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Museum Wins NEA Grant

Not even this five image panorama is wide enough to contain Jim Denevan's entire Land Art sand drawing at north Main Beach, only steps from the Laguna Art Museum.   Photos by Mitch Ridder

 Jim Denevan’s Land Art sand drawing at north Main Beach, at last year’s Art & Nature Exhibit. Photos by Mitch Ridder

Laguna Art Museum was one of 886 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the museum announced last week.

The museum will received a $30,000 grant to support its Art & Nature exhibition, which last year featured the work of a land artist Jim Denevan. With Main Beach as his canvas, the artist planted solar lights in a pattern, stunningly revealed after dark.

This year the festival will take place at various locations throughout Laguna Beach and at the museum Nov. 6-9.

The museum’s Ed Fosmire says the NEA expressed interest in the Art and Nature festival in its first year. “We are gratified that they have chosen to support the project financially,” said the museum’s Deputy Director Ed Fosmire.

As a result, the museum will again be able to partner with dozens of local organizations to provide a festival of art and ideas for the community, inspire artists, offer scientists a sense of what their work means in the wider culture and to find and develop connections between art and science, to raise awareness of environmental issues and to celebrate an appreciation of art and nature.

“These NEA-supported projects will not only have a positive impact on local economies, but will also provide opportunities for people of all ages to participate in the arts, help our communities to become more vibrant, and support our nation’s artists as they contribute to our cultural landscape,” said acting chairman of the NEA Joan Shigekawa.

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