Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The Los Angeles Conservancy welcomes applications for our 30th Annual Preservation Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in the field of historic preservation in L.A. County. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, January 31, 2011.
Downloadable application (MS Word): http://www.laconservancy.org/awards/PA11_application.doc
Application as Adobe PDF: http://www.laconservancy.org/awards/PA11_application.pdf
General information; info about past recipients: http://www.laconservancy.org/awards/
To qualify, projects must have been completed by December 31, 2010, be located in Los Angeles County, and meet nationally recognized standards for the treatment of historic properties and landscapes (in the case of construction or landscape projects). Recipients will be selected by an independent jury of leading experts in architecture, historic preservation, and community development. We will present the awards at a luncheon in May 2011.
The deadline for submitting applications is January 31, 2011. Each application has a non-refundable application fee of $50. You can download the application above or on our website, or request one by calling the office at (213) 623-2489.
Preservation Award winners range widely, from sensitive restoration, rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse projects, to groundbreaking advocacy and education efforts by individuals and groups. We encourage submissions from throughout Los Angeles County that illustrate the value and power of historic preservation. Construction projects may be commercial, residential, or institutional. We also encourage nominations for historic landscape projects and significant contributions to preservation education or program development. Past recipients include the Dr. Ralph J. Bunche Peace and Heritage Center, Oaklawn Bridge and Waiting Station, Palomar Senior Apartments, Point Fermin Lighthouse, City of Huntington Park Historic Preservation Ordinance, and Valley Municipal Building, among more than 200 others.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
The Los Angeles Heritage Alliance works to support heritage organizations in Los Angeles to more effectively promote and preserve the region's heritage mainly through increased communication, coordination, and collaboration between the over 225 such organizations in the region.
The Los Angeles Heritage Alliance (LAHA) was founded in 2008 to help many heritage organizations facing very similar challenges to come together to solve them without have to do so in isolation. With limited human and financial capital, many heritage organizations are challenged to fill in board members when they no longer can serve, and often historic venues are only open extremely limited hours each month, if at all. These issues, and those of a digital revolution, have stirred on heritage organizations to collectively address these issues and to raise the level of awareness and appreciation for our shared Los Angeles heritage.
Activities & Projects
Quarterly Meetings: Each quarter, heritage leaders from across LA are invited to meet to discuss the latest projects and resources of the LAHA. Additionally, each meeting features a different training seminar to add value for those traveling to be a part of the meeting. The meeting locations rotate around LA, with organizations hosting each meeting to showcase their venues and accomplishments. These meetings also provide valuable and much needed information-sharing and networking.
L.A. Heritage Portal: Launching in late 2010, The L.A. Heritage Portal is a partnership between the L.A. Heritage Alliance and ExperienceLA.com. This partnership provides a central location for all heritage events taking place in Los Angeles, which assists with planning, collaboration, and education. Each group adds their own events, and there is no cost for groups to add or update events. Additionally, this platform allows every organization to manage and update their own profile for a central listing of all heritage organizations that is current. Further, this raises the awareness of the vast heritage and activities Los Angeles has to offer, as well as providing directions to all events. Check out the LA Heritage Portal at ExperienceLA.com/heritage.
L.A. Heritage Day: L.A. Heritage Day is LAHA’s signature event. Since 2008, this event has brought together hundreds of heritage leaders and over 75 heritage organizations to set up alongside each other for one day to remind the public of the vast heritage and history of the region. Usually held the first Sunday in April, LA Heritage Day saw over 1200 attendees in 2010 and featured performances and presentations in the Heritage Showcase. Held at Heritage Square Museum, this event is free and open to the public (with a flyer!), and has become one of the leading heritage events in Southern California, with attendees coming from as far away as San Diego and Santa Barbara. This event also garners substantial media coverage from local TV, newspapers, radio, and online sources.
E-News: At least monthly, an internal communication is sent out to heritage leaders updating them on funding opportunities, training and operational resources, news, and upcoming events related to communication, marketing, partnership, and other activities to support their efforts in leadership and management.
L.A. Heritage Blog: The L.A. Heritage Alliance blog is place where news and resources can be shared from a variety of sources. Press releases from member groups related to non-event news are posted here, as well as trainings, national heritage news, and updates about LAHA-sponsors events and projects.
Membership & Structure
The L.A. Heritage Alliance is open to all heritage leaders in the Los Angeles region who lead heritage, history, cultural or preservation organizations relating to the geographic or cultural heritage of the region. The organization is solely driven by volunteers, and all projects and activities are accomplished through open committees. There is no fee to participate and no minimum level of participation. Multiple leaders from an organization or entity are encouraged to participate, and active participation from across Los Angeles has resulted in a richer alliance.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
IMLS Calls for 2011 Museums for America Grant Applications
Deadline: November 1, 2010
Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications to its largest museum grant program, Museums for America (MFA), for fiscal year 2011. Museums for America grants provide up to $150,000 in funding and support projects that strengthen a museum’s capacity to serve its community.
Museums for America grants are awarded in the following areas:
1. Engaging communities (education, exhibition, and interpretation)
2. Building institutional capacity (management, policy, and training)
3. Collections stewardship (management of collections)
Through these broad categories, IMLS supports a full range of museum activities including digitization of collections, staff training, research, exhibitions, educational programs, Web site enhancement and development, collections management, and other similar activities.
MFA grants are available to museums of all types and sizes that fulfill the eligibility criteria and are located in the United States or its territories. Applicants are required to demonstrate that proposed grant activities are clearly linked to the institution’s strategic plan and will enhance the museum’s ties and value to its community.
Webinar with MFA Grants Staff
Learn more about the MFA program at an upcoming webinar. MFA program staff will talk about the grant program, the grant application process, and answer participants’ questions:
Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 3 pm Eastern Time
Webinar link: http://instmus.acrobat.com/mfa-applicants/
Conference call number: 1-888-850-4523; Participant Passcode: 761243
Test your computer’s compatibility with Adobe Connect Pro by visiting the following link: http://my.adobe.acrobat.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm. We recommend you do this well before the conference begins.
Participants may begin logging in to the webinar up to 10 minutes prior to the conference start time. We recommend you log in to the webinar before calling the conference call line. If you do not have a computer available, you may participate solely through the conference call line.
Application guidelines and instructions are available here: http://www.imls.gov/applicants/grants/forAmerica.shtm.
Please direct any questions about the MFA program to Sandra Narva, senior program officer, 202-653-4634, email@example.com ; Steve Shwartzman, senior program officer, 202-653-4641, firstname.lastname@example.org; Reagan Moore, program specialist, 202-653-4637, email@example.com; or Allison Boals, program specialist, 202-653-4702, firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Downtown's Historic Thoroughfare
One-time-only tour of historic sites along L.A.'s Seventh Street
Sunday, November 7, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$30 ($25 for Conservancy members, $10 for kids 12 and under)
Tickets on sale now!
Park your car and stroll with us down a mile of history! On Sunday, November 7, the Los Angeles Conservancy will hold a one-time-only tour exploring the rich history and architectural gems of downtown L.A.'s Seventh Street. The main shopping destination for Angelenos for half a century, the area is the latest frontier in downtown's revitalization, with loft-style residential conversions, fine restaurants, and great nightlife.
Spanning from Figueroa to Los Angeles Streets, the event is "open-house" style. You can stroll down Seventh at your own pace, stopping at eight sites for guided tours:
- Fine Arts Building (Walker & Eisen, 1927) - Built to provide space for artists’ studios and workshops, this remarkable building features a lobby that served as exhibition space for the upstairs tenants. The lobby is a work of art in its own right, with its spectacular installation of Batchelder tile.
- Broadway Plaza, now Macy’s Plaza (Charles Luckman Associates, 1973) - This plaza offers an interesting modern note on Seventh Street. The circular glass Polaris Room atop the Sheraton Hotel, with its spectacular views, was once a rotating restaurant known as Angel's Flight.
- Brock & Co., now Seven Grand (Dodd and Richards, 1922) - Once dubbed the “Tiffany’s of California,” Brock’s provided jewelry and china to an elite clientele. The building later housed Clifton’s Silver Spoon cafeteria and now serves as home to the super-hip whiskey bar Seven Grand.
- Coulter’s Dry Goods & Henning Building, now The Mandel (Architects unknown, 1917) - Coulter’s Dry Goods was Los Angeles’ oldest mercantile establishment when it moved to its sixth location in 1917. Now combined with its small neighbor to the west, the building offers loft-style housing with an amazing rooftop garden.
- St. Vincent’s Court - A unique urban space, St. Vincent’s Court is at the heart of the former Bullock’s Department Store complex. The working alley has eclectic charm and a surprising history.
- Hellman Commercial Trust & Savings Bank, now SB Spring (Schultze and Weaver, 1925) - This spectacular bank lobby, with beautiful ornamental ceilings by Giovanni Smeraldi, is a study in marble and bronze opulence.
- Overell’s, now Dearden’s Home Furnishings (Architect unknown, 1906) - Celebrating 100 years as a downtown business, Dearden’s Home Furnishings eventually occupied a building originally built for the furniture store Overell’s. Dearden’s is a neighborhood icon and an old-school classic with four floors of merchandise and services.
- Santee Court (Arthur W. Angel, 1911) - Located in the birthplace of L.A.’s fashion district, Santee Court’s vintage industrial buildings are now a thriving loft-style housing complex, centered on a pedestrian courtyard.
The tour materials will point out more than twenty other interesting sites along the route, as well as suggestions for local dining.
Tickets are $30 for the general public, $25 for L.A. Conservancy members, and $10 for children ages 12 and under. Tickets are available online at http://lac.laconservancy.org/7
See you on Seventh!
Vintage postcard from the collection of Marlene Laskey.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
“I've been doing this about 30 years now as a nonprofit executive. I can tell you there was nothing at all boilerplate about it...[EDLI brings] a perspective that deals with the practicality, the reality, and the day-to-day things that we need to do.”
- Hillary Selvin, Executive Director
National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles
As an experienced Executive Director, you know how much your organization depends on you to be an ever-stronger manager, strategic thinker, and inspirational leader. The Wells Fargo Executive Directors Leadership Institute (EDLI) is a unique program that provides practical teachings, customized executive coaching, and support of colleagues so that you are even better able to guide your organization toward success and sustainability.
The dynamic year-long program begins October 21, 2010, but the deadline to apply is September 10. Click here to view the 2010 brochure and application.
If you're not a nonprofit executive director yourself, don't let a friend or colleague miss out on this incredible opportunity, and help ESC spread the word!
From the Museum of the San Fernando Valley & the Studio City Neighborhood Council...
From the Museum of the San Fernando Valley & the Studio City Neighborhood Council...
75TH Anniversary of Republic Pictures
The Cultural Affairs Committee of the Studio City Neighborhood Council and the Museum of the San Fernando Valley (a 501 (c ) 3) are presenting to the public, free of charge, a 75th anniversary celebration of Republic Pictures from 11 am. – 5 pm at the former Republic Studios lot, CBS Studio Center, 4204 Radford Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604. Stars such as Adrian Booth, Anne Jeffreys, Ben Cooper, and Peggy Stewart are slated to attend. Leonard Malton, the famed film critic, will moderate one of the star panels.
Volunteers are needed...
Friday, September 24th
after 4 pm -- approx 9 pm to set up.
Saturday, September 25
-8:30 am – 10:30 am to set up
-10:45 am to 5:00 pm (2 hr 15 min shifts throughout the day to distribute programs and provide visitor assistance.)
5 pm to approx. 7 pm to break down and clean up
Sunday, September 26
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. to break down and clean up
All volunteers will be asked to attend an orientation September 18th. Everyone who attends the orientation will be given a private tour of CBS Studio Center. Please contact email@example.com if you are interested.
On the day of the event, all volunteers will be identified by a 75th anniversary button. They will also be provided a meal ticket as well as water (stationed at the volunteer green room). Dress: Respectable attire: no ripped garments/shoes, no off-color emblems or slogans on garments, etc.
Festivities include screenings of Republic films, serials and trailers, live performances of swing and western music, entertainment by gun spinners, rope twirlers, trick horses, and cowboy poets, and a diverse collection of memorabilia and merchants. In addition, a speaker’s forum with prominent industry experts and Republic celebrities will discuss a range of topics from creating sci-fi special effects to tales of working at Republic Pictures. A special Republic Pictures stamp cancellation ceremony of the U.S. Postal Service’s Cowboys of the Silver Screen postage stamps will take place and be available for sale.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
San Francisco, CA (May 14, 2010) –Today, the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced the opening of the application period for the second round of grants from the Los Angeles County Preservation Fund. Funded jointly by the Ahmanson Foundation, the Getty Foundation and the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, the Los Angeles County Preservation Fund provides seed monies (typical award $5,000 to $10,000) to nonprofit organizations and government agencies for preservation, stewardship, and community revitalization involving historic resources across Los Angeles County.
“We created this dedicated source of financial support to increase public awareness of the wealth of heritage resources, advocacy efforts, and historic preservation projects in greater Los Angeles County,” said Anthea Hartig, director of the National Trust Western Office in San Francisco. “The first twelve grants highlight chapters in the diverse heritage of America’s most populous county. In addition to fostering civic pride and encouraging thoughtful stewardship of sites of community memory, projects funded by the Los Angeles County Preservation Fund also inspire additional fundraising and yield substantial economic activity.”
Intended to build credibility and public awareness of historic preservation activities, the seed grants give momentum to community preservation projects getting off the ground, providing capital in early stages and at critical junctures. A required dollar-for-dollar match means that the grants act as fundraising catalysts, leveraging additional financial support and community buy-in.
Grant awards will support activities and projects such as:
- Professional consulting services in areas that include architecture, archaeology, engineering, preservation or land-use planning, economics, organizational development, media relations and law;
- Bricks-and-mortar construction activities at historic sites and structures;
- Surveys and inventories of historic resources;
- Educational workshops, outreach activities, or community forums; and
- Designing and producing printed materials or other media communications to advance historic preservation.
The initial round of the Los Angeles County Preservation Fund generated a thematically and geographically diverse group of projects, including preservation of two 19th century ranch homes, the gateways to Chinatown’s Central Plaza, and a mid-century modern resource with intimate links to architects Richard and Dion Neutra’s evolving design ideas. To learn full details of first twelve projects go tohttp://www.preservationnation.
City governments, government agencies, and 501(c) (3) nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. The application deadline for the second grant round will close on June 15, 2010 (postmarked). Individuals and private, for profit businesses are not eligible to apply. For the Los Angeles County Preservation Fund application, as well as complete guidelines and instructions, please see: www.preservationnation.org/
Funds may not be used: to acquire property or purchase equipment; to conduct academic research; for salaries, operating, or overhead expenses; or to raise general operating funds towards capital campaign goals.
The Los Angeles County Preservation Fund is coordinated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation Western Office, in San Francisco, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Conservancy, a Partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Applicants are required to contact the National Trust for Historic Preservation Western Office for assistance in identifying an appropriate eligible project prior to submitting an application. For further information, please contact Melita Jureša-McDonald, Elizabeth Boylan or Hugh Rowland in the Western Office, 415.947.0692
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Vincent Lugo Park, San Gabriel
The Los Angeles Conservancy, its Modern Committee, and the Friends of La Laguna invite kids of all ages to a special picnic a truly unique playground: La Laguna de San Gabriel, a sand-filled "lagoon" of whimsical sea creatures handcrafted in the mid-1960s by master concrete artist Benjamin Dominguez.
This "Monster Park" will host a May Day afternoon of games, lunch, and architecture-inspired ice cream sandwiches from the Coolhaus truck. Admission is $15 for the general public, $10 for L.A. Conservancy members, and $5 for kids twelve and under (admission includes lunch, a Coolhaus ice cream sandwich, and games). Reservations are required and available on the L.A. Conservancy site.
The Friends won a 2009 Conservancy Preservation Award for their Historic Structures Report and Preservation Plan. They've launched a $1.2 million capital campaign to implement the plan and recently received a $250,000 grant from the California Cultural and Historical Endowment. The playground is now an official City of San Gabriel landmark and the only postwar playground listed in the California Register of Historical Resources.
Photo by Eloy Zarate.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
From the Valley College Historical Museum...
Metal into Words
The Martin M. Cooper Typewritter Collection
On Exhibit at the L.A. Valley College
Exhibit from March 24 through April 30, 2010
OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION: MARCH 24, 2010
TIME: 5:00 PM AT THE MUSEUM (Bungalow 15/16)
LIGHT REFRESHMENTS SERVED
To RSVP for the Reception, please contact
Mr. Bill Carpenter at (818)947-2373
or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
|About Us |
The L.A. Valley College Historical Museum is an auxiliary of the Los Angeles Valley College Foundation. Founded in 1975 by Dr. James Dodson, the mission of the Museum is to collect, preserve, and promote historical artifacts as it relates to the history of the San Fernando Valley. It also serves as a repository for Los Angeles Valley College historical collections.