Sunday, January 5, 2003

Lobbyist Weiland

Shaping culture in 2003

Dick Weiland uses his fund-raising tentacles to reach out to the statehouse and White House.

Though his suit is usually rumpled, his necktie askew and his pockets stuffed with crumpled papers, Dick Weiland, 73, is the biggest powerbroker at any arts fund-raiser in town.

The Ohio lobbyist raises millions of dollars for Cincinnati's arts organizations, as well as for Jewish and social service organizations, hospitals and nursing homes. His political clout reaches from the Governor's Mansion all the way to the White House.

Money matters, when it comes to designing Cincinnati's riverfront (Port of Cincinnati Development Authority), putting up a museum dedicated to the Underground Railroad (National Underground Railroad Freedom Center), getting noticed in the New York Times arts pages (American Classical Music Hall of Fame) or exhibiting St. Peter and the Vatican: Legacy of the Popes next year at Cincinnati Museum Center - all Mr. Weiland's clients.

The nonprofit boards he helps are too numerous to count.

Mr. Weiland raised an unprecedented $1.8 million for Hebrew Union College, enabling HUC to become the first Jewish seminary to have a Center for Holocaust Education.

25 forces that will shape culture in 2003
1. The big economic squeeze
2. Clear Channel's dominance
3. Suburbanites: Will they roam?
4. The plea for racial healing
5. The media's message
6. A whole new ball game
7. Edgy art center opening
8. Tall Stacks rolls back
9. Will tourists go home happy?
10. How Fine Arts Fund carries clout
11. You can't fight City Hall
12. Laura Long: Downtown force
13. The CSO's growing empire
14. Rosenthals' big impact
15. Northern Kentucky development
16. Museum Center's main man
17. Lobbyist Weiland
18. UC at crossroads
19. The Nederlanders make a comeback
20. MidPoint: Rebuild the city on rock 'n' roll
21. The Schuster Center alternative
22. Another public art project goes to bat
23. The brain drain
24. Local film community gains focus
25. Dancing around visa problems
The wild card of 2003: War
2003 dates to keep in mind

DEMALINE: The arts
KENDRICK: Alive & Well
Get to it!