Rosano said the Clay Center is trying to think outside the box.
"We never want people to think of the Clay Center as just a building, but to think of the Clay Center as a mission," he said.
An example, he said, was the center's recent partnership with Live on the Levee to bring the Campbell Brothers to Haddad Riverfront Park for a free show.
"The results were outstanding. I'm not sure the figures, but I'd put attendance at 2,000 folks," he said - noting that's more than double what the Woody Hawley Series brought in for a full season.
"It was well worth the investment," he said.
Rosano said the Clay Center hoped to find other creative partnerships down the road that would appeal to broader audiences and didn't rule out working with the Woody Hawley Series in some way later.
"We actually proposed a facility rental agreement," he added.
Sowell hopes the Woody Hawley Series returns to the Clay Center eventually, too. A lot of people support the shows, he said, and want them to continue, but he said he'd need to re-evaluate the series.
"I'm going to take a year off and revamp everything," he said. "I'm going to form a board and try to get us on firm financial footing and I hope we come back bigger and better."
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