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22 OC Organizations Awarded California Arts Council Grants

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On Thursday, California Arts Council approved its Cycle A grants for 2022, and 26 were awarded to 22 Orange County organizations, totaling over $650,000.

The application period is now open for Cycle B grants, including Artists in Schools, Arts Education Exposure, Arts Integration Training, Creative Youth Development, Jump StArts, Statewide and Regional Networks, and opportunities to apply to serve as administering organizations for the CAC for four statewide regional programs. Details here.

General Operating Relief Grants

Choral Arts Initiative - $10,925

Ektaa Center - $23,750

Give a Beat Foundation - $28,500

LibroMobile Arts Cooperative - $28,500

Media Arts Santa Ana - $28,500

Museum of Make Believe - $28,500

RX Ballroom Dance - $28,500

Wayward Artist - $19,000

Educational Enrichment Foundation for the Arts - $27,000

Fullerton Museum Center - $27,000

Relampago del Cielo - $11,250

South Coast Symphony - $27,000

South Indian Music Academy - $17,000


Reentry Through the Arts Grants

Give a Beat Foundation - $47,109

Muckenthaler Cultural Center - $45,000

Impact Project Grants

Creative Identity - $19,000

LibroMobile Arts Cooperative - $19,000

The Chance Theater - $19,000

Wayward Artist - $14,250

Dance Music Initiative - $16,110

Hope Center for the Arts - $18,000


Cultural Pathways Grants

Art Spread - $19,000

Brain and Body Music Studio - $25,200

Women’s Journey Foundation - $27,000


State-Local Partnership Grant

Arts Orange County - $62,000


Jump StArts Grant

Arts Orange County - $13,500

10 from Orange County Selected for CAC Grant Panel Pool

At Thursday's meeting California Arts Council (CAC) also approved the addition of new individuals to its pool of prospective grants panel reviewers, among them these are 10 from Orange County: Alexandr Bederman, Newport Beach, artist; Diana Farrell, Irvine, opera singer & impresario; Sakina Ibrahim, Laguna Beach, dance educator; Susan Petrella, Fullerton, creative director; Thea Pueschel, Fullerton, writer; Caroline Reyes, Huntington Beach, musician; Christine Lee Smith, Anaheim, photographer; Jie Tian, Yorba Linda, librarian and writer; Marcela Torres Ibarra, Irvine, curator; Katherine Zhukovsky, Irvine, artist. CAC continues to accept applications to serve in this capacity and approves additional panel pool members periodically. More information here.

Also, these three local artists served on the grants review panels for the Cycle A grants: Sanjay Yadav of Anaheim, a poet, served on the General Operating Relief Grants panel; Alison Sotomayor of Anaheim, a TV producer and independent documentary filmmaker, and Fatima Franks of Irvine, a visual artist, served on the Impact Project Grants panel.

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Call for Nominations:

2022 Orange County Arts Awards

Arts Orange County’s 22nd OC Arts Awards event will take place on Tuesday, October 18 in the Samueli Theater at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Nominations for honorees are now being accepted through May 31. For guidelines, a cover sheet form, and to access a list of past honorees, visit our Arts Awards page here.

Seeking Artists for These Major Projects


Orange County artists are invited to submit for a project featuring two original works to hang in the new Costa Mesa workspace of Compass Diversified.

All-inclusive budget up to $55,000.

Submission deadline is May 31.

Full details here.


Southern California artists are invited to submit for two projects comprising the Placentia Gateway: a sculpture (all-inclusive budget up to $400,000) and murals (all-inclusive budget up to $100,000).

Submission deadline is May 31.

Full details here.

This project was featured in an article in the OC Register yesterday here.

In Memoriam

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Steven L. Rieman, formerly of Costa Mesa, who moved in 1979 to Yucca Valley to create a home and art studio, has died. He "returned" to Orange County in 2017 when the first of three sculptures, "Flight," was selected for the Sculpture Exhibition in Civic Center Park. In 2019, his kinetic work "Chairman of the Board" (below) was selected for display, and in 2021 his "Birdman" was selected. He later donated "Chairman" to the City for permanent display. Read more here.

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Pat Poss, of Fullerton, an arts patron who served on the Board of Directors of Segerstrom Center for the Arts for more than 30 years, and also served on the Arts Orange County Board, has died.

On April 28, 2022, Pat was unanimously appointed with the honor of Director Emeritus by the Executive Committee of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. She is only the third board member, and the first female, to receive this recognition.  

Read more in Stu News here.

District 39 Congressional Art Competition Winner Announced

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Orange County School of the Arts Freshman Doyeon (Jennifer) Kim from La Habra was named the winner of the 2022 CA-39 Congressional Art Competition. Her winning artwork, titled, "A Soulful Night Market," will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC for one year. In announcing the news, U.S. Representative Young Kim (CA-39) gave the following statement: “I am so impressed by the creativity and skill exhibited by the 90 talented high school artists who submitted their artwork for this year’s CA-39 Congressional Art Competition, the largest competition we have had held to date,” said Rep. Kim. “Jennifer’s artwork, ‘A Soulful Night Market,’ portrays the tradition of communities uniting with food at street markets, and I am pleased that my colleagues in Congress and thousands of visitors from around the world will be able to view it in our nation's Capital building.” 

After careful consideration by judges Lisa M. Berman of Berman Arts Agency and a Curator at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton and Benjamin Gonzalez, Chair of the Cultural and Fine Arts Commission for the City of Buena Park, the following winners were chosen:   

  • 1st Place: A Soulful Night Market by Doyeon (Jennifer) Kim, Orange County School of the Arts 
  • 2nd Place: Obasan by Lujing Kuwei, Glen A. Wilson High School 
  • 3rd Place: Welcome Home by Samantha Hernandez, Buena Park High School 

The submissions for the 2022 CA-39 Congressional Art Competition can be found here


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