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LOS ANGELES, Dec 8, 2006 (UPI via COMTEX) -- One month after the Museum of Neon Art in downtown Los Angeles celebrates its 25th birthday, executive director Kim Koga will need to find a new facility.

The institution's lease expires at the end of January at the W. Olympic Boulevard location MONA has called home for 10 years, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Koga is looking for a new site for the museum while she seeks short-term storage for electric artworks, neon photographs, and icons like a Broadway Hollywood sign dating to 1931. She has looked at the old Subway Terminal Building, now an apartment building, and the basement of the Eastern Columbia building where lofts are being constructed.

Neither site panned out, the newspaper said. Constant increases in rent and redevelopment efforts in the downtown L.A. area challenge the 400-member museum operating on a $200,000 annual budget.

A fundraising party and silent auction are scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Design Within Reach Store in Beverly Hills, Calif.


Copyright 2006 by United Press International

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