Dispensing $8 million of income from its $3-billion fortune, the J. Paul Getty Trust has bestowed six- and seven-figure gifts on eight Southern California institutions and established a fund for smaller gifts in the future. Local museums, universities, colleges and libraries received a total of $5 million this year, while an additional $3 million went to a new fund to support the visual arts in the Los Angeles area.
Libraries at the Claremont University Center and UCLA were the biggest winners, each receiving $1 million. Claremont will use the money to complete a new central complex for Honnold Library, while the UCLA Library will establish an endowment fund to purchase books and manuscripts produced before AD 1600.
Six other institutions each received $500,000. The Craft and Folk Art Museum will apply its half-million-dollar gift to a projected expansion program, according to museum director Patrick Ela. Plans are preliminary, he said, "but we will do good and big things with the money. It's a significant gift for us because it recognizes our institution's contribution to the scene in Los Angeles."
Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design will use its Getty money to construct a new library, "closer to the studio environment on central campus," said Francie Balcomb, director of public relations. The school's current library is on 6th Street, a few blocks from the main buildings on Wilshire Boulevard.