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L.A. Without the NEA

L.A. without the NEA: What does that look like? If the National Endowment for the Arts were to lose its funding, as has been proposed by President Trump, would many people notice?

Would you?

The Times is setting out to answer that question in this series that looks at the NEA through the lens of one city and its environs, where the proposed cuts have the potential to affect gargantuan arts institutions and grass-roots programs alike.

Independent Shakespeare Company makes poetry in the park

Erika Soto in Independent Shakespeare Company's "The Tempest" (Mike Ditz)
Erika Soto in Independent Shakespeare Company's "The Tempest" (Mike Ditz)

To borrow a line from Sonnet 18, summer’s lease hath all too short a date when the Independent Shakespeare Company wraps up its annual free performances in Griffith Park each September.

The nonprofit has been staging shows in L.A. parks for 14 years, and now draws an audience of more than 50,000 for 49 performances presented over 11 weeks, beginning in late June.

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