REMINDER! DEADLINE FOR 2017 ARTS AWARDS NOMINATIONS IS APRIL 1ST (NO FOOLING!)
GUIDELINES & NOMINATION FORMS HERE.

ACTION ALERT!
FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ARTS, CULTURE, HUMANITIES, MUSEUMS & PUBLIC BROACASTING
IS BEING ELIMINATED IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S PROPOSED BUDGET!
ARTSOC ASKS YOU TO JOIN IN OPPOSITION TO THIS THREAT.
US Poet Laureate Herrera Wows ArtsOC Lecture Audience

Hundreds were wowed by this year's Creative Edge Lecture speaker, Juan Felipe Herrera, at Tuesday's event at Segerstrom Center for the Arts., including students from Orange County School for the Arts, The Waldorf School, and attendees of a statewide arts education conference being held in Costa Mesa.  The annual lecture is presented by ArtsOC in collaboration with OC Department of Education, Segerstrom Center for the Arts and 4th District PTA.  The title sponsor since the inception of this program 8 years ago is The Boeing Company.  More photos from the event here.
City of Mission Viejo Approves New Cultural Arts Master Plan

The Mission Viejo City Council voted Tuesday evening to approve a Cultural Arts Master Plan for the city.  The plan was prepared by Arts Orange County, which was selected through a request for qualifications in June 2015, and involved a ten month process of research and collecting community input.  The plan was reviewed by a committee of the city's Community Services Commission, which then recommended its adoption by the City Council.  Arts OC's recommendations included  diversifying City arts programs, sustaining and growing the city's art in public places program, growing the city's investment in arts and culture through public and private funding and developing visual and performing arts facilities. The plan document may be downloaded here.
City of Irvine Approves Temporary Amphitheater at Great Park

"In an effort to replace the now-closed Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, the Irvine City Council on Tuesday, March 14, unanimously approved the building of a temporary 12,000-seat amphitheater adjacent the Orange County Great Park...The temporary amphitheater will be built on a private property, owned by FivePoint, at the south end of the runways of the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. The location is less than two miles from the former Irvine Meadows, which closed in October after a 35-year run so that the landowner Irvine Co. can build the next phase of its Los Olivos apartment community. Under FivePoint's proposal submitted in September, Live Nation, which ran Irvine Meadows, would design and build the new amphitheater and adjacent parking." Read more in the OC Register article here.
Pacific Symphony & Musicians  Ratify 5-Year Contract
Pacific Symphony musicians--members of the Orange County Musicians Association, Local 7, of the American Federation of Musicians (AF of M)--and Symphony management announced that the musicians and Board of Directors have ratified a landmark contract. The agreement includes new service guarantees for musicians, which will provide for meaningful growth in performance opportunities across the span of the contract, and a more predictable income and schedule for the musicians.  The collective bargaining agreement also includes wage increases totaling 10.4 percent over five years. The agreement, effective through Aug. 31, 2021. More here.

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AWARDS & APPOINTMENTS
Adriana Sanchez Alexander, founder of Santa Ana's Workshop for Community Arts, has been awarded a $5,000 grant from National Association of Latino Arts and Culture to support a bookmaking project that brings together Santa Ana writers, artists, and residents to produce a series of community-written and community-published children's picture books.  More here.
South Coast Repertory's Managing Director Paula Tomei (right) received the City of Costa Mesa Mayor's Award from Mayor Katrina Foley (left), who stated "Paula has been instrumental in ensuring South Coast Repertory's mission to advance the art of theatre in service of the community, and to extend that service through educational, intercultural, and community engagement programs." More here.
Concordia University alumnus and adjunct faculty member Christian Guebert of Orange has won Pacific Chorale's 2016 Young Composers Competition. His winning composition, "The Untold Want," will receive its world premiere with a performance and recording by the John Alexander Singers under the direction of Pacific Chorale Artistic Director and Conductor John Alexander during his final American Voices concert. More here.
Mechelle Lawrence Adams, Executive Director of Mission San Juan Capistrano, has been appointed to the Orange County Historical Commission. Lawrence Adams was appointed to the Fifth District by Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, and approved by the Board
of Supervisors on March 14.
CSUF's Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana is one of five winners of the 2017 Arts Entrepreneurship Awards presented by Fractured Atlas. It was recognized for its work in the Opera Vireo project.  More 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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