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Posted on 05/15/2020

LOS ANGELES Councilmember Paul Krekorian is authorizing $200,000 in Arts Development Fees to theaters in Council District 2 to continue paying rent and operating expenses during the COIVD-19 pandemic. The theaters can begin applying early next week for the funds, which are being administered through the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.The public health requirements around COVID-19 have devastated live theater in the NoHo Arts District and throughout my district, said Krekorian, who represents the area. The funds will help these institutions survive until they can once again provide the extraordinary productions that have thrilled theatergoers for decades.

Councilmember Krekorian noted that the NoHo Arts District, which he termed a cultural treasure, is home to the second-largest concentration of theaters in the country.

The Department of Cultural Affairs applauds Councilmember Krekorian and his team for doing everything possible to safeguard theaters and creative spaces in Council District 2, said Danielle Brazell, General Manager of the Department of Cultural Affairs. This direct assistance will provide cultural programming to uplift our spirits and enhance our emotional wellbeing, while protecting the cultural organizations that contribute to the civic life and economic vitality of our communities.

Its appropriate that Los Angeles, with its worldwide reputation for excellence in the arts, would do everything possible to assist the NoHo Arts District, said Krekorian. I am profoundly grateful to the Department of Cultural Affairs for its critical work in making these funds available so quickly.