Historic Church & Former Pacific Symphony Center Burns 
From the blog of John Forsyte, President of Pacific Symphon y: "Sad news: this morning, a fire claimed a historic property in Santa Ana, which was formerly the home to Pacific Symphony's offices, library and rehearsals. I fondly recall hearing my very first awesome sounds of Pacific Symphony in 1998 in that space with slanted floors, and I know many of our musicians also have both warm and humorous memories of what was a property adjacent to a fast-food restaurant. Many will not recall that Santa Ana was a savior for Pacific Symphony, underwriting the rent of this facility while also providing Community Development Block Grants to support our education programs. The city was undoubtedly one of the largest institutional supporters of Pacific Symphony and, by far, the largest public funder." More here.
Bloomberg Philanthropies Video: ReStore Costa Mesa 
Bloomberg Philanthropies has produced and posted a video featuring the ReStore Costa Mesa initiative that has gathered together leaders from all sectors for weekly brainstorming and information sharing to plan for the safe reopening of the city's businesses and arts institutions.
Congressional Art Competitions Go Online:
46th District & 49th District Announce Winners 
Arts Orange County has provided assistance again to five of Orange County's Congressional Districts in the annual Congressional Art Competition--but this year, the impact of the COVID-19 crisis moved the contest online. The first districts to announce their winners are the 46th (Santa Ana, Anaheim), represented by Congressman Lou Correa, which has posted all the entries here and is announcing the winners one by one on Facebook, and the 49th District, represented by Congressman Mike Levin (South OC & North San Diego County), who announced his district's winners on a live Facebook Town Hall last week, including the work above by Oceanside High School freshman Juan Garcia. Announcements are expected in the days ahead from the 39th, 45th, and 48th Districts. Arts Orange County awards prizes to the winners thanks to a generous grant from AT&T.
You no longer have any excuse for not immersing yourself in the arts while sheltered in your own home. There are now more than 100 Online & Virtual arts experiences offered by OC arts organizations listed on SparkOC! Also, the pull-down menu has an option for Online Classes & Workshops.
ArtsOC Survey Results on COVID-19 Impact on OC Arts Community Attract Media Attention

Recently, Arts Orange County released the results of its survey of the Orange County arts community's losses due to the pandemic.
Stories about the survey results and interviews with arts leaders have now appeared in
             
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VIRTUAL HAPPY HOUR 
Arts Orange County members (and soon-to-be-members!) are invited to join us for a free virtual Happy Hour (BYOB!) on Friday, May 22, at 4 pm. This will be a chance to chat with ArtsOC staff, meet colleagues, share stories. We welcome all to offer a brief taste of what they are up to artistically by singing of playing a few bars of music, providing a glimpse of a drawing or painting, or reciting some lines of poetry or from a play you are writing or rehearsing. RSVP here. 
Arts Orange County has continued its convenings of major arts leaders to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on their organizations, current thinking about plans to re-open and to share knowledge and resources. Last week, ArtsOC brought together the deans of the major university arts colleges: UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts' Stephen Barker, Cal State Fullerton College of the Arts' Dale Merrill, and Chapman University College of the Performing Arts' Giulio Ongaro. The cohort of large performing arts venues and major producing and presenting organization representatives was brought together for a second meeting. Upcoming convenings include choral organization leaders, city arts coordinators, arts marketing directors, arts development directors, and smaller organizations. For more information contact Karen Ahola kahola@artsoc.org.
CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL APPROVES PLAN FOR ITS NEA CARES ACT FUNDS & RELIEF GRANTS TO ARTISTS
The California Arts Council held an emergency meeting virtually on Friday, May 8, to conduct urgent business surrounding federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) funding and other means of financial support for arts organizations and artists amid the COVID-19 public health crisis. Council members voted unanimously to distribute the $710,400 of State Arts Agency CARES Act funding awarded by the National Endowment from the Arts to the 54 Arts Council's State-Local Partner grantees (including Arts Orange County) on an opt-in basis. The decision requires the designated county arts agencies in the State-Local Partners program to re-grant most of their allocated funds to local arts organizations serving socially vulnerable populations within their communities and that are not eligible for the direct stimulus CARES Act funding. In a separate decision, the Council also voted to establish a rapid relief grant for funding individual artists who represent socially vulnerable communities most highly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing racial inequities. The vote called for the CAC to redirect $1 million in funds previously approved for a pilot individual artists fellowship grant in order to provide more immediate emergency support for impacted California artists. The California Arts Council has identified the Alliance for California Traditional Arts to serve as the administering organization for the grant program, with the capacity to quickly disburse the much-needed awards of $1,000 per artist to grantees statewide from the most highly impacted communities in California. CAC staff will oversee and approve the grant program guidelines developed in partnership with ACTA. More information will be published as it becomes available. Media release here.
COVID-19 IMPACTS ON LOCAL ARTS FROM THE NEWS MEDIA 
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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