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Five things to know this Monday morning:
1.) Downey Art Vibe is asking the City Council to pay the rent on its Stay Gallery space for an additional three years. The gallery opened in October 2012, after the city council agreed to pay the gallery’s rent for two years using Art in Public Places funding.
“Our ask is for $75,000 to supplement the next three years of general operating costs for Stay Gallery as an entire program,” Downey Art Vibe officials said in a visual presentation delivered to the City Council last month. “Our ask would come out to be $25,000 per year for the next three years. …In turn, this will allow us to focus on making a difference while becoming more competitive in fundraising as an organization.”
Former mayor Kirk Cartozian, who is chairman of the gallery’s board of directors, says the funding is not only warranted “but also is exactly for what the City of Downey’s Art in Public Places Program was created.”
“I can think of no better way to utilize a relatively small percentage of the Art in Public Places fund than to extend the rent funding of Stay Gallery for an additional three years,” Cartozian wrote in a letter of support. “By doing so, Downey Art Vibe and Stay Gallery will be able to stand on their own two feet and to command the attention of other funding sources.”
Downey Art Vibe’s extended funding request also has the support of DUSD Superintendent Dr. John Garcia, assistant superintendent Dr. Robert Jagielski, and other community leaders.
2.) Speaking of Downey Art Vibe, they are partnering with the Downey Historical Society and Downey Museum of Art for an Aug. 22 exhibit showing what Downey looked like 100 years ago.
3.) Local photographer and musician John Zander is starting a new blues band and needs a bass player. If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
4.) The Columbia Memorial Space Center has partnered with Google. Press-Telegram
5.) Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard toured Downey healthcare facilities last Thursday, including Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. She is pictured with Rancho CEO Jorge Orozco and Jay Cramer, a former Rancho Los Amigos patient who has become a peer mentor at the hospital.