Class Schedules for Neighborhood Arts and Cultural Centers
26 Annual Black Doll Exhibit
Through March 4, 2007
12 noon-5 p.m. Daily
William Grant Still Art Center
2520 South West View St., LA
Through March 11, 2007
Watts Towers Arts Center
1727 East 107th Street, LA
Multiple Vantage Points
Through April 15, 2007
Municipal Art Gallery
4800 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
For more information
LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE
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SECRET EMPIRE BLOGSPOT
Movement : Hip Hop in LA
Movement : Hip Hop in LA
For Your Social Consideration
CAFAM's Street Signs Exhibit
LAX Project Kinetic Light Installation
A Patron at the Helm?
Terry Beeman Dance at the Nate Holden
Department of Cultural Affairs Announces Fellowship Winners
Getting in on Grants in Los Angeles
Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Department of Cultural Affairs’ Newsletter, DCA Connections. Keep your eye out for upcoming events, special announcements, and media releases. DCA looks forward to hearing your comments as it begins to establish how best to serve you. Please send comments or suggestions to Fonda Portales, Marketing Associate, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 213.202.5539.
Welcome New Commissioners
Josephine Ramirez and Richard Montoya Join DCA Family
DCA is happy to announce two new members of the Cultural Affairs Commission: Josephine Ramirez and Richard Montoya.
Josephine Ramirez currently holds the position of Vice President of Programming and Planning at the Music Center. Previously serving the Getty Foundation as a Program Officer, she was awarded a Leob Fellowship at Harvard University and UCLA. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for Los Angeles' new downtown public arts school.
Richard Montoya is the co-founder of Culture Clash, the nation's leading Chicano/Latino Theater Company. A published playwright and author, Mr. Montoya also serves as a board member for Circuit Network, based in San Francisco.
For a complete list of DCA Commissioners, click here.
Multiple Vantage Points at Municipal Art Gallery
Southern California Women to show at DCA’s Barnsdall Park
Curated by Dextra Frankel, renowned gallery director and Professor Emeritus at California State University, Fullerton, Multiple Vantage Points is an examination of women’s art created after the rise of the feminist art revolution in Los Angeles. The exhibition comprises of painting, sculpture, drawings, installation, video, performance, and photography from 50 Southern California women. Cosponsored by Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art and the Southern California Council of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the exhibit will include Lita Albuquerque, Judith F. Baca, Camille Rose Garcia, Alison Saar, Betye Saar, Lezley Saar, Carrie Whitney, Takako Yamaguchi, and Bari Ziperstein.
Multiple Vantage Points runs until April 15, 2007, and complements the upcoming MOCA exhibition, WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, 1965-1980, curated by Connie Butler, and offers a unique opportunity for Los Angeles audiences to explore connections between the dynamic women artists working in Southern California today and the early global history of feminist art. Both exhibitions are part of The Feminist Art Project, a national program bringing public attention to women artists’ significant impact on contemporary art practice, and guaranteeing their inclusion in the past, present, and future cultural record.
Additional information can be found at www.scwca.org.
For the full press release, click here.
Valley Cultural Center transfers operations to DCA
Beginning in February 2007, DCA began theater program operations at the Madrid Theatre, a facility of the City of Los Angeles in Canoga Park. The Valley Cultural Center had been managing the theater for DCA since July 2003. In order to plan for a seamless transition, DCA recently released a Request for Proposal (RFP) to seek a new partner to operate the Madrid Theatre for the fiscal year 2007-08 and beyond.
DCA is asking qualified companies interested in becoming either a resident theater company and/or providing operational services to manage all aspects of the Madrid Theatre in Canoga Park for five years with two five-year extensions for a total of 15 years, subject to annual satisfactory performance evaluations. A broad net is being cast to attract a quality theater company or operator(s) that can successfully provide quality performing arts in underserved arts communities. DCA is open to various models of operations to achieve this goal. The theater company or operating service can be a consortium, partnership or a hybrid-model of a resident theater and operating service. DCA welcomes all creative and innovative models in response to this RFP.
To review the Madrid Theatre RFP, please click here. For more information about booking the Madrid Theater, please call 818.347.9419 or click here.
Marketing and Development Raises $375,000
The Department of Cultural Affairs' Marketing and Development Division is happy to announce that Disney became Title Sponsor of the City’s 225th Anniversary Celebration this year. Part of the $125,000 donation raised by DCA will be used to publish Discovering My Los Angeles ~ A 225th Anniversary Celebration of the Founding of the City of Los Angeles, a unique guide for children to access fun facts about their City, participate in family activities, and learn important leadership skills.
The book’s retail price is set at $10.00, but Disney's generous sponsorship allows DCA to give the guide as a gift to every family with a third grade student in the Los Angeles Unified School District this Spring in commemoration of the City’s 225th anniversary. The printing of the Spanish edition will also immeasurably increase the book’s usefulness as an educational tool, and allow DCA to reach more students and their Spanish-speaking families.
Disney also became the City's Title Sponsor of its official Heritage Month Celebrations. Disney donated an additional $250,000 which will allow DCA to print the City’s Latino, African American, and Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month Calendars and Cultural Guides, as well as offer Music LA classes during each of the Mayor's heritage month celebrations.
The "Stone" House
DCA Opens new Youth Center in Sun Valley
The Sun Valley Youth Arts Center's celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, November 18, 2006. After a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the redesign of the Stone House, originally constructed in 1925 with an exterior river rock veneer, attendees were entertained by Music LA’s Plaza de la Raza beginning Mariachi and Ballet Folklorico students.
The new Youth Arts Center, with an auxiliary building to accommodate additional classes, will provide numerous art programs administered by DCA, as well as music and computer programs.
For more information about classes and events, please call 818.252.4619.
Music LA Shines
Showcase Concert at Plaza de la Raza
As the newest initiative for the young people of Los Angeles, DCA's Music LA is a citywide music education program that provides high quality music education programming in areas of the City where few or no arts education programs exist. DCA's unique model is designed to connect young people with music education while also creating a strong base of support for Los Angeles’ vital community of musicians, music education organizations, teaching artists, and young musicians of tomorrow.
In its pilot year, the Music LA Summer 2005 Program served over 600 students, 69% of whom had no prior experience in music education. During the Music LA Summer 2006 Program, the total number of children and teens reached citywide increased by nearly 20%! The City of Los Angeles is the first local government to lead such an important initiative, with the goal of bringing quality music instruction to the streets, neighborhoods, and communities where young people live and play during summer months.
Latino Heritage Month kicked things off with music classes in Mariachi, Latin percussion, Salsa Piano, and Aztec drumming at Plaza de la Raza, while Maestro's Cafe offered courses in Columbian and Cuban Percussion and Guitar. The Music LA concert showcased at Plaza de la Raza, one of the original Music LA Program partners on December 1, 2006, with nearly 150 people in attendance to witness the Aztec Dance group, Ballet Folklorico students, Latin Jazz Ensemble, and beginning Mariachi students wow the audience in an inspiring and celebratory night of Latino culture, music, and dance. Channel 35 aired footage of the concert. Another Music LA concert showcased at Maestro’s Café on December 17, 2006.
For more information about Music LA, please visit culturela.org or call Angelica Loa at 213.202.5561.
2006 Art Matters Conference
DCA’s Youth Arts and Education Program Launched the 3rd Arts Matters Conference
First Lady of Los Angeles Corina Villaraigosa, Grammy Award Winning Recording Artist, Macy Gray, and Multi-Platinum Recording Artist, Xzibit, spoke to youth and youth advocates at the 2006 Art Matters Conference at California State University, Los Angeles on October 27, 2006. The conference was designed to bring together creative young people, professional artists and arts educators, elected officials and policy makers, and service providers to address the role of the arts in enhancing the quality of life for our city’s youth.
Professional Panel and Workshop topics included:
- Art of Engagement: Techno Youth Culture
- New Directions: Funding and Policy in the Arts
- Current State of Foster Care and Probation
- Youth Voices
- Social Implication of Hip Hop
- Classroom Blogging
A series of related public events occurred in connection with the 2006 Art Matters Conference: a Women in Hip Hop Culture panel, a graffiti art demonstration and discussion, and an Urban Film Festival. DCA also presented an official conference exhibit, Movement: Hip Hop in L.A.-1980s to Now, curated by Raymond Codrington, Ph.D. This exhibit looked at hip hop as one of our most important cultural influences and examined the uniqueness of hip hop in LA through photography, street art, and video.
Conversations with the Multiple Vantage Points Artists, 7:30 p.m.
Meet exhibition artists in this informal conversation.
Municipal Art Gallery
Generation Gap: A Celebration of Barbershop Quartet
2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Family Arts Day, Presented by the Arts in Education Aid Council
3/9, 10, and 11
Guys and Dolls, Presented by the Sierra Canyon School
3/18 For a review of events in March, click here.
What a Day! What a Year! What a Life!!!
A Broadway Musical Revue, 2:00 p.m.
2007 African American Heritage Month
The 2007 African American Heritage Month Calendar and Cultural Guide is now available online. For more information about exciting events during African American Heritage Month, please click here to download (9.5MB).
MUSIC LA Classes
In celebration of the City of Los Angeles 2006-2007 Heritage Month Celebrations, Disney will sponsor DCA Music LA classes that highlight the musical heritage of Latino, African American, and Asian and Pacific Islander cultures. Heritage Month Music LA classes are FREE to the public. For more information about upcoming classes, contact Angelica Loa, Music LA Program Manager, at 213.202.5561 or via email at email@example.com.
Craft and Folk Art Museum
For programming schedules at Craft and Folk Art Museum, click here.
The California Cultural & Historical Endowment grant application deadline is March 1. In September 2002, Governor Davis signed The California Cultural and Historical Endowment Act, which established the California Cultural and Historical Endowment in the California State Library (AB 716, Firebaugh, Chapter 1126, Statutes of 2002). The Act requires the Endowment to use Proposition 40 funds to make grants and loans to public agencies and nonprofit organizations to protect and preserve California's cultural and historic resources. In August 2003, the state budget authorized the Endowment to spend $128 million of Proposition 40 money to carry out its programs.
The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) serves as a leader to generate and support high quality arts and cultural experiences for Los Angeles residents and visitors. DCA advances the social and economic impact of the arts and assures access to arts and cultural experiences through grant making, marketing, public and community arts programming, arts education, and creating partnerships with artists and arts and cultural organizations in every community in the City of Los Angeles.
DCA grants $3.4 million annually to over 300 artists and nonprofit arts organizations and awards the Artist-in-Residence (A.I.R.) and City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Individual Artist Fellowships. It provides arts and cultural programming in numerous Neighborhood Arts and Cultural Centers, theaters, and several arts and education programs for young people. The Department operates two historic monuments, directs public art projects, and manages the City’s Arts Development Fee, Art Collection, and Murals Program. DCA markets the City’s cultural events through development and collaboration with strategic partners, design and production of creative promotional materials, and management of the culturela.org website.