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June 15, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Arts advocates who tried to throw a touchdown bomb in Sacramento this spring were sacked for a loss instead Friday as the California Legislature passed a $234-billion budget that cuts funding for the state's arts grant-making agency 7.6%. The budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year that begins July 1 includes $5.024 million for the California Arts Council -- $412,000 less than its current funding. It's a far cry from the $75 million in guaranteed annual funding that arts advocates had sought in a bill that got tabled last month in the state Assembly's appropriations committee.
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April 16, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
Los Angeles officials are starting to get serious about freeing up $7.5 million or more in city government funds that are earmarked for visual art, performances or other cultural events, but have been wrapped tightly for years in legal red tape. The unspent funds were rendered all but useless in 2007 when then-City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo ruled that the fees developers are required to pay to fund public art had to be spent within a one-block radius of the construction project that generated the fees.
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July 16, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
The $2 million budget boost for the California Arts Council likely will allow the Golden State to shed its dubious distinction as the nation's stingiest state for arts-grant funding for just the second time since 2003. The additional money that Assembly Speaker John Perez funneled to the Arts Council on Monday, using a discretionary account that was at his sole disposal, boosts its total funding to $7.024 million for the just-begun 2013-14 fiscal year. That's 18.5 cents each for about 38 million Californians - up from 14 cents in 2012-13.
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January 10, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
Alec Baldwin has taken his lumps as a verbal loose cannon, but Americans for the Arts, a leading national advocacy group for nonprofit arts organizations, still trusts Baldwin as one of its go-to guys. It announced this week that the actor will be back at its podium for the annual Arts Advocacy Day proceedings in Washington, D.C., in late March. The keynote address each year is called the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy; Baldwin delivered it in 2012, after being introduced by New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd.
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April 10, 2013 | By David Ng
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma was in Washington this week to press for an increase in arts funding from the federal government. The musician was joined by former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, and they performed together briefly for an audience on Capitol Hill. Ma was in Washington for Arts Advocacy Day -- an annual event that took place Monday and Tuesday. The event is intended to boost awareness and government funding for the arts sector. The nonprofit advocacy group Americans for the Arts is the key organizer and hosted a Google Hangout discussion that featured Ma answering questions from the public.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1997
Re the Sept. 14 Opinion interview with Sidney Yates, "Fighting for Arts Funding in America": Rep. Yates just doesn't get it after 50 years. It is not the art or the controversy of the art--it's my (the taxpayer's) money. Anyone who tries to make a comparison of the Department of Defense to the National Endowment for the Arts is clearly out of touch with the big picture. If NEA money goes to a string quartet so they can have fun and play music in Jepson, Iowa, that's nice. But I work hard all day. I have so much money taxed out of my paycheck for these pet programs I am beginning to think I should go out and take some violin lessons and get a grant from the NEA. That would sure beat slugging it out in the traffic every day. JOHN N. ENGELS Northridge
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January 9, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
Advocates of boosting California's meager state-funded grants to the arts received official word Thursday that they've got some heavy lifting to do, because Gov. Jerry Brown's new budget proposal has no good news for the arts. Brown's budget plan calls for an overall 8.5% spending increase, including major boosts to education, but envisions a $9,000 cut for the state's arts-grant agency, the California Arts Council - from a projected $5.058 million in the current fiscal year to $5.049 million in the 2014-15 budget year that begins July 1. Brown's budget also would exact a small cut from another cultural program: the budget for the state-run California Science Center in L.A.'s Exposition Park, which also includes funding for the next-door California African American Museum.
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July 16, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
The $2 million budget boost for the California Arts Council likely will allow the Golden State to shed its dubious distinction as the nation's stingiest state for arts-grant funding for just the second time since 2003. The additional money that Assembly Speaker John Perez funneled to the Arts Council on Monday, using a discretionary account that was at his sole disposal, boosts its total funding to $7.024 million for the just-begun 2013-14 fiscal year. That's 18.5 cents each for about 38 million Californians - up from 14 cents in 2012-13.
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July 15, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
California's arts grant-making agency announced Monday that it will get $3 million this year from state coffers instead of the $1 million called for in the budget legislators passed in June, thanks to Assembly Speaker John Perez, who's providing the extra money from discretionary funds under his control. It's the first increase in taxpayer-supported funding in more than a decade for the California Arts Council. Since the agency's budget was slashed more than 90% during a recession 10 years ago, California has ranked at or near the bottom nationally in per-capita funding for arts grants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2013 | By Howard Blume
One principal quit even before the flagship arts high school in downtown Los Angeles enrolled its first students in 2009. The school opened with two leaders, and both were gone by the end of the first year. The next principal lasted a year. Two high-profile principals from arts high schools elsewhere accepted the job twice - and backed out twice. Now it's happened again. After less than two years on the job, Norman Isaacs has resigned as principal of the Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts.
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June 15, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Arts advocates who tried to throw a touchdown bomb in Sacramento this spring were sacked for a loss instead Friday as the California Legislature passed a $234-billion budget that cuts funding for the state's arts grant-making agency 7.6%. The budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year that begins July 1 includes $5.024 million for the California Arts Council -- $412,000 less than its current funding. It's a far cry from the $75 million in guaranteed annual funding that arts advocates had sought in a bill that got tabled last month in the state Assembly's appropriations committee.
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May 31, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
A bill in Sacramento that would have decisively erased California's longstanding dubious distinction as the stingiest state in the nation for arts-grant funding has failed for now. Some backers hope it might be revived next year. The bill would have secured $75 million in guaranteed annual funding for the California Arts Council but was frozen last week without a vote. Now advocates aim to persuade legislators and Gov. Jerry Brown to give the agency at least a modest increase as they determine the state budget for the coming fiscal year.
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April 17, 2013 | By Laura Bleiberg
Taking a cue from musicians, filmmakers and other independent artists, Los Angeles choreographer Raiford Rogers has launched a $7,500 fundraising campaign on the crowd-sourcing website Kickstarter for his latest ballet, “Schubert's Silence.” “As you know, arts funding is getting more and more difficult to find,” Rogers said in a phone interview. “You have to be creative and try different things. We wanted to demonstrate to our board members and our potential sponsors that we're determined.
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April 10, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Abstract painter Zao Wou-ki, whose work fetched millions of dollars and set records at auction, died Tuesday. He was 93. Zao suffered from Alzheimer's disease and poor health. He was living near Geneva with his third wife, Francoise Marquet, a former curator of the Museum of Modern Art of Paris. The Beijing-born artist is known for blending Chinese techniques with Western aesthetics, a style that proved valuable to Asian collectors.   ART: Can you guess the high price?
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