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By Barbara Caruso | November 12, 2008
SparkOC.Com Ignites Orange County Arts Scene, Features Laguna Beach Arts Organizations It takes just one spark to ignite the creativity that can change peoples? lives. Experiencing the arts can provide just that kind of spark. That?s the idea behind SparkOC.com (www.sparkoc.com), the new online source for everything creative in Orange County. A joint project between Arts OC and the Orange County Community Foundation, SparkOC.com makes its online debut November 11 replete with all the information residents and visitors need to experience and participate in arts and cultural events throughout the county.
NEWS
October 14, 2005
Yearlong study is part of a national effort to determine how arts organizations affect economic activity.The City Council has approved the arts commission's request to undertake an economic impact report regarding the arts in Laguna Beach. The impact report was one part of the commission's cultural arts plan for 2005-10. Laguna Beach was asked to participate in a national study being undertaken by Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts.
NEWS
April 23, 2004
Suzie Harrison If Laguna Beach's multitude of arts organizations were restaurants, then they wouldn't have enough cooks in the kitchen. Stuart Byer, who's on the California Choreographers Dance Festival's board and on the forefront of the art scene, said the art community's noticeably short of board members. "I think the problem is, referring to our wonderful mix of 22 arts organizations in town, that we all work so hard to make the missions of our [own]
BUSINESS
By Candice Baker | June 7, 2007
A recent study finds that Laguna Beach leads the nation in nonprofit arts organizations' economic impact on a per capita basis. "Arts & Economic Prosperity III," conducted by Americans for the Arts, finds that Laguna's per capita spending is 1 1/2 times that of the second place city, Miami. The city, the Alliance for the Arts, and the Visitors and Conference Bureau held a press conference Wednesday to release the findings; the city's participation in the study was sponsored by the groups.
NEWS
October 31, 2003
Suzie Harrison Since the Arts Commission and the Cultural Arts Department introduced the Community Cultural Plan in 1995, a majority of the goals have been achieved and now they are seeking community involvement. To that end, the "Community Questionnaire" has been developed and the Arts Commission is seeking input in creating art goals that are best for Laguna Beach. "We would like to encourage the community to give us their views concerning the arts, their aspirations and hope for the development of arts and culture within the city," arts manager Sian Poeschl said.
NEWS
June 21, 2002
The Laguna Beach Arts Coordinator is accepting information for the fifth edition of the Laguna Beach Art Directory. The directory is a listing of artists (residing, working or exhibiting), arts organizations and galleries in the city. To be listed in the directory complete the relevant form at the Community Services Department. Even those currently listed must submit updated information. Information should be returned by Sept. 9. Faxed copies will not be accepted.
NEWS
February 7, 2003
Suzie Harrison Arts organizations all over the city are seeing the fruits of the business improvement district. Funds from the tax have gone to art-oriented groups big and small to enhance their work in the city. "The idea was initiated by the hotels as a self-imposed tax approved by the City Council," Sian Poeschl city arts coordinator said. The money brought a 2% increase in tax with 1% of it going to the Laguna Beach Visitors Bureau and 1% going toward the arts.
NEWS
May 30, 2003
Suzie Harrison Started five years ago as a way to better organize and promote Laguna's arts community, the Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts is gaining more and more respect each year from local leaders and artists as an invaluable resource. City Arts Coordinator Sian Poeschl was one of the creators of the alliance, now made up of 22 local arts organizations. Its mission statement, Poeschl said, is to serve as an advocate for the arts, promote collaboration and networking among artists and art organizations and ensure inclusion of the arts as essential to all city planning.
NEWS
February 26, 2009
The Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts will honor Michael Ramirez at the third annual Art Star Awards to be March 18 at [seven-degrees]. Ramirez will be keynote speaker and recipient of the Prestigious Art Star Award. Organizations, business and individuals who have contributed and shaped the arts and culture of the community and the county will also be acknowledged. “The enlightenment and enjoyment the performing and visual arts bring us all cannot be taken for granted.
NEWS
June 3, 2005
Suzie Harrison The Laguna Beach Arts Commission has chosen a "bird house" sculpture by Julia Klemek for the Village Green sculpture competition. The Village Green sculpture site is located in Village Green Park at the corner of Monterey Street and Catalina Avenue. The project will be located in a treed area of the park. It was requested by the sculpture guidelines that the subject should be inspired by nature, figurative and visually appealing. Klemek's 7-foot-tall ceramic sculpture, "Green Man with Red Birds" will be part person, part tree, and will house birds in its heart.
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NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | September 19, 2012
Laguna Beach is all about art - unless it's about money - according to the five City Council candidates at the Arts Alliance forum, which was held at the air-conditioned Playhouse on a sweltering Saturday. The candidates all pledged their allegiance to the arts as collectors and as potential or past city officials who recognize the cultural and financial value of the city's reputation as an art colony that brings visitors to town. However, candidates Jane Egly, Verna Rollinger, Steven Dicterow and Robert Whalen drew the line at spending city money to create or fund a foundation to support arts organizations or institutions and improvement they might be considering.
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NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | July 3, 2012
Art does more than enhance the city's reputation - it pays off. A June 28 report by Americans for the Arts concluded that Laguna Beach nonprofit arts and culture activities pumped more than $49 million into the local economy in 2010, provided more than 1,350 jobs in town and generated $4.6 million in local and state revenue. "It is a wise move for the city to support the arts," said Arts Commissioner Pat Kollenda. "People who are drawn to the city by our art and cultural events park in our lots, eat in our excellent restaurants, stay in our hotels and shop in our stores and galleries, as well as buy tickets to events.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 2012
Art alliance awarded grant The Laguna Beach Community Foundation has granted $3,500 to the Laguna Beach Alliance of the Arts (LBaa), a grouping of 22 local arts organizations. The grant will help the 10-year-old alliance manage its spending while carrying out its mission, LBaa officials announced in a news release. Established in 2002, the alliance has a three-pronged goal. According to a mission statement posted on the alliance's website , LBaa exists to "serve as an advocate for the arts; promote collaboration and networking among artists and arts organizations; and ensure the inclusion of the arts as essential to all city planning.
NEWS
August 4, 2011
Glennwood House fund established The Glennwood House has created a fund at the Laguna Beach Community Foundation, in an effort to raise almost $3.4 million for renovating its housing community. Funds raised will go toward building state-of-the-art dormitory-style living quarters that will house up to 50 people at a time, according to a news release. The accommodations will comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The 17,000-square-foot facility at Ruby Street and South Coast Highway will offer adults with developmental disabilities a place to live.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | May 21, 2009
Laguna Beach hotels and motels will continue for at least another fiscal year to underwrite arts organizations that help fill their rooms. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to extend until June 30, 2010, the Laguna Beach Business Improvement District agreement, a 2% assessment levied on all Laguna Beach lodging establishments, commonly referred to as the BID. The assessment is levied in addition to the bed taxes paid to the city by...
ENTERTAINMENT
By Cindy Frazier | March 26, 2009
FOR THE RECORD: The story, ?Artists and arts advocates take center stage,? in the March 20 issue should have said that Robert Schaar is a fine art painter, and his wife is Jacqueline.. Never mind the fog ? the stars were out Wednesday night. The Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts? third annual Art Star awards ceremony had cutting-edge music and dance, and a big crowd of artists, writers and their supporters gathered to celebrate achievements both behind the scenes and in the public eye. Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez was the keynote speaker, and set a tone of high accomplishment and gratitude in his field.
NEWS
February 26, 2009
The Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts will honor Michael Ramirez at the third annual Art Star Awards to be March 18 at [seven-degrees]. Ramirez will be keynote speaker and recipient of the Prestigious Art Star Award. Organizations, business and individuals who have contributed and shaped the arts and culture of the community and the county will also be acknowledged. “The enlightenment and enjoyment the performing and visual arts bring us all cannot be taken for granted.
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