SHAKESPEARE OC SQUEEZED OUT OF GARDEN GROVE THEATRE
AFTER 37 YEARS OF PERFORMANCES & COMMUNITY SERVICE
JOHN WALCUTT, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, SHAKESPEARE OC AT GARDEN GROVE'S FESTIVAL AMPHITHEATRE
FROM VOICE OF OC:  "It looks like Garden Grove's long relationship with Shakespeare could be coming to an end. The bard's plays have been an annual tradition at the Festival Amphitheater, an outdoor city-owned space, since its completion in 1981. For two years before that, Shakespeare was presented next door to the amphitheater at the Gem Theater, a former movie house also owned by the city....But a series of meetings involving Shakespeare/ Summerfest Orange County (SOC), Garden Grove city officials, and LFA Group LLC, the current producer of shows at the 550-seat amphitheater, have left SOC's producing artistic director, John Walcutt, with what he calls "an impossible situation" with no opportunities to stage plays or hold the company's annual Strawberry Festival fundraiser at the amphitheater." Read more in Voice of OC's article.

ARTSOC's "VOICES" BEGINS 4TH YEAR

Arts Orange County has begun a fourth year of offering its VOICES: Veterans Storytelling Project in collaboration with Heroes Hall at OC Fair & Event Center and Goodwill OC's Tierney Center for Veterans Services. Four of its autumn participants read their stories on October 11 to an audience of 100 at Heroes Hall, including George Davis, USMC, E-5 Sgt., 1968-1972 of Rancho Santa Margarita; Michelle Evans, USAF E4, 1973-80 of Lake Forest; Carol Singleton, Army E-4, 1983-86 of Huntington Beach, and Chrystal Swope, Army E-5, 2002-10 of Costa Mesa. Stories ranged from life before and after military service in addition to their experiences while they served. We invite interested veterans to contact our teaching artist Dave Barton to learn more about this free program.


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PACIFIC CHORALE APPOINTS NEW PRESIDENT & CEO
ANDREW BROWN
Pacific Chorale today announced the appointment of Andrew Brown as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Brown comes to the Chorale following a 17-year tenure at Los Angeles Master Chorale, where he worked his way up from administrative assistant to Chief Operating Officer. He has an undergraduate degree in music education from Ball State in Muncie, Indiana and an MA/MBA in Arts Management from the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. He will begin his tenure with the Chorale on December 3, 2018. Read more here.


Americans for the Arts Action Fund PAC has issues its "Congressional Arts Report Card 2018: Your Guide to Voting for the Arts." It provides a voting history of all members of Congress, including YOURS! We encourage you to check out your Congressional member's voting record here.

Americans for the Arts has released Americans Speak Out About the Arts in 2018, one of the largest national public opinion surveys of American perceptions and attitudes towards the arts and arts funding. The new research demonstrates that Americans continue to be highly engaged in the arts and believe more strongly than ever that the arts promote personal well-being, help us understand other cultures, are essential to a well-rounded education, and that government has an important role in funding the arts. 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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