Arts Orange County proudly presents its 9th Annual CREATIVE EDGE LECTURE in partnership with the Orange County Department of Education and Fourth District PTA, title sponsor:  The Boeing Company.  This free lecture will take place on Tuesday, March 20 at 10 am at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, and will feature Dr. Robert Duke. 
Duke is the Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor and Head of Music and Human Learning at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is University and University of Texas System Distinguished Teaching Professor, Director of the Center for Music Learning, and Clinical Professor in the Dell Medical School. For the past six years, he directed the psychology of learning program at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. Dr. Duke's research on human learning and behavior spans multiple disciplines, and his most recent work explores the refinement of procedural memories and the analysis of gaze in teacher-learner interactions. A former studio musician and public school music teacher, he has worked closely with children at-risk, both in the public schools and through the juvenile justice system. He is the author of Scribe 4 behavior analysis software, and his most recent books are Intelligent Music Teaching: Essays on the Core Principles of Effective Instruction, The Habits of Musicianship, which he co-authored with Jim Byo of Louisiana State University, and Brain Briefs, which he co-authored with Art Markman, his co-host on the public radio program and podcast Two Guys on Your Head, produced by KUT Radio in Austin.  TICKETS ARE FREE, BUT RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.  DETAILS HERE.
CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL ISSUES ANNUAL REPORT

The state's arts agency, California Arts Council (CAC), has released its annual report for 2016-17. In that year, the Council awarded 1,037 total grants totaling $15,124,000 in 15 program categories. Its total budget of $18,751,000 places it 40 th  among the 50 states in per capita arts funding. Additionally, the CAC manages $6,197,000 in Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation funds applicable to the Arts in Corrections program.
In 2016-17, 19 CAC grants totaling $179,944 were awarded to 13 OC arts organizations, including: Arts & Learning Conservatory, Arts Orange County, Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble, Media Arts Santa Ana, Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Orange County Department of Education, Orange County Women's Chorus, Pacific Chorale, Pacific Symphony, Philharmonic Society of Orange County, Relampago del Cielo, Shakespeare Orange County, Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association.  View the annual report here.
CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL ISSUES ANNUAL REPORT

The Newport Beach City Arts Commission is sponsoring a photography contest to encourage public awareness of the new sculptures in Civic Center Park. The public is invited to submit photographs of one or more of the sculptures on display in Civic Center Park.  Details here.

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CITY OF SANTA ANA ARTS GRANTS

The City of Santa Ana has opened the application process for its latest round of "Investing in the Artist" grants to individual artists and arts organizations. Understanding that a financial barrier is often times all that stands in the way of an artists' next critical step in their career, Investing in the Artist grants distribute small, but impactful funds to emerging and established artists, serving as a catalyst to further their work while living and creating in Santa Ana, resulting in a more vibrant local art scene. The Santa Ana Arts and Culture Commission supports ambitious projects that embrace experimentation and focus on process, as well as emerging artist essentials, such as materials, supplies, or business and website fees. Emerging artists may apply for up to $1,500, mid-career artists up to $5,000, and arts organizations up to $10,000. Deadline is May 3. More details about eligibility and online application here.
INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT MUZEO

Muzeo, Anaheim's museum and cultural center, has appointed Josh Spears as Interim Executive Director, following the move of former director Dan Finley to a new position at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona. 
Spears, an Anaheim native and long-term resident, came to Muzeo in 2016 to help launch the Dressing Downton exhibition and has been an integral part of the team since that time.  More.
NATIONAL ARTS MARKETING, DEVELOPMENT & TICKETING CONFERENCE
San Francisco - May 15-16

Special offer to friends of ArtsOC: 3-for-1 registration through March 16 deadline.  Details here.

Working on your taxes?

California taxpayers can directly contribute to the Keep Arts in Schools Fund through their California 2017 Individual Tax Returns (due by April 17, 2018).  Find out how to do it here.
Arts Orange County is the leader in building appreciation of, participation in and support for the arts and arts education throughout Orange County. 
It is a powerhouse in advancing Orange County's arts ecology, a trailblazer in advocating workforce development through arts education, a leader in building future audiences and a trendsetter in the world of nonprofit arts councils.

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