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March 11, 1995
We must defend the arts. Art is a transmitter of culture, the free expression and creative juice of the human spirit. It transcends the inhibiting walls of nation states and politics. Artistic expression must find a way. On the walls of our city blocks, we either see the raw verbiage and hieroglyphics of destitution or we see the beautiful art of paintings and musical lyrics documenting our history, our heritage. Art has provided a platform for so many to make a contribution. We must mobilize to protect funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corp.
September 28, 1986
I am part of that large segment of Orange County that cannot afford to purchase season tickets to any of the series offered at our new Performing Arts Center. Nor do I have the time to volunteer. I am a single working parent with two sons who loves the performing arts. I look forward to instilling in my sons my love for good music, good dancing and good theater. I would love to take them to see "West Side Story," but as you pointed out in your editorial, only subscription tickets are available.
September 22, 1990
They're at it again. The Catholic couple who got their names in the papers by objecting to a pro-National Endowment for the Arts flyer issued by the South Coast Repertory Co. have managed to get still more media attention. These people, who believe that they should decide what the rest of us may see and read, now want the Costa Mesa Civic Playhouse production of "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You" closed because it pokes fun at their religion. They want to extend the mind control of their chosen faith to people who are of other faiths or who prefer to follow no faith.
March 20, 1997
A daylong creative arts festival at the Sepulveda VA Medical Center in North Hills drew the participation of dozens of veterans Wednesday, including four who dropped out of the sky to join the event. The four-man skydiving crew, all of them veterans, provided the midday entertainment at the event that featured the creativity of local veterans, which ranged from abstract paintings to piano recitals.
January 26, 2003
Thank you for Louise Roug's wonderfully interesting and beautifully illustrated piece on Lucian Freud and David Hockney ("The Portraitists," Jan. 12). It was a relief to finally find an article on art and not architecture in the paper. Though we may not often get stimulating shows in Los Angeles, that doesn't mean there isn't plenty to write about in the art world. Perhaps the fine arts wouldn't be in such dire financial straits if they got one-eighth of the coverage of, oh, say, Winona Ryder's shoplifting trial?
April 11, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Wealthy celebrities should support their fellow artists, as opposed to relying on the government to do so, House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said. Gingrich joined other conservative Republicans at a news conference at which they reiterated their goal of eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts. After pushing through deep budget cuts in recent years in the program, the GOP House members indicated that they hope to end it for the federal fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.
September 6, 2006 | Lynne Heffley
Fifty artists will receive grants this year totaling $2.5 million from United States Artists, a new Los Angeles-based organization created to provide performing and visual artists with financial support and advocacy.
April 19, 1997
Alec Baldwin misses the point in drawing his analogy to defense contractors giving some portion of their profits to the Defense Department to explain why the entertainment industry should not be expected to supplant federal arts funding ("Baldwin Responds to Gingrich," April 12). The fact is that there is something approaching a national consensus for the necessity of a defense budget. There is something far less than a consensus as to the merits of giving $100 million or so to the arts.
January 25, 1998
"Act 2 For El Portal" (Jan. 18) vastly inflates any importance of Actors Alley or El Portal lending any "credibility" to the North Hollywood arts district. Actors Alley presents shows solely to benefit its private audience with minimal consideration, at best, or any commitment for the neighborhood's needs. And that minimum has been maintained solely to qualify itself for the $5.1 million in total federal grant money it has gotten. Revival of one building for one theater of self-interest will not give credibility to an entire neighborhood.
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