Artistic Cornucopia to be Featured at OC Arts Awards

Josh Ranz         Lelie Resnick

nilu                                           Trio Dinicu

Dave Cross                      Devin Norris

Diavolo Dance Theatre              Dan Spector  
Arts Orange County's 17th Annual OC Arts Awards will feature a wide range of outstanding local artists.  This year's event takes place on Tuesday, October 25 in the Samueli Theater at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, with VIP reception and dinner prior at Leatherby's Cafe Rouge.   Performing at the reception will be  jazz keyboardist and ensemble leader Devin Norris.   The dinner will feature guitarist Dave Cross.   Performing during the ceremonies will be Lelie Resnick and Josh Ranz (top right) who are musicians of Pacific Symphony, renowned  Diavolo Dance Theatre, pianist Dan Spector,  the gypsy band  Trio Dinicu  and much-heralded singer/songwriter  nilu  ("Gray's Anatomy"). Providing an interactive visual arts experience for guests as they arrive will be Santa Ana artist Adriana Sanchez Alexander "The Arts Awards is the one time each year when the entire Orange County arts community gathers together to celebrate its own stars," says ArtsOC Executive Director Rick Stein.  "And we love to share with our audience a taste of the outstanding talent from all around Orange County."  More information about the event may be found here.
Theatre & Dance Teaching Credential Bill Signed Into Law
Legislation authored by Senator Ben Allen (D - Santa Monica) to establish single-subject teaching credentials for theatre and for dance was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on Monday.  "California is the arts and entertainment capital of the world, yet we are one of only two states in the country that does not authorize teaching credentials in theatre or dance," Allen said. "I am so pleased that we have finally elevated these two important disciplines to the stature they deserve," he added.  Arts Orange County supported the legislation. More information here.



  Arts Orange County is supported in part through funds from
October is National Arts & Humanities Month:  Help Promote It!

Please join Arts Orange County and other organizations all around the country in celebrating October as National Arts and Humanities Month. President Obama has already kicked things off by issuing an official White House Proclamation   that articulates the importance of the arts and culture in our history and in our future. Here's how you can promote National Arts & Humanities Month:
  • Share the President's proclamation on your social media pages with the following link: and get your friends to join the Arts Action Fund for FREE by going to
  • Use this sample tweet: @POTUS proclaimed Oct Nat'l Arts & Humanities Month . Celebrate @ArtsActionFund for FREE . " #ShowYourArt - take a picture of something that you created or just love. Don't forget to tag @ArtsActionFund so we can retweet! 
OC Delegation Returns Inspired by State Arts Conference

Orange County arts leaders attending this year's Confluence, presented by the Californians for the Arts, included Sara Guerrero and Elilzabeth Szkeresh of Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble, Victor Payan and Sandra Pocha Pena of Media Arts Santa Ana, Donna Artukovic, Legislative Advocate for California State PTA, Alex Tin-Maung of the Network of Myanmar American Association in Irvine, and Richard Stein of Arts Orange County.
 Keynote speakers included Nina Simon, Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History and author of the book "The Art of Relevance";  Marc Bamuthi Joseph, the much-awarded performance artist and thought-leader who is Chief of Programs and Pedag ogy at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco; and James Mayer, President & CEO of California Forward, the nonpartisan statewide "think-tank." 
A reminder to paid members of Arts Orange County: the postmark deadline for returning by-laws amendment ballots is October 12.  Thanks!
For information, contact Karen Ahola
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.

Like us on Facebook      Follow us on Twitter   

Arts Orange County, 3730 South Susan Street, Suite 100, Santa Ana, CA 92704