, the new entity can offer audiences new, collaborative programming. They say it can also be a model for other arts organizations across the country that are trying to find new ways to survive.

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