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Re: Getty role in California

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Fri, 23 Jan 1998 15:31:40 -0800 (PST)

On January 18th, "Jai in Berkeley" posted a message asking what the Getty is doing to support arts education in California. I would like to respond.

The Director of the Getty Education Institute for the Arts, Leilani Lattin Duke, was appointed by the State Superintendent, Delaine Eastin, to serve on a task force on the visual and performing arts. The final report of the task force: "Art Works" was recently punlished by the state department of education. Copies can be ordered for $11.25 by faxing 916 323-0823. The task force presents a number of reccomendations, which, if implemented by the Governor and the Legislature, would make fundamental improvements in arts education for California's students.

As an operating trust, the Getty is prohibited from engaging in direct political advocacy (i.e. supporting or opposing specific legislation). However, we are pleased to disseminate information to help those concerned about the need for more comprehensive arts education make the case.

The opening of the new Getty Center has given us an important new venue to communicate our views about the value of arts education to an enormous public audience. For example, in a few weeks we will host a reception for all the school board members and superintendents in Los Angeles County (nearly 100 school districts). The new President and CEO of the Getty, Dr. Barry Munitz, comes to us from his recent position as Chancellor of the California State University System. He has great credibility in K-12 and higher education circles across California and the nation. Munitz is an effective and important advocate for arts education.

Should you have other questions about our work in Los Angeles and in California, feel free to contact me.

-- Mark Slavkin
Los Angeles Program Officer
Getty Education Institute for the Arts