From the Foundation

The Annenberg Space for Photography today announced its next exhibition, Country: Portraits of an American Sound. This exhibit presents images of the pioneers, poets and icons of country music, and will be offered free to the public May 31 through September 28, 2014. Guest curators for this exhibit are Shannon Perich of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, and Tim Davis and Michael McCall of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum.

Organized in collaboration with National Geographic magazine, The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years celebrates the iconic publication’s 125 year anniversary. National Geographic magazine is the official journal of the National Geographic Society.

Wallis Annenberg, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation, was interviewed by CBS This Morning.

The Annenberg Space for Photography today announced the 2014 lineup of speakers for their popular Iris Nights lecture series presented in conjunction with the exhibit The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years. The series brings to life the most current exhibit, giving attendees unique access to the artists in an intimate setting.   All Iris Nights lectures are free to the public. 

Annenberg Foundation Vice President and Director Gregory Annenberg Weingarten announced that the Annenberg Foundation has purchased 24 sacred Native American artifacts from an auction house in Paris – totaling $530,000 – for the sole purpose of returning them to their rightful owners. Twenty-one of these items will be returned to the Hopi Nation in Arizona, and three artifacts belonging to the San Carlos Apache will be returned to the Apache tribe.

On CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, CNN and the Annenberg Foundation celebrated ten individuals who are making extraordinary contributions to help improve the lives of others.  In conjunction with the show, CNN.com published an op-ed piece by Wallis Annenberg, Chairman of the Board, President & CEO of the Annenberg Foundation, on the future of philanthropy.

On February 28, 2013, in downtown Los Angeles, leaders from government, business and the nonprofit sector pledged their support for a new model of public-private collaboration created to win more funding for Los Angeles.

Annenberg Alchemy, the Annenberg Foundation’s free training program for nonprofit leaders, is accepting applications now through October 31, 2013, for its 2014 Leadership Seminar training sessions.

The Annenberg Foundation has joined with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the State Coastal Conservancy (SCC) and the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission (SMBRC) in their restoration efforts at the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve by funding area C South, a 30-acre zone bounded by Ballona Creek to the southeast, the 90 Freeway to the northeast, Culver Boulevard to the west and the Culver Boulevard/Lincoln Boulevard interchange to the southwest.

The Annenberg Foundation today announced that it awarded $400,000 in grants to an additional ten organizations that competed in the recent My LA2050 Grants Challenge.