The Los Angeles Times

MOCA Announces Fundraising Milestone, New (and Returning) Trustees
September 25, 2009

September 24, 2009, The Los Angeles Times - The Museum of Contemporary Art, revealed to be in dire financial straits late last year, said today that it has raised nearly $60 million since December, hailing the figure as indication of a turnaround at the institution.

Donors to Wildfire Victims Urged to Avoid 'Sham Charities'
September 3, 2009

September 2, 2009 , The Los Angeles Times — State Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown today warned Californians who want to help wildfire victims to avoid "sham charities" that rip off good Samaritans after big disasters.

Geffen Playhouse Addresses Money Blues
September 1, 2009

August 31, 2009, The Los Angeles Times — Hoping to boost attendance after a year of production cuts and emergency fundraising appeals, the financially stretched Geffen Playhouse has worked in a new marketing wrinkle: using the Web-based ticket-discounter Goldstar to sell season subscriptions at half price.

Why She's Giving Away $50 Million
August 25, 2009

August 21, 2009, The Los Angeles Times — Imagine all the things you could buy if you had a spare $50 million under the mattress.

Poker Professionals Ante Up for Charity
July 16, 2009

July 14, 2009, The Los Angeles Times — As the cards sail across the green felt at the World Series of Poker Main Event currently being held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, thousands of players have been practicing poker's dark arts of deception and intimidation as they vie for millions of dollars in a game that's unabashedly the ultimate exercise in self-interest.

Big Dollars Coming to Arts Organizations Via NEA
July 8, 2009

July 7, 2009, The Los Angeles Times Blog — More than 600 arts organizations around the country can each look forward to receiving a big fat check in the coming weeks thanks to the latest round of grants announced today by the National Endowment for the Arts. The grants represent part of the $50 million in federal aid to the NEA from President Obama's economic stimulus package.

U.S. House Hikes Arts and Humanities Budgets
June 29, 2009

USCapitol, June 26, 2009, The Los Angeles Times — The House of Representatives today approved $170-million budgets for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2010: a 9.7% increase for each over their current $155 million. The vote was 254 to 173 for the Department of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies budget bill, which includes the two cultural grant-making agencies.

James Irvine Foundation Rewards the Innovators
June 18, 2009

June 17, 2009, The Los Angeles Times — Some time next year, a seeing-eye dog may guide visitors -- even those with no vision problems -- through the galleries of the Hammer Museum in Westwood to a pre-selected painting. In San Francisco, young actors in training may be found rounding up an audience for a play staged in a bar or in the rec room of a juvenile detention facility. Visitors to a museum in Oakland may be asked to tell the curators how they'd like to interact with the art, while in downtown San Diego, they may bump into an artist completing a work in progress.