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January 29, 2016

Blizzard Has a Steep Price Tag for D.C. Arts Groups

Washington, D.C., arts organizations piled up losses in the millions of dollars due to the historic storm that dumped about two feet of snow in and around the city, writes The Washington Post. The extent and timing of the snowfall, which lasted from Friday to Sunday and shut down local roads and transit systems, made it far more damaging for arts groups than most bad weather outbreaks, scuttling weekend performances of numerous popular productions.

The Kennedy Center lost nearly $1 million with 21 theater, ballet, and music performances scuttled. The organization's president, Deborah Rutter, said most of the thousands of ticket-holders for the events will opt for refunds rather than exchanges for future events. Other groups such as Studio Theatre, Signature Theatre, and Arena Stage were scrambling to reschedule performances and patrons where possible. Most venues resumed their regular schedules by Tuesday.