Monday, October 19, 2009

Laguna Art Museum receives James Irvine Foundation Grant

via Coastline Pilot

Updated: Thursday, October 15, 2009 10:09 PM PDT

Museum receives Irvine grant

The James Irvine Foundation will award the Laguna Art Museum $375,000 to aid in expanding audiences and increasing financial sustainability, museum officials announced. The museum reported a $500,000 drop in assets during the last fiscal year.

“This multiyear Arts Regional Initiative grant will allow Laguna Art Museum to strengthen its internal systems and tighten its long-range planning,” said Director Bolton Colburn.

Through its Arts Regional Initiative, the James Irvine foundation is awarding $4 million in grants to 11 arts institutions in Southern California.

“In this tough economy, we want to underscore our commitment to these regional arts organizations as they explore new ways of achieving financial sustainability and attracting culturally diverse audiences,” said James E. Canales, the Irvine Foundation’s president and chief executive.

The James Irvine Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation. The Foundation’s grantmaking focuses on three areas: arts, California democracy and youth. Since 1937 the foundation has provided more than $1 billion in grants to more than 3,000 nonprofit organizations throughout California.

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