Michael Goldberg has resigned from the Overture Center for the Arts, a new $205-million complex in downtown Madison that is the state's largest arts presenter.
Goldberg, who has been the center's interim director, announced his resignation Tuesday night in a letter to the Madison Cultural Arts District board, which oversees the operations of the Overture Center.
Goldberg will leave Overture on Jan. 12, just three days before Tom Carto -- who beat out the internal candidate Goldberg for the top post vacated by Bob D'Angelo -- takes over the reins of the center.
With the arrival of Carto, a 49-year-old arts administrator from Mansfield, Ohio, Goldberg was slated to return to his position as vice-president and take a significant pay cut. Sources close to the matter said that Goldberg was leaving in part as a protest against the fact that Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz didn't choose him as direstor. Goldberg ran the organization after D'Angelo resigned amid accusations of financial wrongdoing and sexual impropriety.
This fall, even Cieslewicz -- who said he was impressed by Carto's ability to raise money -- admitted in a meeting with the editorial board of The Capital Times that he was surprised by the strength and number of the reactions against his choice.
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This problem emanated from the same play book as the disastrous handling of the manganese in Madison's water supply. To quote the Mayor, "out of sight, out of mind."
Any leader, mayor or CEO must know when to attend meetings and when to send aides. He must get a feel for the situation from reports, or better yet from personal observation.Ã‚Â This mayor's schedule reveals virtually no contact with arts community - which previously led to the the disastrous handling of the Overture refinancing a year ago.