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January 1, 1994 | BERT ELJERA
Jane Uyeno says there's nothing wrong with museums, but there is a better way to present the culture of a people. "Museums are so passive and inanimate," said Uyeno, a member of a group proposing to build a Native American cultural center at Tustin Marine Corps Helicopter Air Station when it closes in 1997. "A cultural center is not just buildings, it's the sights, sounds, smell and spirit of the indigenous people in their cultural settings," she said.
March 5, 1998
The former Union Church, a national historic and cultural landmark, has been reborn as the Union Center for the Arts. The long-awaited cultural center, which rose from the ruins of the church built in 1923, will now become home for three of Los Angeles' oldest arts organizations: East West Players, L.A. Artcore and Visual Communications. The centerpiece of the complex is a 250-seat theater.
February 17, 1995
The mayor of Compton presented a $500,000 check to Compton Unified School District officials Thursday, money that will be used to convert a high school auditorium into a city cultural center. "Our search to find the perfect performance hall led us to Compton High School's auditorium," Mayor Omar Bradley said during a news conference at the auditorium.
June 4, 1993 | STEPHANIE SIMON
The Thousand Oaks City Council has established a nine-member commission to run the 1,800-seat auditorium and 400-seat forum theater now under construction as part of the Civic Arts Plaza. The independent board will be responsible for overseeing a myriad of issues, from programming and finances to publicity at the cultural center, which is scheduled to open with a monthlong celebration in October, 1994.
The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission will review a city councilman's proposal today to create a cultural center adjacent to the historic San Fernando Mission. Los Angeles City Councilman Alex Padilla, who represents the northeast Valley, has proposed a center that would feature the culture of the San Fernando Valley much the way Barnsdall Art Park does for Hollywood and Plaza de la Raza and El Pueblo do for East Los Angeles.
May 12, 1988
The South Gate City Council has given its approval for the Museum and Art Gallery Steering Committee to start a $240,000 fund-raising campaign to help pay for a proposed $745,000 cultural center. However, the fund-raising efforts are contingent upon other funding factors. If the city does not come up with the remaining funds, any donations received by the committee must be returned.
October 28, 1988 | MARK I. PINSKY
The Buena Park City Council has approved an agreement with a Rancho Cucamonga architectural firm to design a $3-million cultural center. The firm has been asked to prepare plans for two alternative locations for the 450-seat center. The council also voted Monday night, 4-1, to approve an agreement with the firm of Wolff, Lang & Christopher to development a master plan for a new civic center as well as the cultural facility.
May 22, 1986 | THOMAS OMESTAD, Times Staff Writer
Two years ago, Thousand Oaks voters tried to settle the hotly debated cultural center issue once and for all. It didn't happen. Two ballot questions yielded contradictory results. One, simply asking voters whether public funds should be spent for an arts complex, received only 38% of the vote. The other, asking whether a center should be built with city redevelopment funds, donated land and a private endowment to offset deficits, won 61% of the vote.
June 4, 1988 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, Times Staff Writer
After several months of searching, community leaders in Chinatown have gingerly taken the first step toward establishing a long-sought cultural center in the historic neighborhood. In two votes this week, one by the "founding board of directors" for a center and a second Thursday night by a local community group, the leaders selected a tentative site and developer.
August 15, 1989 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, Times Staff Writer
Despite the charred ruins, it seemed for a moment that life at Another Planet was back to normal. Eddie (Sundown) Brown tapped the piano keys lightly to the beat of Luanne Poindexter's rendition of Errol Garner's "Misty." "Music soothes a savage beast. It gives you hope," Poindexter chimed in. Hope was what many homeless people needed Monday after the latest blow to their plans to maintain a cultural center on Skid Row.
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