A.S.K. no more of legit org

TIME grants, other programs in progress will continue

The board of directors of L.A.-based arts supporter A.S.K. Theater Projects has announced that the org will cease operations as of Sept. 30.

“The board’s decision completely took me by surprise,” said A.S.K. exec director Kym Eisner. “I don’t understand it. Nevertheless, I have to respect their right to make it.”

Move will not impede August’s scheduled announcement of the recipients of A.S.K.’s TIME (Time for Inspiration, Motivation and Exploration) grant program, which provides six under-recognized legit artists with grants of $45,000 each.

The grants were one of three new programs announced by the org last January along with the Los Angeles Initiative, which provided a total of nearly $100,000 in season support to six local theater companies. Third program, the Audrey Award, will not be implemented.

A.S.K. will meet its obligations to the two programs already in progress, the fourth annual Hot Properties season at (Inside) the Ford and New Plays/New Ways.

Org was founded in 1989 by namesake Audrey Skirball-Kenis and her husband Charles Kenis. Skirball-Kenis passed away last year. During its history A.S.K. steadily increased its activity as an arts funder and formed partnerships with London’s Royal Court Theater, New York’s Lincoln Center Theater and the Mark Taper Forum’s New Work Festival in Los Angeles.

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