On Thursday’s (86/) Culture Monster blog of the Los Angeles Times, Mike Boehm reports, “The Los Angeles County Arts Commission will distribute $4.42 million in county-funded grants to nonprofit cultural organizations—a 2% belt-tightening from last year’s total. The funding is going to 153 groups, with an average award of $28,876. … ‘The fiscal situation has forced a small reduction … but the county understands the value of the services our cultural organizations provide,’ Don Knabe, chairman of the Board of Supervisors, said in a prepared statement. ‘The support … has a ripple effect in terms of free access to events, arts education programs and performances, exhibitions that enrich our lives and build bridges between communities and, of course, jobs.’ … The arts commission and the city of Los Angeles’ Department of Cultural Affairs have received an additional $250,000 each from the National Endowment for the Arts to pass on to local arts nonprofits as part of the federal government’s economic stimulus plan.” Orchestras receiving grants include the Pasadena Symphony Association, Santa Cecelia Opera and Orchestra Association, Culver City Symphony Orchestra, and San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra.

Posted August 7, 2009