The Summer Olympics are over, but L.A. arts organizations could be in a sprinter's stance Sept. 23, when the starter's gun will sound in a competition for $935,000 in federal arts-grant money. The winners will stamp an Angeleno imprint on next year's annual International Book Fair in Guadalajara.
The fair, billed as the world's largest event for Spanish-language publishers, invites a country, state or region to create and program a special pavilion as guest of honor. L.A. is the first municipality ever chosen. The National Endowment for the Arts is footing the $1.6-million bill -- with $800,000 budgeted for visual and performing arts grants, $135,000 for authors' honorariums and $300,000 to design and build an L.A. pavilion that will be open throughout the Nov. 28-Dec. 6, 2009 event.