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

September 25, 2009 |  8:55 am


-- 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.

-- 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

Photo: Brad Pitt at the 2009 Clinton Global Initiative Special Session: Building A Better Future - A Progress Report on Making it Right in New Orleans, held this week in New York. Credit: Bobby Banks / Getty Images