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February 4, 1990 | CATHY CURTIS \f7
The city of Santa Ana ran the Bowers Museum for 51 years until 1987, when it appointed the nonprofit Charles W. Bowers Museum Corp. to manage the institution's day-to-day affairs. The city still owns the museum and gives it an annual $1-million stipend, but the eventual goal is to make the corporation support itself. Meanwhile--"inadvertently," according to Bowers board President Arthur V.
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February 4, 1990 | CATHY CURTIS \f7
The city of Santa Ana ran the Bowers Museum for 51 years until 1987, when it appointed the nonprofit Charles W. Bowers Museum Corp. to manage the institution's day-to-day affairs. The city still owns the museum and gives it an annual $1-million stipend, but the eventual goal is to make the corporation support itself. Meanwhile--"inadvertently," according to Bowers board President Arthur V.
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May 23, 1989 | CATHY CURTIS, Times Staff Writer
The director of the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana has resigned, effective May 31, citing a "loss of momentum" in plans to expand the institution, which displays art and artifacts from the Americas, Africa and the Pacific Rim. Paul M. Piazza, 47, has been director since 1987. "Right now we're in a stationary position for a while, and I feel it's time for me to move on and look for other kinds of opportunities," Piazza said Monday. Josie De Falla, Piazza's executive assistant, will serve as acting director until a successor is named by the museum's board of governors.
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January 1, 1994 | RICHARD CORE
What began with a local couple's fascination with Spanish and Mexican culture has grown into a nationally recognized center for the exhibition of art and artifacts. The Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, at 20th and Main streets, is named for Charles W. and Ada Bowers, who willed their home and property to the city in 1924 for a museum dedicated to local history. In 1932, the home was demolished and a museum was built.
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October 21, 1986 | HERMAN WONG, Times Staff Writer
Paul Piazza, director of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center for the past seven years, has been hired as the new director of Santa Ana's Bowers Museum, it was disclosed Monday. He will assume the top staff post in late November, sources close to the museum said, adding that Piazza's annual salary will be in the $70,000 range. The Bowers post has been vacant since June 30, when William Lee, who had held the job for four years, resigned to return to university research.
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December 20, 1985 | RANDY LEWIS and HERMAN WONG, Times Staff Writers
William Lee, director of Bowers Museum in Santa Ana for the past 3 1/2 years, will resign his post on June 30 to spend more time with his family, he said in a phone interview Thursday. "I do feel Bowers is headed in a very positive direction, and it is developing into a strong regional facility," Lee said. "I still live in Chatsworth in the San Fernando Valley, which is a two-hour drive each way. I want more time with my family." Lee said he is considering returning to university work.
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August 15, 1985 | HERMAN WONG, Times Staff Writer
Once again, a sweeping plan to reorganize Bowers Museum, Santa Ana's best-known cultural institution, has come under attack from some of the city-owned museum's longtime volunteer supporters. Four years ago, when attempts to implement the plan were first made, dissident volunteers assailed the museum's administration and $17-million expansion proposal. The protesters were then victorious: the director was ousted and the expansion designs were shelved.
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February 14, 1986 | HERMAN WONG, Times Staff Writer
The "Bowers 36/86" exhibition that opens Saturday for a three-month run at the Santa Ana museum is more than a show of municipal pride. True, the exhibition--a 400-piece display of paintings, sculptures and artifacts from Bowers' own collection--has been mounted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the city-owned institution. But city officials also view "Bowers 36/86" as symbolic of the ending of one Bowers era and the beginning--they hope--of another.
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March 3, 1993 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sensing that the tide of municipal support for arts is still receding, officials at the city-owned and operated Muckenthaler Cultural Center are drafting a plan to become self-supporting for the first time in the center's 23-year existence. "Government funds are dwindling and (more) arts cuts will be made," Jane Parker, board chairwoman of the private, nonprofit Muckenthaler Cultural Center Foundation, said Monday.
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March 14, 1997 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Privatization. It's become the battle cry for arts organizations in the '90s, one that the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art has taken for its own. As the city begins phasing out its subsidies to the museum, Bowers officials are drafting a proposal asking that city officials sign over the deed to its building and the land it sits on as well as the remainder of Bowers' extensive permanent collection to the private, nonprofit board that governs the museum.
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October 19, 1992 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As costumed dancers swirled exuberantly to ancient rhythms and first-time visitors traipsed through roomy new galleries, the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art came back to life Sunday, after a four-year, $12-million face lift.
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