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Support the Arts in L.A. This #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday at the Getty Center

Today is the second annual #GivingTuesday, a new social movement that invites us all to pause for a single day during the holiday season to celebrate the spirit of community and generosity—and to encourage giving to charities that are close to our hearts.

In Los Angeles, many arts organizations large and small are participating in #GivingTuesday and asking for critical year-end support to keep their programs and spaces humming. Here are several local arts organizations asking for your support, and how they’ll used funds to keep L.A.’s arts community thriving throughout 2014. Many of these organizations offer membership programs and volunteer opportunities, as well as options for monetary donations. See a full list of arts and culture nonprofits participating in #GivingTuesday here.

Do you know a great arts organization in L.A. participating in #GivingTuesday? Let us know and we’ll add it to the list!

  • 18th Street Arts Center (@18thStreetArts)—This artists’ residency program in Santa Monica provokes public dialogue through contemporary art-making. Donate today and trustees will match all donations.
    Learn about giving to the 18th Street Arts Center »
  • 24th Street Theatre (@24thST)—Living the pledge “more than just plays,” this innovative theater nonprofit uses art as a creative tool to bring people together in the historic University Park neighborhood.
    Learn about giving to 24th Street Theatre »
  • The Autry (@TheAutry)—The museum of the West and its peoples and cultures, the Autry uses contributions to its annual fund to present exhibitions and programs and conserve its vast and diverse collection.
    Learn more about giving to the Autry »
  • Barnsdall Art Park (@barnsdall)—Works to nurture Barnsdall Park as a dynamic and vibrant artistic, cultural, and recreational destination. Events for families and residents include Friday night wine tastings, Saturday outdoor movie nights, and free art workshops every Sunday.
    Learn about giving to Barnsdall »
  • Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (@CAP_UCLA)—Donations to UCLA’s cutting-edge venue for dance, theater, spoken word, and music support Design for Sharing (DFS), free K–12 arts education programs dedicated to making the performing arts an accessible and inspirational part of children’s lives.
    Learn about giving to the Center for the Art of Performance »
  • Fowler Museum at UCLA (@fowlermuseum)—Global arts and cultures meet contemporary art and programs on UCLA’s campus. The Fowler Fund supports artists-in-residence, free bus transportation for underserved schools, and free arts and performance workshops.
    Learn more about giving to the Fowler »
  • Hammer Museum (@hammer_museum)—With a unique mission to connect the classics to the contemporary, the Hammer offers dynamic exhibitions and a remarkable line-up of public programs, which are always free.
    Learn about giving to the Hammer Museum »
  • Inner-City Arts (@InnerCityArts)—Inner-City Arts offers arts education in a studio environment at the heart of L.A.’s Skid Row. The DTLA5000 Annual Fund supports programs that provide a safe and supportive environment for young people to express their creativity and develop critical life skills.
    Learn more about giving to Inner City Arts »
  • Levitt Pavilions (@LevittPavilions)—Help this innovative nonprofit transform neglected outdoor spaces—including MacArthur Park—into community destinations where free, live music brings people together.
    Learn about giving to Levitt Pavilions »
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (@LACMA)—Both encyclopedic and experimental, LACMA has something for everyone. Donations to the LACMA Fund support free programs throughout the year, including Family Sundays, free admission to the museum, mobile art trucks, and more.
    Learn about giving to LACMA »
  • Los Angeles Fund for Public Education (@lafund)—The L.A. Fund advocates for the students of LAUSD, nearly 80% of whom live in circumstances of poverty. They tackle critical student needs, including the “creativity crisis” left by cuts to arts education.
    Learn more about donating to the LA Fund »
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) (@MOCAlosangeles)—One of the world’s finest collections of contemporary art is right here in L.A. Support for MOCA enables cutting-edge exhibitions, as well as education programs for all ages.
    Learn about giving to MOCA »
  • Music Center (@MusicCenterLA)—Donate to the Music Center to support fun arts programs in the Center’s seven remarkable venues, as well as in classrooms across L.A.
    Learn more about giving to the Music Center »
  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (@NHMLA)—Art and science, nature and culture come together at three museums that inspire connections to one another and our world. Its NHM Next Campaign is transforming the museum into a learning oasis for a 21st-century L.A.
    Learn more about giving to the Natural History Museum »
  • Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA) (@SMMoA)—Santa Monica’s contemporary art space is dedicated to the idea that all members of society should have access to art. Its Annual Fund supports free admission and innovative programs for tens of thousands of students each year.
    Learn about giving to SMMoA »
  • Skirball Cultural Center (@Skirball_LA)—A Jewish cultural institution, museum, and event venue, the Skirball envisions a society in which everyone can feel at home. Donations support exhibitions, public events, and K–12 programs throughout the year.
    Learn about giving to the Skirball »
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