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    Dear Pasadena Arts and Culture Community,

    Recent economic events have long-term implications and a broad impact for many of us. From programs to pensions, we are at the beginning of a curve that may not straighten out for some time. This resource page has been created to consolidate some of the latest information at the local, regional and national level. Some postings will be more relevant to you than others, but we’ll list as many as we can here to express the widest spectrum as possible. There are short term practical discussions as well as longer term initiatives—all of which focus on the profile of arts and the economy.

    Are you interested in participating in a dialog about the local economic arts climate? We’ll be contacting you soon to find out how we can provide more resources for you.

    With best regards,

    Rochelle Branch

    Cultural Affairs Manager 





    The official Americans for the Arts State Arts Advocacy Captain for California

    California Arts Advocates sponsors AB 700

    The Creative Industries Revitalization Act

    Introduced by Assembly Member Paul Krekorian
    Assistant Majority Leader and
    Chair, Select Committee on the Preservation of California's Entertainment Industry


    Congress Approves Budget Increase for Arts and Humanities Endowments
    Click here for Press Release

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    L.A. County Arts Commission

    Emiko Ono, Director of Grants and Professional Development, 213.202.5939,


    Linda Chiavaroli, Director of Communications, 213.202.5935, lchiavaroli@arts.lacounty.gov 

    City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

    Joe Smoke, Cultural Grant Program Director, 213.202.5548, joe.smoke@lacity.org 

    Will Caperton y Montoya, Director of Marketing and Development, 213.202.5538,


    For Release: October 5, 2009


    Grants totaling $420,084 to support administrative staff positions in local arts organizations
    have been announced by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the City of Los Angeles
    Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). The awards come from the American Recovery and
    Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
    Twenty-one positions in 16 arts organizations have been preserved through the grants.

    L.A. County Arts Commission grants went to:

    Angels Gate Cultural Center, $35,080, Education Director

    Eagle Rock Community Cultural Association, $20,900, Director of Education

    H.E.Art Project, $39,520, two Workshop Coordinators

    Hollywood Entertainment Museum, $20,000, Program Manager

    Jazz Bakery Performance Space, $25,200, Administrative Assistant and

    Web Marketing Consultant

    Ryman/Carroll Foundation, $25,840, Administrative Coordinator

    Southwest Chamber Music Society, $38,460, Production Manager

    Department of Cultural Affairs grants went to:

    Contra-Tiempo, $15,256, Administrative Assistant

    East Los Angeles Classic Theatre, $21,000, Production Manager

    Friends of Chinese American Museum, $14,000, Educator

    Greenway Arts Alliance, $36,000, Production Manager and Office Manager

    LA Stage Alliance, $45,000, Executive Director and Program Manager

    Latino Theater Company, $31,728, Technical Director

    Pan African Film and Arts Festival, $18,560, Associate Director, Film Programming and
    Film Traffic Coordinator

    Unusual Suspects Theatre Company, $18,000, Program Manager

    We Tell Stories, $15,540, Director of Education Programs

    The Arts Commission and DCA each received $250,000 in ARRA funds through the NEA.

    As allowable under the NEA guidelines, a portion of the ARRA funds to each organization
    went toward administration. These local arts agencies were the only two that received funds
    to re-grant in the state of California.

    The grants were awarded through a competitive application process. Applicants were
    required to demonstrate that the positions are critical to an organization's mission and
    are in jeopardy or have been eliminated as a result of the current economic climate.

    The Arts Commission and DCA worked together to create a streamlined grant application
    and review process designed to ensure rapid deployment of funds. The agencies used
    the same application form and all proposals were reviewed by the same review panel
    to ensure a quick turnaround on grant applications.

    Grantmakers in the Arts – supporting a creative America

    Please visit their website at: http://www.giarts.org 

    And the monthly bulletin at: http://giarts.wordpress.com 

    Americans for the Arts Officially submits policy recommendations on the arts and economic recovery to the Obama Transition Team.

    Click here for complete details

    Dear Arts & Culture Organizations,

    Are you short on staff but need help with front desk reception, box office, ushering and other entry level office duties? If you need more hands on deck but are unable to hire additional support staff at this time, consider the following two opportunities for arts organizations to hire youth (ages 14-24) and seniors (55+) through federally funded programs greatly augmented by the stimulus package that place youth and seniors in work sites. More information follows below on the details of each program and how to apply to become a worksite.

    Please see the great information below provided by Monica Hubbard. If you are interested in the WIA or SCSEP programs please contact the office of Cultural Affairs or click here or for more information.

    Cultural Affairs supports the arts & culture in Pasadena. It also promotes Pasadena in Southern California and nationally as a center of American cultural history as well as a vibrant arena for the creation of new art and film.

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