Flynn Center looks toward the future, but what will that future look like?

The Flynn Center was due to start its next season of performing-arts presentations this month.

But like arts presenters around the country, the Burlington venue didn’t even get through its 2019-20 schedule, as the COVID-19 pandemic’s arrival in mid-March shut down large-scale gatherings until who-knows-when. The 2020-21 season, which had been fully booked before the pandemic, has officially been delayed through at least Dec. 31.

Steve MacQueen, artistic director of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, stands outside the Burlington venue Sept. 2, 2020.

Now the state’s largest performing-arts organization is looking not toward who will next take the stage, but how the Flynn itself will survive. Will the Burlington arts center still be there for the thousands of Vermont arts lovers who rely on it to feed their heads, fill their hearts and uplift their spirits?

If and when the Flynn Center does survive the tumult, will it still look like the same organization patrons came to know and love before the pandemic?

Subscribers can read the full story here to find out what leaders at the Flynn are thinking.

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