8th Annual Creative Edge Lecture Features U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera
Admission is FREE!  Tuesday, March 14, 10 a.m.
RenĂ©e & Henry Segerstsrom Concert Hall
Arts Orange County Relocates to New Arts Hub

Arts Orange County has moved into the new building housing Pacific Symphony and OC Music & Dance.  It is located on the corner of MacArthur & Fitch in Irvine, just off the 55 Freeway about one mile from John Wayne Airport.  The building is the brainchild of arts patron and founder of Pick Up Stix restaurants Charlie Zhang.  Twenty years ago, Arts Orange County was initially housed in the offices of the Orange County Community Foundation, and later moved to the Lake Center complex in Santa Ana where is operated for more than a decade.  "For many years, ArtsOC envisioned the establishment of one or more arts incubator or arts hub buildings in the county, so it was a dream come true for us when we learned of the opportunity to lease space in this newly opened facility," commented ArtsOC President & CEO Rick Stein.  ArtsOC will announce an open house reception in the near future.
Segerstrom Center Breaks Ground on New Plaza

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has broken ground on construction of a newly designed and expanded public plaza, named in honor of George & Julianne Argyros.  More details here.
Arts Orange County's new address is:
17620 Fitch Avenue, Suite 255, Irvine CA 92614-6081
Our phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same.



  Arts Orange County is supported in part through funds from
Statewide Arts Education Convening in Orange County
March 14 - 15, 2017
Create CA and Orange County Dept. of Education will present "Creative Schools for All: Collaboration Creates Change," a 3rd Annual Statewide Arts Education Convening, March 14 - 15, 2017 in Costa Mesa.
With four years of evolving changes in public education, California arts education leaders will come together to:
  • Identify and investigate the new challenges facing arts education
  • Learn about effective resources and strategies to address student and educator needs, and
  • Provide input and guidance about next steps needed in order to increase quality arts education for all students in California.
This two-day convening will include the 8th Annual Creative Edge Lecture at the Segerstrom Concert Hall, additional keynote speakers and engaging professional development breakout sessions.  More details here.
Shakespeare OC Appoints
New Managing Director
Tess Lina has been named Managing Director of Shakespeare OC.  A noted actress, she earned her undergraduate degree from DePauw University in Indiana, then completed her conservatory training at the Drama Division at The Juilliard School. She has performed internationally onstage, most notably in Sir Peter Hall's touring epic hit Tantalus, a co-production of The Royal Shakespeare Company and the Denver Center.  Her list of theatre credits also includes the world premiere of Dogeaters at The La Jolla Playhouse, as well as productions at The Guthrie Theater, the Mark Taper Forum, Laguna Playhouse, San Jose Rep, and Indiana Rep. Film and TV credits include House, Revenge, NCIS, CSI, Star Trek Enterprise, and Law & Order Criminal Intent, and the indie feature Danika, starring Marisa Tomei.  She is a founding Board and company member of Shakespeare OC, and was seen there as Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and as Gertrude in Hamlet.
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.

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