August 30, 2008 |
The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs is in the process of developing its first cultural master plan since 1991, and the agency wants your input. Along with holding community meetings throughout the city over the next few months, Cultural Affairs also invites the public to take an online survey detailing individual cultural activities, preferences and motivations. To take the survey, visit www.culturalplan.lacity.org. -- Diane Haithman
April 17, 2007 |
Pending the approval of the City Council, Mayor Villaraigosa has named Olga Garay to head the city's Department of Cultural Affairs. Most recently, Garay, 54, has been a New York-based independent producer and performing arts consultant. She is working with the Lincoln Center Festival in Manhattan to present Spanish-language theater. She is also involved in strategic planning for New York's Museo del Barrio and other arts groups.
January 12, 2007 |
City Hall may have dug itself a hole over an artwork on a shovel. Los Angeles artist John Outterbridge is unhappy that a piece the city commissioned for an exhibition four years ago was given as a going-away present last summer to Margie J. Reese, former general manager of the city's Cultural Affairs Department.
June 21, 2006 |
Margie J. Reese is leaving L.A. for Lagos, Nigeria, trading her job as the city government's top arts official for a position coordinating arts and cultural grant-making in West Africa for the Ford Foundation. Reese, 55, said Tuesday that the decision was not easy, even though she has been limited by lean budgets in her 5 1/2 years as general manager of the Cultural Affairs Department and had to fight off a proposed dissolution of the department in 2004.
May 22, 2006 |
What happens when you pay artists $10,000 each and invite them to spend it however they please? Ten years ago, local officials found out when the city of Los Angeles' Department of Cultural Affairs began handing out so-called COLA grants to individual creative types. The only strings attached: In exchange for the money, each recipient would have to produce work the city could present in a public venue. The latest fruits of this annual experiment in nonbureaucratic arts funding are on view in "C.
August 17, 2004 |
Despite a 19.8% budget cut that sets L.A.'s arts funding back to where it stood eight years ago, the city's Cultural Affairs Department will try to preserve grants and after-school classes that its general manager, Margie J. Reese, considers inviolable. The department can "absolutely not" keep those core programs intact on its $9.5-million budget, down from $11.8 million in fiscal 2003-04, Reese says.