18th Annual OC Arts Awards Honoree Profile:

This is the second in a series of profiles of this year's Orange County Arts Awards honorees. The 2017 OC Arts Awards will take place on Tuesday, October 17 in the Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Tables and tickets are now available for purchase. Complete details may be found here.
JAMES LUNA is a Payómkawichum (Luiseño) Indian and Mexican-American performance artist. His work is known internationally for challenging the ways in which conventional museum exhibitions depict Native Americans, and is often comedic and theatrical in nature. Luna has performed over 58 solo exhibitions since 1981, and has partaken in group exhibitions and projects around the world. In his 1987 "Artifact Piece" at the San Diego Museum of Man, Luna lay still in a display case filled with sand and other artifacts. In the early 1990s Luna stood outside of Washington D.C.'s Union Station and performed "Take a Picture With a Real Indian." In 2005, he was invited to appear at the famed Venice Biennale in Italy, and this year he received a Guggenheim Fellowship.In 2013, he appeared to a capacity audience at the Orange County Great Park in Native Stories: Life From the Colonia to the Rez, in which he recounted his childhood and teen years growing up in Orange County. Luna was born in 1950 in Orange, California and moved to the La Jolla Indian Reservation in 1975, where he lives today. In 1976, he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of California, Irvine, and he received in 1983 a MS in Education Counseling. In 2012, Luna was awarded an honorary PhD in Humanities from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM.
"TABLE OF DIGNITY" to be Unveiled at OC Fair & Event Center

The OC Fair & Event Center will unveil a work of public art, "Table of Dignity," on August 25, 10 am. The work is dedicated to the legacy of the thousands of agriculture workers who helped to build Orange County. The memorial design consists of a central sculptural table surrounded by a field of decomposed granite and perimeter benches with a large-scale entry portal made of rammed earth. OC Fair & Event presents Table of Dignity to honor the contributions agriculture workers made to the growth and prosperity of Orange County. The memorial is located at the OC Fair & Event Center, adjacent to the Millennium Barn at Centennial Farm, a year-round working farm designed to educate the community about the rich agriculture history of Orange County and its importance to daily life. Admission to the unveiling is free.



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Calling all veterans! Arts Orange County, in collaboration with Heroes Hall Veterans Museum at OC Fair & Event Center, is offering a creative opportunity for you to share your stories in a free workshop beginning September 13 and led by noted theatre artist Dave Barton. Click here for more information.
City of Newport Beach Cultural Arts Grants Program
The Newport Beach City Arts Commission invites arts organizations offering cultural arts programs for Newport Beach residents and visitors to apply for 2017/2018 Newport Beach Cultural Arts Grants available through the City Arts Commission. The deadline for applications is September 29, 2017. More details here.
Ovation TV Opens Call for Grant Proposals

New Opportunities for Latino Artists

NALAC is committed to supporting the creation of new work by Latino artists and arts organizations in the United States and Puerto Rico.  NALAC has announced the launch of its twelfth funding cycle of NALAC grant programs. Applications are being accepted until October 5, 2017 for the NALAC Fund for the Arts including new categories, the Adán Medrano Legacy Award in Film ($10,000) for emerging artists and the Mentorship Artist Grant ($15,000). The NALAC Fund for the Arts is made possible in part by a new and rewarding partnership with The  Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of the NALAC Fund for the Arts through the year 2020. Click the link below to learn more about updates to the grant program for 2017 including international travel support via the  Transnational Cultural Remittances: Travel Award.  More information may be found here.
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