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Local Arts Organizations to Join Forces

Three major Dayton arts organizations are making an unusual move to merge under a single management structure.

The Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra are forming the Dayton Performing Alliance.  The new nonprofit organization announced it will have one board of directors and three artistic directors.

Leaders from the individual organizations say it could boost artistic collaboration and may be a model for arts groups elsewhere to consider.

Industry officials say it may be a precedent-setting decision.  Douglas Sonntag of the National Endowment for the Arts tells the Dayton Daily News that it's common for such arts groups in Europe to be part of one operation, but the Dayton model is different because it will retain multiple artistic directors.