Category Archives: Art Exhibits

Mayor Garcetti Announces New Fund for Art and Culture in Public Spaces

Los Angeles, Calif. –  The Arts Activation Fund, which will award $200,000 in grants to support the creation and installation of art and cultural projects throughout Los Angeles.

Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the launch of a $200,000 grant program that will support the work of local artists and bring new vibrancy to public spaces across L.A.

The Arts Activation Fund, a partnership between Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), will provide funding to artists with inspiring ideas for public art projects and cultural events in their neighborhoods.

“Art has the power to transform our perception, attitude and behavior — and is especially impactful when it lives in places that are accessible to everyone,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The Arts Activation Fund will support the creative genius that thrives in our city, and give Angelenos an opportunity to reimagine public spaces in their neighborhoods as vibrant, exciting, and creative places.”

The $200,000 fund, established with the support of the L.A. City Council, will be allocated to between eight and 15 projects, with each project eligible to receive as much as $15,000. The program is designed to fund a range of projects across the City that complement the unique character of their neighborhoods. In this spirit, the fund will prioritize artists with proposals for their own neighborhoods, and whose projects have strong support from their local communities.

The projects can take the form of temporary objects, installations, or experiences that are free to the community and situated in public places or within public view anywhere in the City. They will be conceived, developed, and presented within a two- to three-month timeline. Individual artists, collectives, limited partnerships, nonprofit organizations, and commercial businesses across the City are all eligible to apply.

“Through the work in my committee, we reactivated the Mural Ordinance, revived the Arts Development Fee resulting in millions of dollars for new public art, and guided the new Arts Activation Fund, which will contribute to Los Angeles as a city that values its arts and culture,” said Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, Chair of the City’s Arts, Parks, and Los Angeles River Committee. “I want to thank DCA General Manager Danielle Brazell and her staff for their work to identify even more opportunities for artists to shine in the City of Los Angeles.”

The Arts Activation Fund propels Mayor Garcetti’s effort to improve public spaces across the City through community place-making and public art. Last year, the City launched a $200,000 Great Streets Challenge Grant Program that funded eight community projects to reimagine their Great Streets as public spaces.

“Public spaces in our neighborhoods and along our City’s Great Streets provide an open canvas for us to use our creative strength to animate and activate our communities through arts and culture,” said Danielle Brazell, General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. “The Arts Activation Fund connects local artists to these spaces and the people indigenous to them to reinforce neighborhood identities and celebrate L.A.’s diversity.”

For more information, and to submit a proposal for funding through the Arts Activation Fund, To find out more about Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets initiative,



San Diego, Calif. –    Sean Astin, actor, director, voice artist, and producer best known for his film roles as Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Mikey Walsh in The Goonies, and the title character of Rudy and currently stars in the new FX drama series The Strain, will be at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday July 26th, and Sunday, July 27th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (subject to change) at Hollywood’s leading entertainment auction house, PROFILES IN HISTORY,  booth 1605.

Sean Astin will make a personal appearance at Comic-Con in San Diego, July 26 and July 27, 2014, Booth 1605.
Sean Astin will make a personal appearance at Comic-Con in San Diego, July 26 and July 27, 2014, Booth 

PIH Logo 300Wht PROFILES IN HISTORY HOSTS CELEBRITY GUEST, SEAN ASTIN, AT SAN DIEGO COMIC CON  2014unnamedProfiles in History will be at San Diego Comic-Con from July 24th to the 27th, located at booth 1605.

About Profiles In History:

Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the world’s largest auctioneer & dealer of original Hollywood Memorabilia, historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts.

Baseball! The Exhibition opens April 4, 2014 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

Discover the Rarest and Most Iconic
Baseball Artifacts in “Baseball! The Exhibition”

At the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum Presidential Foundation. April 4 – September 4, 2014


(SIMI VALLEY, Calif.) Just in time for the opening week of Major League Baseball, Baseball! The Exhibition opens April 4, 2014 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. Running through September 4, 2014, Baseball is a 12,000 square foot exhibition featuring over 700 artifacts, including some of the rarest, historic and iconic baseball memorabilia from the largest known private collector in the U.S. The exhibit displays extraordinary artifacts from Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, and scores of other historically

Babe Ruth's signature baseball bat will be one of many artifacts on display at the Reagan Library's Baseball! The Exhibition” April 4, 2014 through September 4, 2014.

important players and organizations. Also featured will be rare artifacts related to Ronald Reagan and baseball from his days calling Chicago Cubs games, to signed balls and jerseys he received while President.

“I really do love baseball and I wish we could do this out on the lawn every day,” President Reagan remarked on May 11, 1983 on the South Lawn as part of a White House Ceremony observing National Amateur Baseball Month. “I wouldn’t even complain if a stray ball came through the Oval Office window now and then.”

“Nothing is more American than baseball,” said John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. “Baseball fans of all ages are going to be astounded by the array of iconic baseball pieces on display. ‘Baseball the Exhibition’ is the perfect way to spend an afternoon with family, friends, and fellow baseball fans.”

The exhibition celebrates the great American pastime of baseball by showcasing the glory days of baseball from the first balls, bats, gloves and uniforms ever used, to bringing together the most iconic pieces of baseball history, such as Joe DiMaggio’s record-setting ball that drove his 56 game hitting streak and Babe Ruth’s 1939 uniform from when he coached the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Featured items on display in Baseball! The Exhibition include:

  • An exhibit dedicated to Babe Ruth, which will display his traveling trunk, including his 1939 uniform while coaching the Brooklyn Dodgers, his baseball bat and his famous fur coat
  • A Honus Wagner trading card – the rarest and most valuable of all baseball cards
  • Jerseys/uniforms worn by Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Don Sutton, Orel Hershiser, Barry Bonds, David Ortiz, Fernando Valenzuela, Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale and more
  • Baseball hit by Barry Bonds (the homerun ball that tied Hank Aaron’s record), as well as a Hank Aaron-signed ball
  • Baseballs from Joe DiMaggio, including his record-setting ball that drove his 56 game hitting streak as well as the ball that ended the streak
  • Baseball signed by Pete Rose that broke Ty Cobb’s all-time hitting record
  • A special section featuring the history of the Brooklyn Dodgers and their legacy in Los Angeles
  • Some of the first historic bats, balls, gloves, uniforms, stadium items and folk art related to the sport as well as an unmatched collection of rare baseball cards and photographs of all the astonishing athletes who played the game
  • And so much more

The Reagan Library is located at 40 Presidential Drive in Simi Valley, California.  Public hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  The Museum is only closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.  For Museum Admission fees, please visit  Museum exhibit tickets may be pre-purchased at  For more information, call (800) 410.8354 or visit

Santa Clarita Hosts International Young Authors and Artists Exhibit

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita and the Santa Clarita Sister Cities Program will host a unique display of art and literary works of students from all over the United States and abroad.  This exhibit features the winners and finalists of Sister Cities International’s (SCI) Young Authors and Artists Showcase 2013.  It is touring the United States for a year and Santa Clarita is proud to sponsor this exhibit in the Valencia Library Community Room from January 23 to February 20, 2014.

The display will highlight an essay written by Santa Clarita’s Ashley Choi, which won SCI’s national grand prize.  It also features an artwork from Santa Clarita’s Sister City in Sariaya, Philippines, which was chosen as one of five international finalists.

The Young Authors and Artists Showcase is part of Sister Cities International’s annual youth programming.  This competition gives students (13-18 years old) the opportunity to express their ideas of global citizenship, cross-cultural communication, and global issues through art, an essay, or a poem. The Santa Clarita Valley International Program (SCVIP), through its Sister Cities Program and in partnership with the City of Santa Clarita, offers this unique opportunity to local students.  The 2014 contest in Santa Clarita is currently underway, with entries due to SCVIP on April 15, 2014.

SCVIP is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “connect local to global.”  It focuses on the development of sister city relationships and projects that promote mutually beneficial strategic alliances and international goodwill between the people of Santa Clarita and people of international cities/countries.  Santa Clarita has two sister cities – Tena, Ecuador, and Sariaya, Philippines.

For information on this exhibit or on the 2014 Young Authors and Artists Showcase, please call (661) 286-4157 or (661) 255-4317, email, or visit