CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2013 |
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.
June 15, 2013 |
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.
May 31, 2013 |
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.
April 17, 2013 |
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.
April 10, 2013 |
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.
April 10, 2013 |
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?