Nathaniel Ayers, who is also known as The Soloist, played the Hall of Administration today after being presented with a Scroll of Appreciation by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. The Supervisor honored Mr. Ayers for representing Los Angeles County at the upcoming 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at the White House with President Barack Obama.
From The Front Page Online:
If CNN, in the market for a successor to Larry King, had been in the room this morning at City Hall and caught the latest from County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, they might have requested his telephone number.
As the center-ring attraction for 75 collegiates who just had received a plum gift from the Board of Supervisors, Mr. Ridley-Thomas, the most versatile, most show biz-savvy, most intellectual and, emphatically, the most oratorically blessed of the five Sups, spellbound his audience for what might have been the fastest 15 minutes in politics.
In a tantalizingly florid but seldom witnessed scene from the rocky marriage between a benevolent government and a needy community, 75 arts interns gathered in Council Chambers this morning for a faith-restoring ceremony that melted all ice within a five-mile radius.
The collegians — from 35 universities — came to say thank you, largely but not entirely, to Mr. Ridley-Thomas.
He was the bulldog force last week behind a Board of Sups vote that will make this a summer to remember.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors established the Arts Internship Program (which provides internships for nonprofit performing, presenting, literary and municipal arts organizations) as a companion program to the Getty Multicultural Internship Program in 2000 (which provides internships to museums and visual arts organizations). The purpose of the County’s program is to provide undergraduate students with meaningful on-the-job training and experience in working in nonprofit arts organizations, while assisting arts organizations to develop future arts leaders and advocates. Through this program, students develop a deeper understanding of the work involved in nonprofit arts administration, better understand the role of the arts in a community and develop “real life” business skills that can be put to use in their future careers. During the ten week summer internships, participating organizations gain the assistance of a motivated student to help with special or seasonal projects. Participating organizations also play an important role in developing potential new leaders and advocates in the arts sector, who may go on to pursue careers in arts administration or take on board or volunteer responsibilities.
The Los Angeles County Arts Commission gratefully acknowledges the support of The Getty Foundation in providing the funding for the educational program components of the Los Angeles County Arts Internship Program.
On Tuesday, March 2, 2010, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will vote on a motion to restore funding for the Arts Internship Program. The motion is to restore funding for the program in the amount of $250,000, a 50% reduction from FY 2008-09. If restored, the funding would support 75 internships during the summer of 2010, down from 125 internships funded in the previous year.
More information (PDF)
Take Action on the Arts for LA Website
View Supervisor Ridley-Thomas’ Board Motions to Restore Funding:
– Arts Internship Program (June 22, 2009)
– Funding for the Arts Internship Program (September 22, 2009)
The Culver City Backlot Film Festival – which includes four days of screening features, shorts, documentaries and student films – begins Wednesday, October 7 and runs through Saturday, October 10, at the Vets Auditorium.
“Toot Blues” trailer: