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2014 by the Numbers

Jim Cuno: The Getty in 2014 by the numbers

The year in review, infographic style. More»

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Why Give Time to the Arts? 6 Questions for Getty Volunteer Stephen Thorne


Say “Guten Tag!” to Stephen Thorne, one of the Getty Center’s first volunteers. More»

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Open Content, An Idea Whose Time Has Come

The Getty announces its new Open Content Program

A new commitment to share, freely and without restriction, as many of the Getty’s digital resources as possible. More»

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Our L.A., Mapped

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What place says “L.A.” to you? What’s your favorite building, corner, or monument? What is your L.A.? More»

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Ask Him Anything! Jim Cuno on Reddit This Monday

Jim sits down with Snoo, Reddit’s alien mascot
Jim sits down with Snoo, Reddit’s alien mascot, to prep himself for the upcoming Q&A.

Jim takes on Reddit. More»

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First Annual Day of Service Is a Hit

Jim Cuno at the Getty's Day of Service, March 11, 2013

Reflections on the Getty’s first annual Day of Service. More»

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New “Getty Voices” Project Features Creative Angles on Art and Culture, One Week at a Time


This morning we launched Getty Voices, a new social media project on The Iris led by a different member of the Getty community every week. More»

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The Arts on the World Economic Stage—Notes from Davos

World Economic Forum, 2013
Photo: swiss-image.ch/Moritz Hager. © World Economic Forum

Notes and video excerpts from the Getty’s participation in the World Economic Forum. More»

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New Getty Mission Statement Foregrounds Critical Thinking, Collaboration

Facets of the Getty: fostering curiosity and enjoyment, presenting and interpreting art, creating and sharing knowledge, advancing conservation practice.

As we approach the 15th anniversary of the opening of the Getty Center, which brought the Getty’s four programs together in a single place for the first time, we took the occasion to refocus the mission statement of the Getty… More»

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