ACLO up in the air?
I want to tell you about an emerging story regarding one of Alameda’s biggest cultural institutions, the Alameda Civic Light Opera. Sounds like years of bad economic times have caught up with them, resulting in the cancellation of their children’s summer camp and questions about the status of their 2010 season.
A reader checked in earlier this week to say they’d tried to contact the nonprofit arts organization but their e-mail bounced out of a full mailbox and the phone number was disconnected. I called ACLO’s box office, and the number was indeed disconnected.
ACLO’s press person, Chris De Seguirant, confirmed the arts institution has fallen on hard times. She said its ACLO Kids summer camp is canceled, and that its 2010 season, which has not yet been announced, is “up in the air.”
De Seguirant said the theater company has shut down its box office and has been selling its things (they just had a sale on March 7). “We’re trying to consolidate,” she said.
De Seguirant said ACLO lost a lot of grants and funding they were dependent on last year. A 2008 tax return filed last June showed ACLO running a $62,014 deficit at the end of that year.
The company has put on 40 shows since its inception in 1997, plus concerts, camps and more. I’ll keep you posted if I find out more, but in the meantime, if you want to help out, there’s a donation button on the main page of ACLO’s website.