SUPPORT PRS’S CULTURAL PROGRAMMING AND NEW UPGRADES
We'd like to send a HUGE THANKS to everyone who donated so generously for Giving Tuesday this year. Our End of the Year Giving Campaign runs through December 31st to support PRS's Cultural Programming and Upgrades to its Historic Facility. Already this year we've put a new roof on the Auditorium thanks to the generosity of donors like yourself, and renovated the beautiful Lecture Room and historic offices here at PRS -- but there is much more to be done to preserve PRS's landmark facility so it can continue to offer lectures, concerts, screenings, Tarot workshops, Butoh dance classes, sound baths, Magic Lantern Shows and more for years and years to come!
Over the past 12 months PRS has gone through enormous and exciting changes to increase public access to its collections, greatly expand its arts programming events, and begin much- needed repairs to its nearly 90-year old historic landmark buildings and grounds. These include: - Adding an extra day of public Library hours - 8 new staff hires including a Theatre Manager, Social Media Coordinator, Grantwriter/Fundraiser, Facilities Manager and two Assistant Librarians - Much-needed renovations to the historic Lecture Room, Manly P. Hall’s office and Deputy Director’s Office - Greatly increased public events calendar with such programs as:
-A presentation by theatre dybbuk and Professor Erith Jaffe-Berg on Jewish Theater Making in Renaissance Italy -A screening of a performance of the new modern ballet “Seeds of Rain” set to music by Philip Glass and Zbyněk Matějů, followed by a Q&A with choreographer Raiford Rogers -Award-winning author and journalist Lynell George in conversation about pioneering Black science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler -Krampus Night featuring live Bavarian music and a presentation by author Al Ridenour on the history of the demonic holiday figure in Germanic folklore -Filmmaker Anna Biller discussing her acclaimed film THE LOVE WITCH -“Pacific Ocean Park: The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles' Space Age Nautical Pleasure Pier” with authors Christopher Merritt and Domenic Priore -An Evening with legendary British collage artist, photographer, filmmaker, performer and sculptor Penny Slinger -“Celebrating Pride Month” Series highlighting the contributions of L.A.’s rich and vibrant LGBTQ+ communities including screenings, author talks, storytelling workshops and a free trans self-defense class -A Courtyard Jazz Summer Concert Series co-presented with the nonprofit music org Floating, featuring performances by the Afrofuturist Jazz duo Angel Bat Dawid and Oui Ennui and famed local L.A. Jazz group The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arktet -The Death Café gatherings, part of a worldwide movement of informal gatherings over coffee and tea to discuss issues related to mortality, death and dying
In these challenging times, when censorship and suppression of voices outside the mainstream is on the rise, the value of cultural organizations and libraries, and what they bring to their communities, is more important than ever.For this year’s End of the Year Giving Campaign, we’ve set a Goal of $75,000 to Support PRS’s Artistic Programming and New Upgrades to its historic buildings and grounds, so we can continue to bring you an ever-wider range of lectures, screenings, concerts, performance art and theatre events, gallery exhibits, Magic Lantern shows and much much more!! We’ve received a remarkably generous dollar-for-dollar matching grant from an anonymous donor for this year’s campaign, so every dollar you donate will effectively be doubled.
THE PHILOSOPHICAL RESEARCH SOCIETY IS A LOS ANGELES-BASED, NONPROFIT CULTURAL INSTITUTION FOUNDED IN 1934 AS A REPOSITORY OF MULTICULTURAL WISDOM SOURCES AND A CENTER OF LEARNING WITH A UNIQUE LIBRARY CONTAINING OVER 30,000 RARE VOLUMES. ITS HISTORIC LANDMARK BUILDINGS ARE OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND PRESENT SEMINARS, CLASSES AND CONCERTS ON MYTHOLOGY, THE HUMANITIES AND METAPHYSICS.