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17th Annual OC Arts Awards Honorees Announced

Yvonne & Damien Jordan     John Forsyte     Mike McGee
Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award Honorees
The Orange County arts community will gather on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 in the Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, to honor its arts stars at the 17th Annual Orange County Arts Awards, hosted by the county's non-profit arts agency, Arts Orange County.
This year's Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy honorees for lifetime contributions to the Orange County arts community include Damien and Yvonne Jordan, arts patrons (above left); John Forsyte, President, Pacific Symphony (above center); Mike McGee, Director, Begovich Gallery & Professor of Art, California State University, Fullerton (above right).
An Achievement Award will be given to PBS SoCal, which has become the region's flagship PBS television station (below left).
Awards will also be given to an Emerging Artist, Yevgeniya Mikhailik (below center), and an Emerging Arts Leader, Allen Moon, founder of Santa Ana Sites (below right).
Honorees, Sponsors and VIP guests will enjoy a pre-event reception and dinner at the elegant Leatherby's Café Rouge before joining ceremony guests for dessert and the evening's program in the Samueli Theater.
"Arts Orange County is proud to host this important annual event which recognizes the outstanding achievements of our wonderful Orange County arts and cultural institutions, artists, and arts philanthropists," commented Arts Orange County Executive Director Richard Stein.  "We have a vibrant, thriving creative ecosystem here in Orange County made possible by the dedication and support of exceptional organizations and individuals such as those we will honor in October."
Each honoree will be profiled in upcoming issues of this newsletter.
Information on sponsorships and reservations may be found here.

PBS SoCal     Yevgeniya Mikhailik    Allen Moon
Achievement Award Honorees
Mexican-American Veterans Mural Nears 4 Year Completion
"Four years ago, on the side of the popular La Chiquita Restaurant,  artist Carlos Aguilar started painting  a portrait of Espindola along with dozens more of the estimated 500,000 Mexican-American soldiers who fought in World War II."  Read more in the OC Register article.
San Clemente's Cabrillo Playhouse Celebrates its 50th Year

"And so it is that San Clemente Community Theatre this year is celebrating 50 years of delivering drama, comedy, musicals, children's theater and special events in a converted Ole Hanson-style house built in 1928. It was the home of San Clemente's first city clerk.
Straddling the corner of Ola Vista and Avenida Cabrillo, it took on the name Cabrillo Playhouse in 1966."   Read more in the OC Register article.



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In Memoriam:
Sylvia Turner

Sylvia Turner, retired Dean of Fine and Performing Arts at Santa Ana College, passed away on May 25.  A former Arts Orange County Board member, Sylvia was an award-winning choreographer and educator who was active in concert dance, professional theater, and arts organizations for many years. She performed professionally in the United States and Japan, and was a former member of the Ann Arbor Dance Theater, the Gloria Newman Dance Company, and was co-founder of Connect 3, a multimedia performance ensemble. In addition to choreographing for nationally competitive skaters, Sylvia Turner wrote on ice skating choreography for "Dance Magazine". Her choreography credits include numerous productions for South Coast Repertory, the SCR Educational Touring Program, "The Lion King Parade and Street Show" at Disneyland, an animated film for the Luxor Hotel, Las Vegas, "Bridge to Angel Island" for Ballet Pacifica, and a collaborative work "Bullwhip Days" based on slave narratives, in addition to her many concert works. She is survived by her husband Richard Turner, an acclaimed sculptor and retired professor of art at Chapman University, and their children.
Dave Barton Awarded Kenneth A. Picerne Foundation Artists Outreach Grant

Dave Barton has been awarded a Kenneth A. Picerne Foundation Artists Outreach Grant.  The project he proposed will enable him to engage homeless women at Isaiah House in Santa Ana in photography. Barton is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer, and art critic for OC Weekly.  He was founder of Rude Guerrilla Theatre Company, which operated in Santa Ana for 12 years, and later founded Monkey Wrench Collective, which briefly had a theater space in Fullerton, but which pursues immersive, site-specific work on a periodic basis today.  As a stage director, he is considered one of the foremost interpreters of the work of the acclaimed British playwright Mark Ravenhill, and he is regularly invited to direct theatre on the Mediterranean island nation of Malta--an experience he wrote about recently in an article in AMERICAN THEATRE magazine.
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