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LA Arts Funders Meeting 11/8/2018

Thursday, November 8, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm PST
The Main Museum
114 West 4th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
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This meeting will feature a visit to The Main Museum, “a museum in progress,” which supports LA artists in their most experimental work and amplifies a dialogue about today’s most important issues. We will tour the current exhibition, Office Hours 2018, and hear from Museum Director Allison Agsten about the vision for The Main.

We will also have time for updates, a debrief on the GIA Conference, brainstorming 2019 meeting topics and locations and the annual holiday book exchange! Please bring an unwrapped book to share.


About Office Hours 2018

Every fall, The Main hosts Office Hours, a program that welcomes 50 Downtown LA artists to discuss their work one-on-one with Museum Director Allison Agsten. During these conversations, many artists have voiced concerns about rising rents in Los Angeles, the homeless crisis and the lack of affordable studio space. The artists are then invited to hang their art, or documentation of it, as part of an eponymous group exhibition. Now in its third year and with a total of 150 participants, Office Hours has helped forge crucial connections among artists who have met through the program, amplified the work of participating artists and inspired similar initiatives elsewhere.



Allison Agsten, Director, The Main Museum

Allison Agsten is the Director of The Main Museum. Previously, as Curator of Public Engagement at the Hammer Museum, she led a pioneering program devoted to creating an exchange between visitors and the museum through works of art. Agsten also oversaw the museum’s artist board, initiated the Hammer’s visitor services department and organized a major offsite partnership with Art + Practice, an art and social services nonprofit in south LA. Prior to her time at the Hammer, Agsten was Director of Communications at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), spearheading a number of projects related to accessibility including Reading Room, a first-of-its kind program to make rare LACMA publications available for free online. Prior to joining LACMA, Agsten covered the arts as a producer in CNN’s Los Angeles bureau.




2019 Meeting Schedule

LAAF meetings will be held on the following Thursdays from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Location information TBD.

  • January 10, 2019
  • March 14, 2019
  • May 9, 2019
  • July 11, 2019
  • September 12, 2019
  • November 14, 2019


No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Open to public and private sector grantmakers that fund arts grants in the Southern California region. Participating organizations that both make grants and solicit funds are expected to designate representatives whose role involves program and/or policy. Philanthropic consultants must be current members of Southern California Grantmakers.

If you have not attended an LA Arts Funders meeting before, please email Morgan Bennett at [email protected] to confirm your eligibility.

Please register online by 5 pm on Tuesday, November 6 if you plan to attend.

Public parking is available for $10 at 415 S. Main Street, just around the corner from The Main. You can pay with a credit card at the kiosk as you exit the garage or you can pay with cash at a kiosk located near the entrance of the garage.

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.


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