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Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center

Beyond Baroque is a small, independent literary archive center. Its holdings include chapbooks, volumes of fiction and poetry, literary periodicals, small edition works, and audio recordings of events at the center. The publications relating to poetry and literature date from the 1960s through the 1990s.

McGroarty Art Center Friends

Longtime Verdugo Hills resident John Steven McGroarty was a playwright, columnist, lawyer, congressman, and poet of California. He lived for many years at Rancho Chupa Rosa, a small hacienda near Tujunga that the City of Los Angeles bought in 1953 and now uses to host culture and craft classes. At the turn of the twentieth century, McGroarty crusaded for the restoration of California's early landmarks, especially the missions that once distinguished the state's landscape. In 1911, with the publication of The Mission Play, a drama about Father Junipero Serra and the rise and fall of the California missions, McGroarty became a popular playwright. The play opened in San Gabriel on 29 April 1912. In addition to other plays, including La Golondrina, Osceola, and Babylon, McGroarty wrote poems, novels, historical works, and the Los Angeles Times column "From the Green Verdugo Hills. "The McGroarty Art Center's collection contains the library and memorabilia of John Steven McGroarty, and the center's archival holdings include plays, books, and Los Angeles Times articles written by McGroarty.

Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Outfest's collection is based on sixteen years of presenting films and videos about the gay and lesbian community. Although much of the collection is not Los Angeles-based, Los Angeles is referenced a great deal. The collection contains approximately five hundred titles.

Side Street Projects

Side Street Projects is a community-based, nonprofit arts organization dedicated to helping artists produce and exhibit their work. Located in the Eighteenth Street Arts Complex in Santa Monica, Side Street Projects pro--vides and maintains a fully equipped workshop where local artists can have their pieces fabricated at reasonable rates or do the work themselves. Also available are a gallery for displaying artists' projects and installations and a workroom that can be rented for artists' workshops, lectures, or rehearsals. Side Street Projects is a place where artists really work, and it is alone in providing affordable support services to the local arts community. The organization's collections include catalogs, announcements, newsletters, and slides documenting all exhibits and projects. Side Street Projects also archives past exhibitions of local artists and maintains a Web site featuring local artists.

First Street Gallery Art Center

First Street Gallery/Art Center is founded on the proposition that human potential for creativity and artistic expression is not limited by physical or developmental disabilities. The gallery presents new exhibitions year-round of artwork produced at the center, and artists receive 60 percent of proceeds from sale of their work. First Street's collection includes art in a variety of mediums by adult artists with developmental disabilities.