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Monster Mash: Demoted NEA communications chief resigns; MOCA raises $60 million; Brad Pitt honored for New Orleans work

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-- Going, going, gone: Yosi Sergant, the recently demoted communications chief of the National Endowment for the Arts, has resigned from the organization.-- Pounding the pavement: The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles says it has raised nearly $60 million since December, when it revealed that it was in financial trouble.

-- Cultural casualty: Brandeis University President Jehuda Reinharz is stepping down; earlier, he faced criticism that he recommended the closure of the school’s Rose Art Museum.

-- Architectural philanthropy: Brad Pitt receives an award from the U.S. Green Building Council for his work on the Make It Right project in New Orleans.

-- Art of the deal: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has announced an agreement to place the collection of Donald and Doris Fisher at the museum.

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-- Fading light: Downtown L.A. boosters are disappointed by the Museum of Neon Art‘s coming move to Glendale.

-- Back from the brink: British architect David Adjaye talks about his recent brush with bankruptcy.

-- Labor of love: Musicians of the Sarasota Orchestra in Florida have filed charges against management alleging unfair labor practices.

-- Moving on: William Thorsell, the director of the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada, is stepping down after nearly 10 years.

-- New home: ‘La Posada Magica,’ which has been a holiday theater staple in Costa Mesa for 15 years, is moving to L.A.

-- Financial setback: The Orlando Ballet has lost funding from Florida’s Orange County cultural tourism program.

-- David Ng


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