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Review of State-Owned Cultural Properties: Ringling Museum of Art and Coconut Grove Playhouse, Report No. 96-71, March 1997
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  • State ownership of cultural properties is warranted for sites that are accessible to the public and provide unique programs with a statewide impact.
  • The state should retain ownership of the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. The Ringling Museum includes a valuable art collection and historic properties accessible to the public with free admissions to Florida students and teachers. In addition, the art galleries are free to the general public on Saturdays. The Museum attracts two-thirds of its visitors from outside the local area.
  • The Legislature may wish to consider alternatives to state control of the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami. While the Playhouse provides valued cultural programs, its productions primarily serve a local audience and public access is limited by the costs of theater tickets ($20 to $40 per play).
  • The Department of State does not routinely collect information to evaluate the benefits and impacts of the Ringling Museum and the Coconut Grove Playhouse.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 98-79 DOS Developing Ringling Museum Measures; No Action Taken on Coconut Grove Playhouse, published in May 1999.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of State
Cultural Affairs

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