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March 22, 2011 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa doesn't agree with a proposal floated by the city's chief fiscal officer calling for eliminating government support for the arts as a way to address a $404-million budget shortfall, a top aide said Monday. Miguel Santana, the city administrative officer, suggested saving $10.7 million by doing away with the Department of Cultural Affairs as one of three options for the arts included in a wide-ranging, 219-page memo he sent to the mayor and City Council leaders on Friday with his ideas for closing the funding gap. The least drastic measure Santana offered calls for $1.3 million in savings while preserving all of the department's current functions, which include making grants to arts organizations and individual artists, partially funding community festivals, and running a network of cultural landmarks and neighborhood arts centers and theaters.
January 2, 2011
It's simple: Follow the tax money Re "Stimulus for L.A. mostly sits unspent," Dec. 26 The failure to effectively use hundreds of millions of dollars in stimulus money is Exhibit A in the case that as much as possible, government should function on a local level, relying on federal powers for limited areas. All tax money originates locally. But we send it to Washington, let them remove their vig and return the rest with restrictions on how it can be used. To install left-turn signals, we tax local citizens, send the money to Washington, have the city submit a proposal to get some of the money back, and have a federal committee grant it back to us and another federal agency oversee it, creating several extra steps to put a signal at Sunset and Wilcox.
March 26, 2010 | By Maeve Reston
With some city arts centers on the verge of shutting their doors, the Los Angeles City Council agreed Friday to shift money earmarked for public art projects to keep classes and other cultural programs running over the next two years. City leaders have authorized as many as 4,000 job cuts to address a $485-million budget shortfall next year. Arts supporters pleaded with the council to intervene after the first pink slips were issued to employees at the William Grant Still Arts Center in West Adams, the Charles Mingus Youth Arts Center in Watts and the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro.
February 9, 2010 | By Gillian Bagwell
The lead paragraph of The Times' Feb. 7 article, "A shifting canvas in Pasadena," states that the "city has carried out a tradition of giving back in the form of art." As the founder and artistic director of the defunct Pasadena Shakespeare Company, which performed 37 critically acclaimed productions over nine seasons, my experience is not consistent with the oft-repeated claim that Pasadena is supportive of the arts (at least in any meaningful way). Indeed, it comes as no surprise to me that the artistic canvas to which The Times refers is shifting -- or in imminent danger of sinking beneath the waves.
April 21, 2009 | Mike Boehm
Los Angeles County's three biggest government-supported cultural institutions figure to reap $60 million in taxpayer funding for the coming 2009-10 fiscal year, their subsidies holding up well despite falling property values and other recession-spurred declines in tax receipts that are draining public coffers. Public libraries and county and municipal arts agencies didn't fare as well in the county budget proposal released Monday, or in the city of Los Angeles spending plan just issued by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
March 23, 2009 | Reed Johnson
Within 90 days, this city founded on risk-taking is supposed to break ground on one of its biggest cultural gambles to date: the $475-million Smith Center for the Performing Arts. The ground-breaking is taking place at a challenging time for Las Vegas' biggest cultural institutions, which have been buffeted by the recession. Most notably, the Las Vegas Art Museum closed last month.
February 4, 2009 | associated press
With the nation's nonprofit arts organizations suffering in the dismal economy, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is offering crisis consulting to see them through. The arts aren't at the top of many lawmakers' lists for a federal bailout. So Michael Kaiser, the Kennedy Center's president, announced an unprecedented "Arts in Crisis" initiative Tuesday to offer free assistance to performing arts managers across the country.
January 1, 2009 | Michael Kaiser, Kaiser is president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.
While government bailouts are being offered or considered for financial institutions, the auto industry, homeowners and so many other needy and worthy sectors, one group is quickly and rather quietly falling apart: our nation's arts organizations. In the last few months, dozens of opera companies, theater companies, dance organizations, museums and symphonies have either ceased operating or suffered major cash crises.
December 26, 2008 | Associated Press
Just like airlines, many performing arts venues are beginning to charge more to allow ticket holders to stretch out their legs. The idea of charging a premium for desirable seats, as Northwest Airlines and US Airways do for aisle and exit-row seats, is catching on with symphonies, ballets, operas and theater companies. And consumers lining up to buy tickets to "The Nutcracker," "A Christmas Carol" and holiday concerts this month may as well get used to it.
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