Art collector and local resident Yvonne Boseker, the Pacific Life Foundation, and the Laguna Beach Community Foundation have pledged generous donations to the Laguna Art Museum.
Boseker will provide the museum with $100,000 and establish the Edward H. and Yvonne J. Boseket Fund for Early California Art – named for her husband and herself – that will be used to conserve and frame works in the museum’s permanent collection, and host exhibitions and educational programs about early California art.
“Ed and I both felt, and I still believe that we are just caretakers of this art," Boseker said. "It was here before us and will be here long after us, if everyone does their part to take care of it. As caretakers, it is our responsibility to take excellent care of it and to always be willing to share it with others. This was my goal in establishing the Boseker Fund for Early California Art at Laguna Art Museum.”
Boseker has been a long-time supporter of the museum, and she and her husband lent works to its 1986 exhibition Early Artists in Laguna Beach.
The museum also received grants from the Pacific Life Foundation and the Laguna Beach Community Foundation. The former provided $10,000 and the latter provided $4,000, both grants supporting community engagement programming at the museum on Thursday evenings.
Thanks to the funds, executive director Malcolm Warner extended the museum’s Thursday hours beginning in February 2012, with the exhibits staying open until 9:00 p.m.
"The change opened up opportunities for extra programming, and over the past year we have built up our regular Thursday evening offerings almost to capacity, which these grants will now support," said Warner.
Thursday night programming at the museum consists of various presentations and events.
"These grants help us to continue our robust schedule of programming, and to maintain our newfound partnerships with other organizations such as Laguna Beach Live! and Laguna Dance Festival," said Warner. "We want to do all we can to engage the community and our Thursday evening programs play a big part in that. We hope people will take advantage of them and visit the museum often. There’s always something new and different to enjoy."
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