Arts & Entertainment

LA-based organizations to receive Irvine Foundation grants

The James Irvine Foundation today announced $7 million in new grants statewide. Los Angeles-based artistic, cultural, educational and political reform organizations will get about a third of the total.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History will receive one of the largest chunks of the money — $1 million — to support a new exhibition about Southern California nature, culture and history.

A $400,000 grant was awarded to the Green Dot Education Project to help restructure Alain Leroy Locke Senior High School into nine small schools.

Shakespeare Festival L.A., California Presenters, L.A. Stage Alliance and the Center for Cultural Innovation — all based in Los Angeles — will receive a combined total of $600,000.

The private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation also gave:
— $1.2 million to the Institute for Local Government to support and promote inclusive public engagement in local and regional governance and
decision making;

— $1 million to the Pew Charitable Trusts to strengthen California's
nonprofit arts and cultural sector; and

— $585,000 to the University of California Board of Regents, to provide the public with information and technical assistance to facilitate broad participation in the 2010-2011 redistricting process.