Museum Receives Grants for Increased Programming


Live! at the Museum is a new programming initiative that takes place the second Thursday of every month
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Museum Receives Grants for Increased Programming

Laguna Art Museum recently received grants of $4,000 from the Laguna Beach Community Foundation and $10,000 from Pacific Life Foundation. Both grants will support community engagement programming at the museum on Thursday evenings.
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In February 2012, then new executive director Malcolm Warner instituted new hours of operation, keeping the museum open until 9:00 p.m. every Thursday.
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“The idea was to give people an alternative time to visit, outside of the working day and the weekend,” said Dr. Warner. “The change opened up opportunities for extra programming, and over the past year we have built up our regular Thursday evening offerings almost to capacity, which these grants will now support.”
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Thursday night programming at Laguna Art Museum includes the artist discussion series Conversation With…, which takes place the first Thursday of every month during the Laguna Beach Art Walk, in addition to the occasional dance performance staged by Laguna Dance Festival; the chamber music concert series Live! at the Museum, which is produced in conjunction with Laguna Beach Live! on the second Thursday of each month; film nights with the Laguna Beach Film Society on third Thursdays; and various kinds of presentations, including talks and lectures on aspects of the museum’s collection and current exhibitions, and California art and culture generally, on fourth and fifth Thursdays.
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“These grants help us to continue our robust schedule of programming, and to maintain our newfound partnerships with other organizations such as Laguna Beach Live! and Laguna Dance Festival,” said Dr. Warner. “We want to do all we can to engage the community and our Thursday evening programs play a big part in that. We hope people will take advantage of them and visit the museum often. There‚Äôs always something new and different to enjoy.”

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