Arts Commission Unveils It’s New Website

Photo By Deborah Dodge

The Burbank Cultural Arts Commission unveils its website on Wednesday evening at Woodbury University. The commission’s chairman says the new site is interactive, features more than 50 arts venues and will be of special help to out-of-town visitors.


By Joyce Rudolph


Burbank now has a website that is all entertainment all the time.

Photo By Deborah Dodge

Arts enthusiasts joined the city’s Cultural Arts Commission to launch the commission’s yearlong project on Wednesday evening in the Fletcher Jones Foundation Auditorium at Woodbury University.

“This is the culmination of the commission’s vision for an interactive arts website to promote the arts in Burbank, said Lynda Willner, commission chairman. “The web designer, the Pickle Group, translated it perfectly. ”

The website will encourage a closer collaboration among artists and their audiences, and will promote every form of creativity and imagination, Willner added.

The site lists more than 50 cultural venues for dance, media, literature, music, theater, visual arts and museum exhibitions, as well as the various prominent arts groups in Burbank, Willner said.

There is also Dining Plus page that lists restaurants that are tied to entertainment like music, dinner theater or comedy~like Flapper’s. In addition, the calendar helps anybody visiting Burbank find out what’s going on and where.

Photo By Deborah Dodge

“It is really a vibrant and robust arts website,” Willner said. “It’s also colorful and draws you in and makes the user want to know more.”

It lists information on arts education programs and allows art-lovers to post events or sign up for the Cultural Arts e-newsletter.

Emily Gabel-Luddy said the new website will be a tremendous asset to those seeking entertainment venues in a community that is the media capital of the world.

“The website is a portal to our community’s theaters, museums, exhibits, performances, recitals and festivals, ” she said. “Lynda Willner’s quote was perfect. She said ‘the presence of a thriving arts community is fundamental to our humanity.’ ”

And the arts, especially live theater, provides a brief escape from the stress of life, Gabel-Luddy added.

“It transports us from the present to a different world. It’s like a mental vacation,” she said.

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