"To draw, you must close your eyes and sing." - Pablo Picasso
ArtsOC Celebrates 20th Anniversary & Honors its Founders
Arts Orange Countycelebrated its 20th Anniversary by hosting a recognition event for its founders, past and present Board members at The Irvine Museum on May 19. After an illuminating champagne tour of the museum's current exhibition "The Nature of Water" led by Museum Chair James Irvine Swinden and Museum Director Jean Stern, the 75 attendees enjoyed a social hour. Six of ArtsOC's key founders shared their memories with the gathering, and were then honored with special medallions presented to them by current ArtsOC Board President Rick M. Smetanka and Executive Director Rick Stein: (from left) Founding Executive Director Bonnie Brittain Hall, Mary Lyons, Carl Neisser, Susan Hori, John Stahr, David Emmes. Since its inception, ArtsOC has had 110 individuals volunteer their time to serve on its Board, all of whom were invited to attend this event. Attendees also included several of ArtsOC's former staff members and the leaders of some of Orange County's major arts organizations. The event was conceived and generously underwritten by Board member Kay Mortenson.
Rep. Mimi Walters Congressional Art Competition Reception
Wearing a festive musical-themed dress, Congresswoman Mimi Walters hosted a reception on May 21 at the Orange County Great Park Art Gallery for winners of the 45th District Congressional Art Competition, assisted by Arts Orange County's Rick Stein for a second year. The winner, Daisy Son, will travel to Washington DC for a reception honoring all winners nationwide, with airfare contributed by Southwest Airlines. The local prizes are sponsored by AT&T through a grant to ArtsOC.
FINAL WEEK! ENDS MAY 29TH!
31st ANNUAL IMAGINATION CELEBRATION
Over 50 free & affordable arts events for the entire family are featured.
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Musco Center Appoints its First Executive Director:
Richard T. Bryant
The new Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University has appointed Richard T. Bryant as its first Executive Director. Bryant oversaw its opening following his November 2015 appointment as Interim Executive Director. Bryant's Orange County roots run deep. He served for ten years (1987-1996) as director of communications and marketing for Segerstrom Center for the Arts (then known as Orange County Performing Arts Center) and was extremely active in the OC arts community. After that, he served as the first vice president of marketing and public relations for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ. He has also had a 20 year career as a consultant to some of the nation's major arts organizations.
General Manager Position at Irvine Barclay Theatre Changes Hands
Chris Burrill, longtime General Manager at the Irvine Barclay Theatre is leaving Orange County to become Executive Managing Director of the Hammer Theatre at San Jose State University (formerly the home of San Jose Rep). He is being succeeded by Karen Wood, who left the position of Executive Director at Laguna Playhouse in February, where she worked for eight years. The position reports to Interim President Jerry Mandel.
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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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