February 3, 2010 |
Struggling to cope with a severe budget crisis, the Los Angeles City Council will consider a proposal Wednesday that would strip the municipal arts agency of the guaranteed funding it has enjoyed since 1989. The idea of cutting off a direct pipeline between hotel tax receipts and arts funding drew an immediate outcry from arts supporters, reminiscent of one in 2004 that stopped then-Mayor James K. Hahn from eliminating the Department of Cultural Affairs and putting arts operations under the Recreation and Parks Department instead.
May 30, 2009 |
It's "wait till next year" -- again -- for a bill in the state legislature that would have provided a boost of about $30 million a year for the California Arts Council and raised the state's per-capita arts funding from last in the nation to the middle of the pack. The bill, titled the "Creative Industries and Community Economic Revitalization Act," was put on hold until 2010 on Thursday in the Assembly's Appropriations Committee. Two earlier bills to increase arts funding had died in committees since 2005.
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June 27, 2008 |
Marilyn Ryan, a founder and the first mayor of Rancho Palos Verdes who later became a Republican assemblywoman and then was appointed director of the California Arts Council, died Sunday. She was 75. Ryan died of congestive heart failure at her home in Laguna Woods, her daughter Cynthia Brickner said. Ryan became active in politics in her 30s when she joined the League of Women Voters and served as president of its Palos Verdes Peninsula chapter for two years. She took a special interest in land-use issues and in the late 1960s grew increasingly concerned about what lay ahead for the unincorporated area of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
January 11, 2008 |
Already cut to the bone with the lowest per-capita budget of any state arts agency, the California Arts Council was spared further incisions Thursday under the austere state spending plan submitted by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Overall, the agency would get a nearly 7% boost, from about $5.3 million to $5.7 million. However, almost the entire proposed increase relies on the expected goodwill of arts-loving motorists who voluntarily pay extra for their license plates to help fund the arts council.
March 2, 2007 |
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed Charmaine Jefferson, executive director of the California African American Museum in Exposition Park, to the California Arts Council, and has reappointed another L.A. resident, Eunice David (wife of lyricist Hal David), who first joined the arts council in 2004. A third appointee is Karen Skelton of Sacramento, a former political aide in the Clinton administration.
February 16, 2007
Agency chief: Michael Alexander is the new chairman of the California Arts Council. The longtime executive director of the Grand Performances free concert series in downtown L.A. has been on the arts council since 2004; he succeeds Marcy Friedman of Sacramento.